Saturday, January 30, 2010
When go visiting during Chinese New Year, usually we bring along some gifts - Mandarin oranges is a must, sweets, biscuits, groundnuts and other sweet tidbits. It symbolises bringing good fortune, bountifulness and happiness to the house.
You can find these items in hypermarkets, supermarkets and mini markets.
Recently, I bought 2 of each famous brands groundnuts from a hypermarket at offer price. Very disappointed. The ground nuts tasted awful and a mix of not-so-fresh nuts... I loved groundnuts but difficult to get the good groundnut taste of yester-years.
My wife bought a packet of red date from another hypermarket. When we opened, got a shock to find the content inside - the weight was correct as stated but it filled up half of the box only. It was supposed to be seedless, but many were with seeds. It contained 11 pcs only. The packing exactly same as another old and famous brand in the market. Watch out for brand and weight, do not be confused by the similar packaging.
Opportunistic tactics during Chinese New Year.