On the shelf: Argan oil and crispy seaweed
I doubt that I'll be using Crudigno Argan Oil very much; at HK$130 for 100ml, it's just too expensive. The oil, extracted from the fruit kernels of the Argan tree, has been used by the Berber people of Morocco since ancient times. To get the best of its nutty, complex flavour, use the oil as a dip for bread, in place of olive oil, or drizzle it over salad greens. It's sold at City'super (Times Square, Causeway Bay, tel: 2506 2888).
The Tao Kae Noi crispy seaweed snack is addictive. Made with just seaweed, palm oil, pepper and "flavour enhancer" (read: MSG), the oily, thin sheets have a gentle crispness. It's made in Thailand and sold at selected 7-Elevens for HK$24.90 a pack.