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we're having a chinese hotpot party tonight and i'm in charge of buying all the ingredients. i'm located in the westside- what would be the closest market to buy the stuff? do you think mitsuwa would have most of the things i'd need?

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  1. I live on the west side, and unfortunately the only place with everything I need for hot pot is 99 Ranch in Van Nuys.

    Mitsuwa will certainly have enough to take care of the basics: napa cabbage, a variety of meat, tempura/fishcakes, and tofu. But if you need sa cha (chinese BBQ sauce), live shellfish, pork blood sausage, certain kinds of vegetables, or some other exclusively Chinese items, you'll be out of luck.

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    1. re: Pei

      GOSH is Van Nuys really closer than the one in Gardena?

      --Dommy!

      1. re: Dommy

        Definitely, if you're going by physical distance. That market is only 8 miles from UCLA.

        1. re: Das Ubergeek

          I'm so close to the 405 that if I go when there's no traffic (a huge if, I know) it takes me exactly 15 minutes to get door to door to the 99 Ranch in Van Nuys.

          But we still usually go to Alhambra on the weekends, because we are in love with 168 on New and Valley. And it gives us an excuse to eat out there.

          1. re: Pei

            Thanks... I just have this knee jerk reaction to the Valley being so far that I've never been to that store, I'll have to check out soon, especially as we get cravings for clams... YUM!! :)

            --Dommy!

            1. re: Pei

              haha. i went to 168 this weekend after reading your post and i really like it! much better than 99 ranch, imo.

              like you, its another reason for me to jump in my car on a weekend and head out to the SGV. eat, then grocery shop.

              1. re: wilafur

                I posted recently about 168 Market after having a really tasty lunch across the street at 101 Noodle Express. 168 has the best selection of fresh Chinese noodles of any Asian market that I've investigated in California plus lots of other great ingredients!

      2. Pei knows... make the trip out to 99 Ranch in Van Nuys - it will be one-stop shopping for you. If you have the luxury of choosing the time of day to leave, go after morning rush hour - should take you only 10 to 15 minutes once you pass the Getty on the 405, and the selection is very good. Bring a cooler and stash your perishables so you can stop by Sam Woo next door for lunch.

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        1. re: bulavinaka

          Or Pho So 1 on the other side!

          1. re: Das Ubergeek

            yumm..... now that's how you end your shopping trip to 99 ranch.