South China Seas Trading Co is a tiny specialty shop located on Granville Island. For such a small space, they've managed to pack it with extremely fresh - and often difficult to find - ingredients. Some of the things they were selling - turmeric root, galangal, black garlic, ghost peppers - I've never seen available anywhere before, some things I've only read about online. The ginger they had looked so fresh and juicy, a far cry from the dry, wrinkled pieces that I'm used to seeing in most grocery stores. Everything is chosen and displayed with care, even if you aren't looking for anything in particular, it's nice to browse their selection and maybe find something new to try.
They also sell a variety of other specialty items such as kettles, comals, molcajetes, tortilla presses and a selection of books related to cooking, regional cuisines and food in general. It's difficult to resist the temptation to buy everything that catches your eye, especially knowing it's hard to find some of these things anywhere else, even if you don't know what to do with them! After this visit, we came away with a head of black garlic which turned out to be surprisingly sweet, kind of like balsamic vinegar mixed with honey - delicious!