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Sep 18, 2008 06:50 AM

Japanese cookware store in Toronto? Shabu Shabu pot (nabe) in Toronto

Does anyone know of a place that sells Japanese cookware? Specifically a nabe or eathenware pot used to make shabu shabu in Toronto. Much appreciated.

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  1. Try Mika's Japanese Gifts in Mississauga. Believe they have both ceramic and cast-iron versions. Nice shop with lots of hard-to-find Japanese cookware/tableware.

    1. I got one at T&T for $14 a while ago. It was on sale, but the regular priced ones were only around $25 or so. Comparable ones at Tap Phong were a bit more, if I recall correctly, and far, far more at Sanko.

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      1. re: tbonetak - this is the best place I've found with 3 locations in the GTA - Hwy 7, Promenade Mall and Pacific Mall -

        1. re: berbere

          There are stores in and around pacific mall that sell japanese cookware. Specifically in the plaza behind pacific mall, there is a shop that sells a bunch of houseware supplies. I recall a large japanese selection. Sorry the name is not coming to mind.
          As mentioned above, Tap phong in chinatown might have what you are looking for (they tend to have everything).

          1. re: pancake

            If I recall there was a really large Japanese kitchenwear store on the topmost level (although I haven't been back for a few years).

            I imagine Sanko on Queen W at Claremont would probably have not only the serving dishes but also the authentic ingredients - they're very nice, I've asked them about how to do a shabu shabu before and they took me through the sauces and typical ingredients. Likely more expensive then uptown though...

            1. re: artificialard

              Utsuwa-no-Yakata is the store on the top level of Pacific Mall beside the arcade.

      2. If you're looking for a shabu shabu (metal hot pot), they're widely available at large Chinese grocery stores (ie., T&T) as well as Chinese kitchenware stores (downtown - Tap Phong, Scarborough/Markham - Pacific Mall, Peachtree plaza, First Markham).

        As for a nabe pot (earthenware), they are available at Utsuwa-ya at Pacific Mall but incredibly overpriced. Much cheaper place next door at Market Village is Ones (also at Vaughn Mills). They have different sizes. Now that we're coming up to nabe season, J-Town's supermarket will be carrying the nabe pots.

        Portable stoves and butane fuel also available at Chinese supermarkets. One brand is Thunder range.