Most people into cooking/crafting and a lot of mommies too here in the Philippines probably share my dilemma that a lot of important things are quite hard to find, or if so, only found in specialty shops. Here’s a quick list of things that I’ve been searching for that I’m quite happy to have found in places around town. :-) Feel free to comment and/or add!
Natural peanut butter (without hydrogenated oils) – Landmark Supermarket, Makati
Aluminum-free baking powder – Healthy Options (any branch should have it)
Whole wheat flour, whole wheat pastry flour, self-rising flour – Healthy Options, Market Market Supermarket
Chipotle peppers in adobo sauce – Metro Market Market Supermarket
Tahini – Healthy Options, Santis
Rennet – apparently you can order from UP Los Banos – still trying to figure out how to get my hands on some without going all the way there!
Blocks of unsweetened, dark, semi-sweet, white chocolate, Dutched cocoa and Valhrona chocolate too – Chefs’ Nook
Water chestnuts – Metro Supermarket, Alabang Town Center (then would probably have it in Market Market too!)
Whole wheat pastry flour – Healthy Options
Liquid smoke – Metro Supermarket, Rustan’s Supermarket
Lawry’s Seasoned Salt – S&R
Tapioca flour – Spices and Flavours (they closed their branch in Market! Market! so now you have to find them in the Salcedo Market)
Carbon steel wok – True Value carries one by Ken Hom
Bellybuds – Babyland, Glorietta 3 near Mercury Drug
Breastmilk bags – Mothercare, Baby Company, or on Multiply
Breast pumps – Mothercare or Baby Company BUT I suggest you order through Amazon, even with shipping cost it is much much cheaper. I use Avent since I use Avent bottles and breastmilk storage cups so it fits seamlessly into my collection but Medela is also popular.
Lactation cookies and goodies – Mommy Treats, link here. Yummy milk-boosting treats (although some have expected aftertaste because of the herbs used). Very quick delivery too!
Lactation massage – Lita Nery