When we first moved to KL from Sydney, I was not sure what to expect in terms of food quality and variety. My first few experiences with a couple of big name supermarkets in KLCC was disappointing to say the least. The fresh produce was not exactly fresh- oh well more like half dead and still being sold. There was no organic or free range meat to be found anywhere near where we lived.
Some of the expats I met here in the beginning were not that big on organic food or eating wholesomely unless it involved drinking a few wholesome glasses of beer or wine. It still amazes me how easily people would spend thousands of ringgits on luxury goods or on a night out but would grumble about paying a little extra for organic produce. Or asking questions like why is organic food sooooo expensive and why don’t the organic apples stay fresh like the normal ones??
- First of all, they don’t use chemicals so YES it will cost a little more to maintain the farm (e.g. extra manual work & staff for weeding and feeding
) and obviously the cost will be passed on to consumers.
- Secondly, fresh organic produce will start to degrade after a while, that is the real nature of fresh produce. They are not meant to be on the shelf of a supermarket looking fresh for weeks on end. Unlike the beautiful looking non-organic apples that are blemish free and kept alive with all the chemicals and pesticides. Which begs the question how healthy these non-organic apples are…
Personally, I prefer NOT to put that kind of stuff in my body, thank you very much. So besides thinking to myself what is up with these people, I also realised they were not much help to me in finding what I needed when we first moved here.
After making a huge leap with my diet and health when I was living in Sydney I was starting to wonder if moving to KL was such a good idea after all. Until……I found Village Grocer in Bangsar. It is about 20 minutes taxi ride away from KLCC where I live but it is sooooo worth it people. The first time I went there I knew I was in my heaven, all that fresh amazing produce EVERYWHERE….
There is a huge isle for organic produce which I have noticed being always checked and restocked by the staff each time I go there so no more buying rotting vegetables. They also have a large variety of non organic produce, plenty of Gluten free and Dairy free products as well as quality meat. The variety in Village Grocer is one of the best I have seen with especially being able to find everything under one roof. I was also able to find grass fed organic chicken and organic beef there. So to anyone who is looking for fresh quality produce all under one roof do check it out! You won’t be disappointed.
Another place I have come to love is Aeon (different locations in KL) which also has a large organic produce section. You will find that the local produce are certified organic by the local organic body and the overseas produce are certified either in the US or Australia. Besides the certification, a good rule of thumb in identifying organic produce is that it starts to degrade faster unlike normal produce which stays unblemished. You may also encounter a few worms or bugs wiggling about because of the lack of harmful pesticides. Which is a good thing because you know it IS organic!
Since then, I have come across plenty of locals and expats alike buying organic produce and quality meat in KL which is wonderful to see.
So let’s keep supporting our local & organic farmers who work hard to give us healthy quality organic produce which nourishes our body. Our health and body is worth it. We may not be able to buy everything organic either due to cost or unavailability but every bit that we do buy makes a difference.
If you have come across any other shops selling organic produce and quality meat during your time in KL, please send in your comments and feel free to share with the rest!