Believe it or not, I actually really enjoy going to the grocery store. There is something about strolling through the linoleum-paved aisles and perusing the fully-stocked shelves that sparks a certain spontaneity and exploration I find lacking in my daily routine, especially these days. I understand why people don’t like going: it can be a chore and a hassle, and even risky these days. Recently though, I came across a new way to grocery shop. It’s not a meal-kit service, but is instead a way to make finding those hard-to-find groceries much easier—and it’s entirely online.
If you haven’t already added Umamicart to your bookmarks bar, you should. The site stocks over 500 well-curated Asian grocery products, including hard-to-find snacks, fresh produce, meat, sauces, and other panty staples. If you order over $49 worth of groceries (which isn’t difficult to do) before 3PM, it will all ship free to your door by the next day. While they only ship to parts of the Northeast as of now, they are hoping to expand in the near future.
Dumpling Essentials Kit
The shopping experience is well thought out, too. You can see favorites, or shop by category and unearth virtual aisles they’ve created to make the shopping experience more fluid. They also offer meal kits and recipes, like Dumpling Essentials or Hot Pot Essentials to help you along your culinary journey.
As for the hard-to-find groceries, that’s something I love most of all. Not only do they stock the difficult to find but extremely trendy Fly by Jing Sichuan Chili Crisp (that I slather over absolutely everything), they also have Pocky (which I have to walk 30 minutes to get otherwise), noodles and rice cakes, and even specialty produce like Japanese Eggplant and Chinese Cauliflower.
Fly by Jing Sichuan Chili Crisp
While I don’t use Umamicart to shop for all of my groceries, it is perfect for those more specialty items that are hard to find. Instead of searching all over town for them, they are now just a couple of clicks away.
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