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Real sembei in Bay Area?

pockyjunkie Apr 19, 2007 09:13 PM

Does anyone know of a place to get good o-sembei? Really don't care where - as long as it's closer than going all the way to Japan. I'm looking for the kind that's fresh, not like eating styrofoam. To me, good sembei melts in your mouth, has a flavorful soy coating, and with or without nori garnish. I'm thinking of the kind you get at the stalls at Asakusa. Anybody got any advice?

  1. Debbie M Apr 20, 2007 01:13 PM

    Never had any that melts in your mouth -- even the good, still-warm-from-the-grill stuff from the Asakusa stalls are delightfully crunchy. But if it's fresh enough, the shoyu coating will soften the outside a bit.

    Unfortunately, I've never seen anything other than packaged here. If someone in the area is making it fresh, I'd be there!

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    1. re: Debbie M
      pockyjunkie Apr 22, 2007 01:27 PM

      Maybe I didn't explain it right - I meant melt-in-your-mouth to describe the way the airiness dissolves on your tongue - as opposed to the kind that are so hard that they hurt your tongue, also known as supermarket variety.

      But I'd settle for trying anything as long as it didn't come shipped to the bay area in plastic wrap!

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