Exploring the Turkish bazaar – the International Supermarket


Fruit salad anyone?

I’m not sure how long the International Supermarket has been in business (about 15 years ago it was an antique’s shop) but it’s a great place to buy bargain priced fruit and vegetables, herbs and spices, olives and oils, bread and baklava, cheese, honey, jams, teas, you name it really! This is where we head to when we’re hunting for inspiration or ‘hard to find’ ingredients. Every time there’s a new food trend – date molasses, pomegranate seeds, dried mulberries, fresh garlic… the International is the place to start.

It is a treasure trove of Turkish and Mediterranean foods, here’s some of the exciting ingredients we found today…


Spanish Padron peppers – fry in olive oil for a few mins, sprinkle with sea salt & grab a beer


Kohlrabi – peel, grate and dress with mustard mayo for a fresh coleslaw


Fresh green garlic – crush into yogurt for a healthy alternative to garlic aioli dip


A wall of pulses and grains


Roasted red pepper sauces – great for soups and stews and to serve with BBQ grilled meats


Pides and other Turkish breads


Trays of Baklava


Sour pomegranate molasses – great salad dressing with walnuts, feta, rocket and red onion


Fig jam – try it on a pizza or crispy flatbread topped with gorgonzola or goat cheese, basil and proscuitto


Date syrup – a tasty alternative to maple syrup for Pancake Day


Poppy seed puree – I’m thinking lemon and poppy seed cake


Jars of nuts & honey – perfect topping for thick Greek or Turkish yoghurt


Sweet Greek dried figs – probably the healthiest snack food


Tea spices – still working out what to do with these!


Spicy sucuk Turkish sausages – use like chorizo, in bean and vegetable soups and casseroles


Yufka Turkish pastry sheets – like filo pastry, use for making spinach or mince meat burek pastries

The International Supermarket
15-17 High Street, Walthamstow, London, E17 7AB

Open daily, 8am -9pm

Also at: 146-150 George Lane, South Woodford, London, E18 1AY

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3 Responses to Exploring the Turkish bazaar – the International Supermarket

  1. There’s a similar Turkish fruiterer in Wood Street where the prices are very good and where the people are charming.


  2. David says:

    They have problems with their food hygiene according to the latest food standards inspection (July 2013) http://ratings.food.gov.uk/business/en-gb/514081/International-Supermarket-Walthamstow

    Perhaps avoid fresh meat & deli goods


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