“ Wing Yip / 375 Nechells Park Road / Nechells / Birmingham / B7 5NT / Tel: 0121 327 6618 / Fax: 0121 327 6612. „
I'm sure that there are many retailers around stocking chinese produce, but Wing Yip is by far the best out of all of them. Large in size, and stocking a whole wealth of cooked and uncooked oriental ingredients and dishes.
Based in Birmingham, the shopping experience is pretty multicultural, although (as expected), there does tend to be a lot of Chinese people either buying for their families or buying in bulk for their own stores/takeaways. The only downside is it's exact location. Transport wise, it's pretty isolated. For those who live just outside of Birmingham, getting there would not be easy. Taking a car is the best option. Parking is pretty good, although at later times the car park does fill up quickly.
If you're looking to eat Chinese food or cook your own Chinese dish then it is highly likely that you will find everything that you are looking for under one roof. Prices are reasonable and quality is great. You can even get yourself a Chinese rice cooker (which is much better than the typical English ones that they sell in supermarkets, in my opinion).
For those of you who love Chinese food, this place is a must visit. You'll get to buy food that you may have never tried before such as Durian and pig stomach.
The store is pretty big, including a section in the back (which I believe is currently being refurbished/extended) which houses all the massive sacks of rice for you to cook at home.
I can not praise this store enough, and it is definitely worth a trip there if you love oriental cuisine. You won't regret it!
Upon arriving at Wing Yip it looks nothing more than a tarted up old warehouse and essentially that is what it is. Originally opened as a catering wholesaler this store is nothing more than a warehouse for chefs and restaurants alike to purchase their goods. However somewhere along the line a mere pedestrian must have stumbled into the store by accident and opened up a whole new world of shopping for the rest of us. The store is HUGE, make no mistake if you are going to browse you will be in there in excess of 2 hours!
Your first section in this store is the frozen goods. The food ranges from the normal tiger prawns (although at less than half the price tag of supermarkets) to Chinese breads and dim sums. The packaging on most of the food is plain and simple but in my opinion this gives certain advantages in that a) You can see what you are getting and b) there is no added mark up for fancy tins or jars.
The only thing to mention here is that most of the labels are in Chinese so you might need some detective skills on this one - I won't say this is a disadvantage because this is a shop aimed at Chinese restaurants, but pretty much everything does have little diagrams of the cooking instructions so its easy to figure out (and besides you'll feel fluent after you've prepared a meal!).
From the frozen goods you move on to the dry goods where you can find almost everything you have never heard of!! Some of the stuff looks a little odd and to be honest you would have to be a keen Chinese cook as they mostly come in large packets.
If you are a keen cook there is a great array of sauces and condiments available and the Wing Yip range is as good as the better known brands for a fraction of the price. Included in the dry goods section are Oils, Vinegars, Sauces and Dips, Teas, Tofu, Rice and Noodles.
In conclusion this store is a must for any cookery fans or for a place to dream of the chef you could be if you only could cook!! It's cheap, friendly and what is the true test is that Chinese restaurants use it as their supplier so you can't really go wrong.
This place is nothing short of incredible.
The supermarket itself is worth going to just for the atmosphere. There are so many cultures under one roof and it's great seeing local restaurant and take-away owners buying things in bulk.
It's much cheaper than going to your local supermarket if you buy things here and then keep them in storage. Our favourites are the huge bags of rice and frozen prawns.
Make sure you visit the restaurant on a Sunday for some dim sum. The place is always packed and buzzing.
We started making our own dim sum and gyoza (steamed dumplings) from the ingredients that you can buy in the supermarket. It's surprisingly easy if you get the right cook book. It's great for the kids too as they can get involved.
One thing to look out for is that you have to add VAT on top of the displayed prices. I think the supermarket is designed for small businesses who do not have to pay VAT.
This is a big supermarket in Nechells that sells all the ingredients you need to cook chinese food as well as big massive bags of rice. We go every couple of weeks and fill the cupboards up so that there is always lots to choose from in our house.
The goods are laid out by type with the more common ingredients on display when you walk in like the tins and packets of noodles and things like that. They sell all the stir fry vegetables in tins as well as fresh and my mum always buys lots because stir fry is the one thing that we all like and can cook for ourselves.
There are all the different stir fry sauces as well that you can buy in small packets or massive ones which are probably for catering because they are so big.
There are loads of freezers in Wing Yips and they have all sorts of things like ready meals, fish, meat and frozen ingredients. We don't buy much from here cos its dearer than the other shops we go to but sometimes my mum will buy some frozen starters and we will have a Chinese feast at home. We did this when my little sister learned about the Chinese new year at school because my mum wanted to make a proper Chinese meal and we had prawn crackers, sweet and sour chicken, noodles, rice, spring rolls, prawn toasts and spare ribs and it all came from the supermarket. The spare ribs were ones that are actually sold in the restaurant next door so I knew they would be good.
You can get some fresh meat and fish in here as well but the freezers dont look clean to me and the meat isn't properly covered so mum doesn't buy from here, we sometimes buy the Chinese bowls and cutlery and that is nice. We have got loads of sets now because when they bring out a new design we end up buying it.
Wing Yip Supermarket located in the Nechelles area of Birmingham, is more like a day trip than a shopping visit.
The whole thing is an experience in itself. They sell pretty much everything there, nearly every type of food you could think of is sold, frozen, fresh or refridgerated.
The smells are truly Chinese and having just got back from china take me back, however i was more impressed with the food sold in Wing Yip than i was with the food i ate during my 3 week stay in china!
If you enjoy cooking then try the different types of sauces you can buy there including traditional Chinese cooking sauces and a wide variety of soy sauces, oyster and terayaki as well as the more unusual.
Its worth a trip if you fancy experiences unusual foods such as chickens feet, which is a favourite in China! It takes a while to walk all the way round so you need to plan a few hours of your day for the trip!
Its good value for money as well.
Experience unprepared or uncooked Chinese foods in this supermarket. Buy and cook at home. The Chinese sauces are unique. Chinese supermarket with some European foods. Similar in size to a large Sainsbury's or Tesco. The food taste is good, but there are some foods out of date but considering it is a Chinese supermarket, the quality is high compared to other Chinese supermarkets I've been to. You may buy in bulk here - like large bags of rice or many cans of pepsi or a barrel of oil. The packaged food available is mainly Chinese, but frozen foods are available such as duck, geese etc. There is no fresh food but the food is of good value. The Wing Wah restaurant is next to the supermarket, making it convenient for a meal. This is one of the bigger Chinese Supermarkets with better prices. One problem is that there are not many of these.
Ive known Wing Yip Chinese Supermarket was located just down the road in Nechells, Birmingham for years but its one of those places I just never thought to visit on shopping day.
To call Wing Yip a supermarket is like calling Moby Dick a minnow, however, they call themselves a Superstore and Id definitely agree with the description. It shares a seven acre plot with the Wing Wah Chinese Restaurant and the store itself is absolutely massive.
Wing Yip is sectioned into a warehouse area where they sell sacks of rice bigger than me to the restaurant trade and fresh beansprouts by the tonne. I cant imagine anyone other than Chinese restaurants and the growing Chinese community shopping in this section, so I headed straight across to the main public supermarket to browse the more user friendly sized portions!
Youre asked to grab a trolley as you enter a waste of time I thought as I was only intending to have a look at whats on offer today, perhaps pick up a bottle of chilli sauce or something. How wrong I was. There is so much available here that I had to constantly remind myself that Id only got £30 in my purse and couldnt actually run amok like Michael Jackson in Hamleys!
Much of their stock is frozen so obviously the store is based around rows and rows of chest freezers, although tinned and bottled goods are available on shelves mounted above these freezers. Considering the vast quantity of goodies sold here, I think Wing Yip makes fantastic use of space with every possible flat surface and wall being made into a place to display yet more stuff.
The aisles between the freezers and shelves are extremely wide, meaning that to see absolutely everything you either need to be dashing from one side to another or travelling down each aisle twice. I loved the space in Wing Yip, rather than feeling claustrophobic enclosed between shelves I felt relaxed and able to wander around the store at my own (slow) pace and take in everything they had to offer.
The frozen foods range from huge joints of New Zealand lamb and whole fish to Cornettos and authentic Chinese desserts, with just about everything in between. Obviously the main theme for the store is Chinese food so Id say 85% of the stock is Chinese ready meals and foodstuffs, cooking sauces, rice and odd sounding species of fish. Everything is well stocked and I didnt see a single empty space in any of the freezers, staff are continually going around with large trollies filling up anything which is running low and neatening up the displays after customers have rummaged around to find the perfectly sized fillet of eel or mackerel.
Im a big fish lover so was excited when I realised there were two aisles literally heaving with fresh frozen fish. The choice is probably the best in Birmingham, better even than the well known fish market in the town centre. Your usual Cod, Hake and Mackerel fillets are available at very good prices, along with the more unusual whole Red Snapper and Dace. I picked up a large shark steak for the very good price of 99p and two meaty pieces of tuna cost me just £1.96. Most of the fish are sold singularly or in packs of two and priced according to weight, although you can buy larger packs of certain fish fillets at a standard price of £4.49.
The frozen meat section is also extensive and reasonably priced with choices ranging from large joints of good quality beef to whole duckling. A pack of four duck legs cost just £2.59 which is a brilliant price considering Tesco are charging double that at the moment. Another part of the supermarket I particularly enjoyed looking at was the Chinese nibbles (for want of a better word). Rice dumplings, won tons, Chinese chicken drumsticks, BBQ spare ribs and all sorts are displayed if fact everything my local Chinese take away offers is available here, without the £13 bill!
I spent just over £25 on my first visit to Wing Yip and took home three carrier bags containing a selection of fish (obviously!), cooking and table sauces, Chinese nibbles, duck legs, a small bottle of Saki and a couple of watermelons. Prices are brilliant, honestly. I didnt see anything that I could get cheaper elsewhere, and a lot of the stock is priced considerably lower than Asda, Tesco etc Im quite an adventurous cook and now Ive found Wing Yip Ill be able to broaden my repertoire of Asian dishes as the cost of the ingredients in mainstream supermarkets has always put me off. Here Id imagine Id be able to buy the ingredients for a slap up Chinese meal for a fraction of the cost of a take away for the four of us.
The wide aisles make Wing Yip ideal for disabled visitors, dont be shy to ask if theres anything on the upper shelves which you cant reach as the staff here are very friendly and helpful they even pack your bags at the checkout and actually reprimand you if you dare try to help! The huge car park at the front of the store has several disabled parking spaces located within a very short distance of the entrance and staff will happily help you to the car with your bags if you ask.
Visiting Wing Yip by car is really the only viable means of transport if youre planning to get some shopping in, its located not far from Birmingham City Centre and is dead easy to find. From the middle of Birmingham simply get onto the A38 and follow the signs to Nechells. Once on the Lichfield Road (A5127) you need to drive straight for around half a mile until you reach a roundabout, take a second left onto Thimblemill Lane and left again for High Park Street Wing Yip is located at the bottom of this road where it meets Nechells Park Road. You cant miss the dramatic Chinese style architecture as shown in my picture.
Duddeston train station (on the Redditch Lichfield line) is within walking distance of Wing Yip although, to be brutally honest, Nechells isnt the nicest area to walk through at any time of day.
375 Nechells Park Road
Tel: 0121 327 3838
*Open 9.30am 6pm Monday to Saturday and 11.30am 5.30pm on a Sunday*