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where to buy asian-style bowls?

rebs Jun 14, 2007 10:01 PM

can anyone suggest where i can find asian (preferably japanese-style) bowls for cheap. i know super 88 has things, but are there markets in chinatown that specialize in this kind of stuff?


  1. bitsubeats Jun 14, 2007 10:07 PM

    they have them in the kam man shopping center. They are located in the huge market (to the left of the entrance). You can get all kinds of bowls, cups, chopsticks, and they even have japanese cookingware like a pan for making tamago

    1. Prav Jun 14, 2007 10:10 PM

      I think Super88's the best bet - there's even a super88 by chinatown! I get those things for like $1/piece.

      1. Small Plates Jun 14, 2007 10:18 PM

        China Fair on Mass Avenue in North Cambridge (just outside Porter Square) is WONDERFUL!!!!

        1. galangatron Jun 15, 2007 02:43 AM

          cmart in chinatown. doesn't specialize though. pretty much same selection as super 88

          1. passing thru Jun 15, 2007 03:28 AM

            in porter exchange in cambridge there's a small store that sells japanese items. i got some great donburi bowls in there a few months back.

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              rieslingme Jun 15, 2007 06:00 AM

              I don't know the name of the market, but if you come out of Hei La Moon and go left and left again around the building, towards the end of the block is a chinese grocer on the left that carries some nice bowls and dishes, and they're cheap!

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              1. re: rieslingme
                galangatron Jun 15, 2007 06:57 AM

                that is the other cmart. outside chinatown on lincoln st

              2. kobuta Jun 15, 2007 07:43 AM

                as most have noted, the larger chinese markets (88, kam man, c-mart) will have these and likely cheaper than a specialty store you'll find elsewhere. if you want more variety, there's a store in the same complex as kam man - off to the left (right next to the bank; can't recall name) after you enter the main door, that sells a little of everything for cheap. at one end of the store is a section that specializes in bowls and other dinnerware. saw a lot of great bowls, plates, dishes etc the last time i was there.

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                  9lives Jun 15, 2007 08:18 AM

                  Like others have mentioned Super 88 or Cmart have a good selection.

                  I buy a lot of things in a store in Chinatown..NW corner of Beach and Harrison..all sorts of kitchen supplies.

                  1. galleygirl Jun 15, 2007 08:19 AM

                    Is the store at the coner of Harrison Ave, and Beach Street still there? I haven't been down there in awhile (I'm so ashamed!) I think they have (had?) better variety and quality than any of the Super88's and Kam man, if, of course, they still exist...have to get a Benriner for TC, must check....

                    I've also seen some of the same ones at various Homegoods, TJMaxx, and Marshall's lately.. Target, amazingly enough, has a turquioise to brown raku looking set of dinnerware....

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                      Elyssa Jun 15, 2007 08:22 AM

                      World Market has them...I'm sure they are fairly cheap as well.

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                      1. re: Elyssa
                        yumyum Jun 15, 2007 08:54 AM

                        Where is World Market? Thanks!

                      2. MichaelB Jun 15, 2007 08:26 AM

                        Ming's supermarket - on Washington street near Chinatown, at the edge of the South End - has an entire room devoted to all things non-food, from dishes and cutlery to restaurant-size woks and gas rings.

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