Monday, 25 October 2010

Parramatta Interchange area

Recently I have been catching a train from Central to Parramatta and then changing over to a T-way bus (either the T65 or T65) to get home.  Apparently I should be doing the Central to Blacktown and catching a T-way bus from there but that kicks me into the next MyMultizone and it's just not worth it timewise.  The other alternative is of course catching the 616X or 616 from Haymarket to home... which is very convenient but takes forever!  (over 1.5 hours).

Anyway one of the benefits of doing the swap over at Parramatta is the stop in Parramatta.  There is an IGA Xpress where I can pick up last minute groceries and they even usually have cheap bananas or strawberries on sale too.  There is a small fruit and vegetable shop and a smattering of other useful shops such as Chinese style bakery and a Chicken shop.  Priceline is also there but I never see it open when I go through unless it's Thursday late night shopping.

I've been missing my Chinese groceries which I use to pick up when I parked in Blacktown but decided to venture out a bit further today than inside Westfields when getting to Parramatta.  Lo and behold when I got off the escalator when exiting the train station (towards the bus area) I saw a Chinese grocery sign for Sing Kee Asian Groceries.  I peered in and it looked like a nice little Chinese Grocery shop so I went around the corner to the entrance.  Wow.  A big thriving Chinese Grocery shop with vegetables some meat and lots and lots of groceries.  And cheap too!  3 bags of dumplings I usually get for $10 in Blacktown were $8.99.  My QQ noodles were $4.30 (not $4.90 as per World Square prices.  I even got some Bok Choy -- 3 bunches for $1.50.  BARGAIN :D

And opposite the Grocery Shop I spied a Chinese BBQ type eatery as well as a Japanese Bakery.  I'm sure there are other options around there too but need to find a more suitable time to explore than when I'm trying to rush home to cook.
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