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mmmfood2007 Oct 26, 2007 10:37 AM

Hello,

I'm looking for a place that sells Japanese food/grocery items like rice crackers, Furikake (rice seasonings), etc...in the Montreal area or south shore.

Thanks!

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    maisonbistro Oct 26, 2007 10:44 AM

    I haven't been recently but there is a Japanese grocery story on Sherbrooke, diagonally across the street from Marche Akahvan.

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      Plateaumaman Oct 27, 2007 09:03 AM

      You can get a lot of good Japanese products at the Asian shop that is just above Cinema du Parc in the same mall. Not sure what it is called but I've bought good ingredients for sukiyaki there (including yam noodles) and they have inexpensive big bags of rice crackers. Otherwise the Korean shop is very good.

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        SnackHappy Oct 27, 2007 08:25 PM

        The place is called Eden or Fruiterie Du Parc. There seems to be some confusion.

    2. carswell Oct 26, 2007 10:45 AM

      Miyamoto Japanese Grocery
      350 VICTORIA AVE, WESTMOUNT, QC H3Z 2N4
      in between Burton & Somerville
      (Cross Street: Somerville AV and Victoria AV)
      Phone: 514 481-1952

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        corj Oct 26, 2007 11:46 AM

        Miyamoto on Victoria is ridiculously overpriced. Even by Westmount standards. I remember trying to shop there & actually having to put items back on the shelf because I just couldn't lower myself to pay what they were asking for basic items. There are a number of good groceries in Chinatown. There is a marche Kim Phat on Tashereau on the south shore which is at least twice the size of all the others. And there is another market on Sources Blvd on the West Island (past Adonis)

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          cherylmtl Oct 26, 2007 12:16 PM

          It really depends on what you're buying - but I wouldn't call them ridiculously overpriced at all. I find their prices to be fair for most Japanese products - not necessarily so for Chinese stuff, which would definitely be cheaper in Chinatown. For example, they have real Japanese soy (even my favourite organic one), not the made in North America stuff, which you can't easily find elsewhere, and their products (or at least those I buy on a regular basis) are fresh.

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            mathamore Dec 17, 2007 10:23 AM

            100% right

          2. kpzoo Oct 26, 2007 11:53 AM

            Yup, both Miyamoto & Korean Grocery are great for Japanese ingredients. Miyamoto tends to be more expensive so if you're in the West End I'd try Korean Grocery first. I posted a list w/addresses & phone no's here:

            http://www.chowhound.com/topics/410973

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              Moosemeat Oct 26, 2007 08:38 PM

              There's also a pretty good Japanese grocery store on Decarie just south of Sherbrooke (next to "play it again" sports). They aren't too great for the fresh stuff, but I find they have a bigger selection of prepackaged goods than the places mentioned above.

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                kpzoo Oct 27, 2007 07:48 AM

                Yup, I believe that's on my list linked from the above post:
                New Ja Mae - 2116, boulevard Décarie 514-489-9777

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                  Moosemeat Oct 28, 2007 07:18 PM

                  So it is, oops.

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                  fedelst1 Jan 4, 2008 06:18 AM

                  This is a Korean grocer, but they do have a good selection of Japanese items. They also have a newer locale on St. Catherine near fort.

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                mmmfood2007 Oct 27, 2007 12:26 PM

                Thank you all!

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                  dragon_phly Dec 14, 2007 01:32 PM

                  Quick note that I am appropriating form an other list:
                  There's a very large, terrific Korean (and Japanese) grocery store on St. Catherine Street West and Chomedey. Metro stop Atwater.
                  I don't know if they have exactly what you are looking for, but I have found they have a good selection of japanese staples. though their fresh veggies worry me a bit.

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                    Vincci Dec 17, 2007 10:40 PM

                    I agree with your comment about their fresh veggies. I think their zucchini was labelled something like "green zukini" once. Fortunately, PA is close by for a cheap supply for that sorta thing, and there are also Asian vegetables available in the basement at DragonMart across from PA on Du Fort.

                2. bomobob Dec 17, 2007 10:55 AM

                  Actually, March Hawai seems to have ever-expanding non-Chinese sections. Every time I go, their Indonesian section is growing (I found kecap manis there, which I've been looking for for years here), and they have a very well-stocked Japanese area as well.
                  I'm considering asking them if I can just move in.

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                    KT MTL Jan 3, 2008 10:51 PM

                    Just to recap what has already been mentioned in this thread...

                    Miyamoto
                    350 Victoria, Westmount (near Sherbrooke)

                    Marché Japonaise et Coréene
                    Sherbrooke/Beaconsfield, NDG

                    Eden
                    Galeries du Parc, Park/Prince Arthur

                    Ja Mae
                    2116 Decarie, NDG (near Sherbrooke)

                    Jang Te
                    2109 Ste. Catherine West, Downtown (near Chomedey)

                    Everything except Miyamoto is Korean-owned but they all have a good selection of Japanese products.

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                      moh Jan 4, 2008 05:42 AM

                      Haha! gotta love my tribe. "well these white people will not buy Korean food, so let's sell Japanese! And we'll sneak a few Korean products in when they are not looking!"

                      Two thoughts:

                      1. Does it seem like there is a new sushi shop opening every block? I would love to see something different. It is a shame the Japanese noodle shops can't make a real go of it here.

                      2. Saw Natto in Chinatown the other day. I have conquered my fear of tasting Durian, but Natto seems insurmountable. I may have to bite the bullet and just try it once. I bet i could lose a lot of weight if I started a Natto diet....

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                        mainsqueeze Jan 4, 2008 06:11 AM

                        I have never been so repulsed by a food item as I was with natto.

                        And I LOVE durian.

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                          fedelst1 Jan 4, 2008 06:23 AM

                          Love Natto, but like Durian it is an acquired taste.

                          Regardless, despite a number of tries I can't eat durian.

                          Natto can't be eaten on its own, it goes well in Hosomaki with shiso or scallions. But mixed with the little mustard pack, rice vinegar, a tablespoon of sesame paste and a dash of soy, and used as a dressing atop a salad of shredded cabbage, carrot, and onion, it is really good.

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                            moh Jan 4, 2008 06:33 AM

                            When you say "the little mustard pack", is that something that comes with the Natto? And the sesame paste, is that just ground up sesame, or sesame oil? Do you heat up the natto? Or do you just leave it cold and glooey? Any particular brand of Natto, and where do you buy it in Montreal? Thanks!

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                          maisonbistro Jan 4, 2008 06:21 AM

                          Happy New Year.

                          I am familiar with Durian, but not Natto - please tell me more. I will also search the net, but a firsthand experience and description are so much more useful. Whatever you tell me though, I will need to try it out, so please let me know where you saw it and what it looks like, along with well, all other pertinent info (like why it's disgusting LOL)

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                            moh Jan 4, 2008 06:37 AM

                            Natto is a fermented soy bean product, and my only exposure to it was the Iron Chef episode featuring it as the main ingredient (that is a classic episode let me tell you... The giggling young actress cooing "ooh I love Natto...") When you lift it up with a spoon, you get a stringy, mucilagenous, grey-brown glop of soy beans. I have been morbidly fascinated ever since...

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                              mainsqueeze Jan 4, 2008 07:03 AM

                              I looks like mucus and smells like garbage. You can get it at japanese grocery stores.

                              I had a roommate once who taught English to Japanese exchange students here in Montreal. The students said it was the food they missed most from home. They bought some at Eden and had us try it.

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                                kpzoo Jan 4, 2008 07:23 AM

                                I've read about natto and it sounds like one of those things you've had to grow up with to really appreciate - like Vegemite, Marmite, poutine, etc.. These are all things that often seem disgusting to outsiders, but are part of the culture where they come from. My Aussie friend thinks poutine is the most putrid thing he's ever tasted, but you should see the size of the tub of Vegemite he brought with him. ;-)

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                                  rcianci Jan 4, 2008 07:45 AM

                                  Natto is definitely an acquired taste. Texture wise, well... tack an "s" on the beginning of the word and you'll get the picture. :)

                                  I first ate it at a sushi bar on a dare. Its taste was better than its texture or smell. It had a strong fermented taste, kind of like a bland blue cheese if that makes any sense. (Not a good comparison, but the best I can come up with.)

                                  Occasionally at sushi bars I will have a craving for it and order it in a hand roll with squid or a lower grade of tuna. I find soy sauce corrects the blandness factor.

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                                SnackHappy Jan 4, 2008 08:12 AM

                                You will find natto in the freezer section of most Japanese grocers. It comes in a square plastic tray about 5cm x 5cm.

                                It is the most vile thing in the world. I've eaten a lot of stuff people would consider gross and natto is the only thing I never want to have again.

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                                  tocino. Jan 4, 2008 08:47 AM

                                  Had the (mis)fortune of trying shirako (sic?)- cod testicle sushi at a higher end sushi place I worked at. Let's just say I'd rather put gum from the underside of a desk in my mouth.

                                  To stay on topic, I buy stuff at Jang Te, it's one of the few places that stocks Yamasa soy sauce (get the regular), the Echezaux of sho-yu. However I prefer to get my sushi staples like Kewpie mayo, Nori (In blocks of 100 sheets for $9!!!) Furikake (anime figure brand) inari, massago, tamago, and Paramount brand crab stick, and Kokuho Rose rice at the big chinese grocery stores facing each other on St Laurent right above Gauchatiere. They are always in stock, plus they're the cheapest.

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                                bomobob Jan 4, 2008 12:08 PM

                                Yeah, sushi shops are about as common as coffee shops, and most are about as good too.
                                Many years ago, late 70s to mid 80s, there was a Japanese noodle shop on Ste. Catherine just East of Guy, more or less where the left end of the Pharmaprix is now. It was called Donburi, and their noodles and soups were out of this world. Alas, they closed eventually, only to be replaced by a McDonald's, which I believe also closed, so there is some karma in the restaurant business.

                                We could start a thread on lamented losses of long ago. Does anyone remember Vientiane on Victoria? Seriously, only the best SE Asian restaurant in Montreal history. I believe they moved to Parc for a while, trying to go upmarket with an inferior chef.

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                                  mainsqueeze Jan 4, 2008 12:21 PM

                                  The McDonalds on Ste-Catherine and Mackay is still open.

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                                    KT MTL Jan 4, 2008 12:30 PM

                                    That's a different McDonald's. The one bomobob is referring to closed when Pharmaprix expanded sometime in the 90s.

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                                      mainsqueeze Jan 4, 2008 12:31 PM

                                      Ah!

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