Filipinos are truly world class. There have been so many inspiring and success stories about Filipinos abroad, making us proud to be called Pinoys. We are known world-wide because of our intelligence, hard work, dedication and patriotism. We love and honour our own products no matter where we are in the world.
Nowadays, there are a number of Filipino grocery stores to shop in Australia, making expats feel the warmth of home even when they are far away.
Worry no more for the loyal Pinoys out there because you don’t have to look too far for a taste of home. We have listed below some Filipino stores across Australia that can make Philippines a little bit closer to Pinoys.
HOPPERS PINOY ASIAN STORE
6B Dunlop Road Hoppers Crossing, Victoria
+61 434 280 479 ; +61 425 327 511
Photo from http://www.hopperspinoystore.com.au
If you are looking for a FIlipino-Asian store who offers a wide selection of Filipino staples, hit the wheel and go to Hoppers Pinoy Asian Store. Even the smell of the store will make you feel at home. There are bottles and packs of whatever you need to flavor the dish you’re trying to recreate from your root’s recipes. A loyal clientele and word of mouth slowly built up the store’s reputation, and now new customers come in regularly. They focus only on what matters, great food, great prices, quality products and good relationship. They keep their costs low because according to them, every penny they save is also a penny we save. They are truly determined on spreading their flagship philosophy of “True Filipino Goodness”.
If you are craving for a signature Ilocano dish like Pinapaitan, a very popular dish from the northern part of the Philippines more specifically in Ilocos Region, which is consist of innards and bile, tamarind and chilies better try ordering from this store because they cook authentic Ilocano dishes straight from the heart of a local Ilocano. Some other specialties are, an extremely sour sinigang that would make your lips pucker at first sip, the famous Dinakdakan, Crispy Bagnet, Kare-Kare with special Bagoong, Crowd-pleaser Pork or Chicken Sisig, Pinakbet, Bistek Tagalog, Pork Barbeque, and Dinuguan which are available in bilao-sized servings perfect for big family celebrations and gatherings.
During special weekends, the store gets pretty little crowded for they are known to be selling foods considered exotic abroad, but very familiar to us Pinoys, the Chicken and Pork Isaw. If you are dying to have a taste of these foods again better check their page more frequently for their grilling schedule. They also offer whole lechon in different sizes and lechon belly per kilo, available for ordering in advance.
Hoppers Pinoy Asian Store is noteworthy in that it’s a one stop shop for all your needs. Aside from Pinoy groceries and dishes they are also offering Remittance/Pera Padala powered by Ria Money Transfer, LBC Balik Bayan Box service, Tax Returns, Book Keeping and SMSF by JVMC Accountants.
85-87 Oakwood Rd. Albanvale, Victoria 3021
3 8390 4212
Photo from http://www.happyhut.com.au
Passionate about sharing Filipino culture with the world, Happy Hut offers more than just Filipino food, they offer the comfort of home. It was founded with the purpose of letting both Filipinos and Australians experience truly Pinoy flavour. Everything is available at their store, from fresh products, packaged ingredients, and delectable snacks freshly imported from the Philippines.
They are also offering Lunch Specials which menu changes daily and all of their meals are cooked during the day itself to guarantee its freshness. You can also ring them for catering service and Money Remittance.
You can view feedbacks on their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Happy-Hut-The-Filipino-Store-952419524802713/.
PINOY TAYO ASIAN GROCERY
340 Craigieburn Rd, Craigieburn VIC 3064, Australia
Photo from http://www.craigieburncentral.com.au
A traditionally wonderful and friendly place to shop, Pinoy Tayo Asian Grocery offers a wide and exotic range of Asian grocery items and products with a pocket-friendly price. If you are a fan of Korean soup and seasoning, this store is perfect for you. You can find Korean noodles, moon cakes, fish cakes, vegetarian products, Malaysian goodies and many more in this store. You can easily find what you are searching for all products in the shop were arranged properly and very well organized. The store has a very clean surrounding and has a friendly and respectful staff. You can visit their Facebook page to see the updated list of their products. Follow this link: https://www.facebook.com/pg/PinoyTayoCraigieburn.
13 Charlotte Street Ashfield, New South Wales
+61 2 9798 2932
Photo from http://www.masaganaoriental.com/
Founded in 1998, Masagana (meaning ‘sumptuous’) is passionate about serving the community with products from home.
Being in the business for fifteen years; way before many other specialty stores, they have already established a solid and strong relationship with their clients. In addition to the specialist groceries stocked in store, they can also assist you with: sending money home, Balikbayan boxes, phone cards and a range of Filipino DVDs. Slowly and organically, Masagana Oriental Variety Store began to grow into the local area as first independently owned and operated specialty store. Today they have more than a thousand grocery and specialty items, including beauty products available in store for you to choose from.
For more information on products and weekly specials, you can visit their Facebook page through this link https://www.facebook.com/MasaganaOrientalVarietyStore
6 IVAN STREET ARUNDEL, Gold Coast, Queensland
+61 414 885 391
Photo from https://pinoywarehouse.com/
A taste of the Philippines in the Gold Coast! Established in 2007, Pinoy Warehouse is a family-operated importer & supplier of authentic Filipino products. Their aim is to provide Australia a better choice, a better price and friendly environment with a diverse selection of authentic Asian food products from the Philippines. They stock brands like Ajinomoto, Del Monte, Knorr, Lucky Me, Mama Sita, My San Skyflakes, Oishi, Silver Swan and many more. They also have a large range of frozen seafood products from Milkfish, Galunggong, Anchovy, Baby Bonito, Baby Blue, Bisugo and Mackerel. They have on hand staffs who can speak fluent Tagalog and Bisaya that will truly make you feel the ambiance of home.
Follow this link to their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pinoywarehouse/
4/6 Ebert Parade Lawnton, Queensland, Australia
+61 425 345 696
Pinoy shop is a Filipino grocery store located at Lawnton Queensland. They sell a large range of Philippine and Asian products. They also offer a range of services including International Money Transfer, Balikbayan Boxes, TFC subscriptions and more.
They are offering free delivery to addresses in suburbs neighboring Lawnton QLD or you can come a pick up your order in-store. If you have any questions or special needs regarding delivery you can contact them through their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/PINOY-SHOP-1401148663522980/
THE FILIPINO SHOP
16a Young Street Southport, Queensland
+61 7 5668 1899
If you are in a constant search for a Filo shop who sells one of the best Siomai, Siopao and Halo-Halo, drive to Southport and visit The Filipino Shop. They are known because of their Cebu’s Lechon Belly and their signature Pinoy dishes such as Pork Adobo, Kare-Kare, Tinola and Fried Chicken. Their menu also includes Pinoy’s favourite breakfast viand – Tuyo.
They are also serving sweets and pastries like Yema Cake and Turon during Merienda and they are always keeping their Pandesal fresh and hot all throughout the day.
ASIAN SPICES FILIPINO GROCERY
19 Beafield Road Para Hills West Adelaide, South Australia 5096
+61 402 597 439
Asian Spices Filipino Grocery is a friendly shop offering a wide range of Filipino products at reasonable prices. They are authorized Agent of RIA Money Remittance, LBC Balikbayan Box, TFC, Mobile Phone Recharges/Sim cards for Telstra, Optus, Lebara and Lyca.
They also offer freshly cooked variety of KAKANIN – Filipino Native Delicacies which are available daily in store. Some of these are Banana Cue, Camote Cue, Suman (cassava, bukayo, chocolate, moron, mais), Kutchinta, Sapin Sapin, Maruya, Palitaw, Ube Cakes and Yema Cakes.
Nostalgia is a very strong emotion and these Filipino stores really captured the hearts and interest of their fellow Kabayans by giving them the warmth of the Philippines every time they step inside the store. Above all, the most meaningful reason that people come to these places is simply that: it’s always good to be home.