A student's guide to international food shops in Portsmouth
International food shops are really important for international students and luckily there are a number of these shops across Portsmouth.
Some of the food you may need can be found in supermarkets like Tesco, Lidl and Asda, but for more specific items you'll need to make a trip to one of the dedicated international food shops.
Here are some of our favourites.
Sun Hung Chang
233 Commercial Road
This store is especially good for Chinese international students. They stock a great variety of products that are all good value for money. The staff are also super friendly and helpful.
33 Arundel St
Asia Mart has a good selection of different Asian foods, sauces and spices - as well as tools that you may need like chopsticks and steamers. There you can be sure to find lots of noodles of all types and flavours and different ingredients of all East and some south Asian cuisine.
This store is definitely more geared towards East Asian cuisine, stocking things such as soy sauce, chilli paste, soybean paste, nori and more. I frequent the store to buy kimchi, chilli paste and rice cakes so that I can make Korean dishes like kimchi spaghetti and tteokbokki.
Portsmouth International Food Centre
47-49 Fratton Rd
This place is near Fratton station and Asda. You can get a wide variety of Asian spices, as well as a selection of Halal meat for a good price.
Okey Chinese Supermarket
106 Elm Grove
Okey Chinese Supermarket is like Asia Mart, but better. The amount of choice there is simply phenomenal and stock plenty of products that you won't be able to find anywhere else, like Chinese dried mango.
It is difficult to explain the variety of foods that are stocked in Okey Chinese Supermarket but to name a few, there's a huge variety of noodles, many types of frozen Asian pastries and a very large sauce aisle.
I would recommend it to all of those that are missing their local cuisine, or have a love for East Asian food.
Mediterranean Super Market
111-113 Elm Grove
All things Mediterranean right here, including our favourite breads like Khubs and Laban. You can also get fresh vegetables and baked goods.
His Glory Food Store
95 Fawcett Rd
His Glory Food Store is a small African food store on Fawcett Road. It has most of the African food essentials you could need including stock, spice mixes, fou fou, plantain chips and of course plantain itself.
It’s in a great location, close to the main student areas, so is very easy to get to. If you have a craving to make jollof rice, whether it be Nigerian, Ghanaian or anywhere else… you can find your ingredients here.