Attention, All Members in China - I Need Ingredient Help!

Hi! I'm teaching in China three times this year, and my first trip is coming up very soon (in early March). In my past travels to other countries, I've had issues getting good quality powdered sugar (a very fine 10X grind for piping detailed needlepoint without plugging tips) and also certain ingredients. So my questions for those here who live in China are:

1. What brand of powdered sugar do you recommend for detailed piping?

2. Do you have mild molasses (like this), and what brand would you recommend?

3. Do you have 100% (white) vegetable shortening (like this), and what brand would you recommend?

Thanks so much in advance! 

Original Post

Awesome, Poppy! Thanks so much! I did send them a detailed materials and ingredient list with links to the products I use (which can't be substituted) on US sites. I just wanted to facilitate their process of finding them in China by giving them Chinese links/sources when possible, so this is a great help!

Dear Julia,

The relatively good quality local brand powdered sugar is Taikoo(blue carton box),but it's can not be used for detailed piping(may plug even PME no.1:(

We do have molasses and shortening but I don't think they are taste as same as grandma 's and Crisco.

As the western baking and decoration is quite different with ours,most of the ingredients are imported and normally there are no local substitutes. If you give a list to your workshop they can find the ingredients easily online. C&H powdered sugar ,Grandma's molasses and Crisco,all can be found on Taobao(which is like Ebay in US).

P.S. We ge t used to buying these stuff online instead of in supermarket:)

 

xiaoxiao posted:

Dear Julia,

The relatively good quality local brand powdered sugar is Taikoo(blue carton box),but it's can not be used for detailed piping(may plug even PME no.1:(

We do have molasses and shortening but I don't think they are taste as same as grandma 's and Crisco.

As the western baking and decoration is quite different with ours,most of the ingredients are imported and normally there are no local substitutes. If you give a list to your workshop they can find the ingredients easily online. C&H powdered sugar ,Grandma's molasses and Crisco,all can be found on Taobao(which is like Ebay in US).

P.S. We ge t used to buying these stuff online instead of in supermarket:)

 

Thanks SO much! This is very consistent with what Poppy and some others have told me through email, so I am greatly reassured to know we can easily find these things. (It hasn't been the case in some other countries.) Thanks again!

Ms.CookieMonster posted:

Hello, can you please tell us what icing recipe you ended up using in China including the ingredients.  My Taikoo icing keep plugging when I do detailed work. Thank you so much!

My hosts ended up getting C&H powdered sugar (the brand I use in the US) through TaoBao.

Anne Marie Adams posted:

Wow ! I think it's so nice that you all came to Juliet's rescue. Julia you have a great time in China. The people there are so nice and lots of fun

Yes, it was SO great that they came to my rescue . . . but this post is one year old! I've already been to China twice to teach and am headed back in a few months!  

Julia M. Usher posted:
Anne Marie Adams posted:

Wow ! I think it's so nice that you all came to Juliet's rescue. Julia you have a great time in China. The people there are so nice and lots of fun

Yes, it was SO great that they came to my rescue . . . but this post is one year old! I've already been to China twice to teach and am headed back in a few months!  

Hahaha! OK then I'll wish you another great trip to China when you go

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