Missing an industrial-size popcorn machine from your home kitchen? Here’s where to get it (and just about everything food machine-related besides) – the Hotel Equipment Depot on Aomen Lu. This week, a search for fancy dinner plates took me to this four-story warehouse in Shanghai’s Putuo District, where you can get anything from candy thermometers to a completely new wok stove.
Unfortunately, getting there by public transport is a bit of a hassle if you rely on subways. The closest subway station is a good three long blocks away (Line 7’s Changshou Lu stop). You’re better off either getting your taxi to go to Aomen Lu and Jiangning Lu, or figuring out a bus route using ddmap or some other map website.
But once your there, it’s quite a site to behold. Ever wonder where every restaurant gets those plastic flyer holders? Now you know! Where did those glass sauce holders come from? Why, here!
Plates and cutlery are at acceptable prices, especially if you’re looking for something more restaurant-like (such as a giant square plate – one big porcelain one cost me about 25rmb). However, I would say that if it’s just normal home crockery you’re looking for, this isn’t the place for that.
Rather, this is the place where you can get steamers upon steamers, like the ones the 2rmb baozi store down the street uses, or big sushi boats on the cheap. Their candy making equipment is extensive and costs much less than similar items in more expat-friendly stores. They also have the largest selection of portable coolers I’ve ever seen.
Basically, if you’ve stumbled upon a cooking equipment conundrum that Carrefour can’t solve, maybe this is a place to try.
Note: assuming you’re planning on buying loose things like plates or steamers, be sure to bring a giant, foldable bag. You need to check purses at the door and they don’t provide very good quality plastic bags for you to throw your newly bought items in. It’d be a shame to spend 200rmb on gorgeous plates, only to have them shatter because the bag broke.
Hotel Equipment Depot // 345 Aomen Lu near Jiangning Lu (澳门路345号近江宁路)