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bakanekochan Jun 9, 2008 08:42 PM

Hi. Firstly, sorry if this post doesn't belong here, I'm kinda new to this site.

I live in Toronto(york/north york). I'm wondering other than P-Mall and J-Town (those are too far), is there any place where I can purchase box boxes and accessories (egg molds, rice molds, picks, etc.) in store. Thank-you.

  1. Kagemusha Jun 10, 2008 04:35 AM

    Even though they're not next door, you might try Mika's Japanese Gifts in Mississauga.They buy in Japan and import direct. Lots of bento, rice molds, sushi tableware, square omelette pans, etc.

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    1. re: Kagemusha
      always_eating Jun 10, 2008 12:34 PM

      Kagemusha, do you know if they are they still open? You mentioned back in April that they were closing and their website still lists their Closing Sale. Probably a great time to get Japanese ceramics and kitchenware at deep discounts but sad that they couldn't stay in business.

      1. re: always_eating
        Kagemusha Jun 10, 2008 01:21 PM

        They're still afloat and most of the store is on sale presently. I'm guessing they'll be open for awhile but I wouldn't put off a trip for too long.

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          j_e_l_l_oh Aug 6, 2008 01:49 AM

          MIKA'S NOT CLOSING YET

          Hi all, I know there's a lot of confusion as to whether or not Mika's is still afloat. Please let me clear this up. The owner's of Mika's had fully intended on closing and had reached a verbal agreement with their landlord. However, he backed out a couple of months after the we started our closing sale. As such, Mika's will still open for quite a while yet. We still have lots of merchandise and new items will be coming out in the next month or two from our storage facility. Please note that though the sale is no longer a closing sale our merchandise remains at 50-75% off. So, I hope this clears everything up. The owners should be sending out an official notice to customers on the mailing list in the next couple of weeks (or so I was told). So please don't hesitate to stop by!

    2. TorontoJo Jun 10, 2008 06:19 AM

      If you don't mind going downtown, you could check Sanko on Queen West. It's a small Japanese grocery store that carries all sorts of Japanese products. You could give them a call first to check if they have what you want.

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      1. re: TorontoJo
        SherylKirby Jun 10, 2008 06:49 AM

        Also Tap Phong on Spadina, and Little Tokyo in Kensington Market on Augusta - both have a selection of Japanese dishes and tableware.

        1. re: SherylKirby
          always_eating Jun 10, 2008 12:38 PM

          Unfortunately, Little Tokyo is closed too (like Mika's is or will be, above). They closed on May 24th, as reported by so_lovefood.

        2. re: TorontoJo
          bakanekochan Jun 10, 2008 02:18 PM

          Thanks, I usually go downtown during the weekends, so I'll definately chenk out Sanko and Tap Phong. Unfortunately, Mika's Japanese Gifts is probably too far (like JTown and P-Mall) so I don't think I can check that out. But, thanks anyways!

          @always_eating : Too bad little Tokyo is closed.. A friend recommended that store too me but I never got a chance too check it out >.< (btw thanxies for the info)

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            Apple Jun 10, 2008 04:45 PM

            Oh my favourite topic! I have picked up bento items from both Sanko (Ms. Bento and various supplies, picks, molds, etc.) and I have also picked up some items at T&T. I think we are woefully undersupplied... I have contemplated a trip to San fran to stock up on bento... now that's a problem....

            1. re: bakanekochan
              Kagemusha Jun 10, 2008 05:12 PM

              Korean grocers like PAT also tend to stock more of this sort of item than T&T or Tap Phong--worth a look.

              1. re: bakanekochan
                always_eating Jun 12, 2008 09:32 PM

                I've never been (just heard about it) but Things Japanese on Harbord Street sells bento boxes. Not sure what else bento-related that they carry.

            2. mogo Jun 12, 2008 12:25 PM

              At the Promenade Mall there's another Utsuwa-no-Yakata like in P-Mall. There's also another Japanese store there (I forget the name) that sells various household items -- they sell the molds and the plastic type bentos (as in, the bringing-your-lunch-to-work kind of bento, not the large boxes you get when ordering a bento set in a restaurant). There's a T&T at that mall as well, so it's worth checking out.

              I've tried looking in TapPhong for bento boxes (the plastic sort) -- no luck.

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                so_lovefood Jun 16, 2008 01:53 PM

                There's an online store I go to for that stuff- www.hongkongimports.ca I think they ship from markham too so it's usually really fast. I believe they supply most Japanese restaurants in Toronto.

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                1. re: so_lovefood
                  Kagemusha Jun 16, 2008 03:08 PM

                  No way. I'm guessing most of what they sell are Chinese-made knock-offs. The cast iron ware is really iffy, as are the ceramics. Iwachu cast-iron with safe enamel linings is 2x their price retail and vastly better quality.Caveat emptor!

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                    so_lovefood Jun 17, 2008 01:41 PM

                    Well the stuff I bought was really good... what I like about the site is that they disclose whether the item is made in China or Japan. I only buy lacquer bento Made in Japan =).. not that crappy stuff from T&T/china town that literally peels away. Anyway, Ive been really happy with the stuff so far!

                    1. re: so_lovefood
                      Kagemusha Jun 17, 2008 06:21 PM

                      Sorry but I don't see consistent disclosure, nor do I see much Japanese-made merch. The cast-iron is mostly Chinese knock-offs that work best as decor. Japanese-made costs more because it's far better quality than most of the stuff this crew peddles.No thanks!

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                        golonghorn Sep 10, 2009 06:13 PM

                        The best bento supplies I have found are here:
                        Seikatsu Kihon (Life Basics)
                        4438 Sheppard Ave East
                        Unit 366, Scarborough
                        416 298 7691
                        It is on the third floor. Call and check if it is open, she opens later in the day. She carries Clickity Clack, Lube Sheep & Putrifresh boxes both one and two tier as well as a ton of accessories like weiner cutters, egg molds, rice molds and sauce bottles. Prices are also reasonable. Beware first come first serve and you might have to check back from time to time. Let her know you found out about her on the net, hopefully she'll keep stocking all the bento goodness if she knows people are searching for it.

                        1. re: golonghorn
                          sweetie Sep 10, 2009 08:05 PM

                          sounds interesting. thanks for the info. After reading the article in NYT yesterday I kind of want to try making a bento.

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                            BamiaWruz Jun 1, 2010 10:00 PM

                            Thank you!! I went there and found the egg moulds I was looking for. They had two packages of different styles, got the bunnie and bear, and fish and car. So CUTE!!
                            $3.99 each, not bad since I didn't have to buy them off ebay for $6 + shipping coming all the way from china.

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                    red twizzler Sep 12, 2009 04:54 PM

                    I also read the NYT article. I pack a lunch 5 days a week for my after the gym work-out and I am getting so uninspired. The bento box article really captured my attention. The first place I turned to to find out where to find the bent supplies was Chowhound. Thanks.

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