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Where to Find Japanese Panko Bread Crumbs?

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I've been trying to perfect my crab cake recipe... it calls for 1/2 cup bread crumbs (not specific). I've used sour dough bread that I've let dry out slightly and it worked ok, but from what I've been reading, thought Japanese Panko bread crumbs might work better?

Any idea where to purchase them?? We're in the western suburbs of Chicago, so ethnic grocery stores are in abundance??

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  1. Almost any Asian grocery should have them. Just ask if you don't see them. They are usually in a clear celophane bags and looklike big fluffy white crumbs.

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    1. re: Candy

      We're also fortunate to find them in our Publix supermarkets down here in FL; the last box I bought was black with red and black writing..San Je? Not sure of the brand but I've seen other brands too in the Asian section of the grocery stores.

    2. I live in California, and I can find them in almost all major supermarkets, and of course, asian food markets. I know California is pretty diverse, but I bet if you asked at your grocery stores you might be surprised.

      1. They're available in pretty much all ethnic grocery stores... you might post on the Chicago board for a specific source.

        1. I used to get 32 oz deli containers of it in most seafood markets, as I'm sure they were buying the big bag and if they sell two or three little containers it pays for the whole bag!
          Anyway, last time I got it at the regular supermarket, but it wasn't with the regular bread crumbs. It was in the "Italian" aisle, alongside the imported Italian crumbs. In a cylindrical tube like 4C. So ask; I bet they have it.

          1. I live in a smallish size community where there are a couple of Asian markets. I needed some ingredients for Thai meals so I went there. They had a couple of container sizes of PanKo Bread crumbs.

            1. I'm on the far north side of Chicago, I'm pretty sure I saw them at a large Jewel store in the ethnic foods isle ((at Howard and Kedzie)of course each store is different, but it was not in a particularly Asian neighborhood). Also, the Clark market, on Kedzie in a shopping strip about two blocks north of Lawrence, I saw them there the last time I was there. Probably lots of ethnic food stores in the area have them. Market Place on Oakton, at Oakton and Skokie Blvd, if you are ever up north, I bet they have panko. But I know nothing about the western suburbs.

              1. I just bought some at Jewel.

                1. I just bought some at Jewel.

                  1. When I lived in Chicago I just found them in the regular grocery store (Dominick's) either with the other bread crumbs or in the asian section. I was in the city though.

                    1. Have you checked Jewel or Dominick's? I'm in a near western suburb of Chicago, and both stores in my area carry them in the Asian foods section. I was very surprised since Asians are uncommon in my area.

                      1. Or you could ask the 'hound who recently bought 20 lbs to sell you some.

                        1. If anyone lives or shops in Barrie, Ontario Canada, Johnny's Fish Market on Bryne Drive in Barrie's south end sells Panko Bread Crumbs.

                          1. I'm with the crowd that can find them anywhere. Here in Atlanta I can go to an Asian market or I can go to our local (crappy) Kroger and find them, it doesn't matter, they are quite common.

                            Be aware, if you ask a store employee for help they are likely to stare blankly back at you if you ask about panko bread crumbs, so I encourage you to look for yourself first and ask questions as a last resort.

                            1. I've bought them at both Jewel and Dominicks, but if you are near Naperville you might want to check out Super H Mart.

                              1. I buy them at Dominicks and at Treasure Island. They won't be with regular breadcrumbs, but on the ethnic aisle, perhaps. But they have them all the time.

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                                1. re: Chitowneater

                                  I've purchased them a few times @ TJ's, but I think they may have recently discontinued them.

                                2. World Market has them - that store with the food and wine section in the back of the store.

                                  1. I think one FL person posted that Publix one of our grocery stores carry them, but I have found them everywhere. I don't think there is a regular grocery store that doesn't carry them down here. Maybe just region specific. I would just ask your grocery manager. Mine orders me special items all the time. No extra cost. Just ask

                                    1. I use Panko all the time and I have found them at both Dominicks and Jewel, so you don't necessarily have to go to an ethnic grocery store to find them.

                                      1. There is an Asian market located on Ogden Avenue just west of Kingery (Rt 83). Its on the North side of Ogden and set back in a strip mall. I am sorry but I don't recall the name (just a guess, it might be called di-ho market but I am only 30% sure on that). In any case you should be able to find panko crumbs there.
                                        OMT, they really do make a difference in your seafood and asian recipes. Good Luck.