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Where can I buy okinawa black sugar?

susan robin Apr 9, 2009 07:25 AM

Before I start foraging, thought you all might save me some time. Struck out on Amazon, it is listed but not available right now. Does anyone know if M2M has it? And there used to be a Japanese grocery way east in the 50's, can't remember the name but it started with a K, I think, have not been there in years so I don't even know if it still exists. Any ideas? I could use dark brown sugar but it's not gonna be the same ...

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    deam Apr 9, 2009 07:33 AM

    There is a Japanese grocery in the high 40's right off of Lexington. There is also a Japanese grocery on 41st close to the library. If you can't find it at any of those spots this might call for a trip to Mitsuwa. You can get their shuttle bus at the Porth Authority.

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      MikeG Apr 10, 2009 04:31 PM

      I don't know if they have the sugar, but Katagiri is the place you're thinking of and it's still there, on E 59th St between Lex and Third.

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      1. re: MikeG
        pbjluver Apr 10, 2009 06:22 PM


        224 E. 59th Street
        BETWEEN 2nd and 3rd Avenues...NOT Lex and 3rd

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        hungrycomposer Apr 10, 2009 11:26 PM

        What do you use it for? I read that it has a high iron content.

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        1. re: hungrycomposer
          susan robin Apr 13, 2009 06:11 AM

          There's a recipe for seared arctic char with black sugar barbecue sauce in this month's Met Home magazine that looks delicious, quick and easy, the type of thing you could make for two or for a crowd. Since it looked like it was pretty much a key ingredient, did not want to substitute if I did not have to. MH also suggests melting it with heavy cream to make a sauce for ice cream or cake, they said it's like instant dulce de leche. I'm not a baker, but apparently pastry chefs are using it also. Am going to look into the iron content, though.

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          inmybackpages Apr 12, 2009 08:36 AM

          I could have sworn I saw some at Kalustyans...

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            acidity May 7, 2009 03:40 PM

            Just throwing these out there because they are other Japanese groceries that come to mind (I have no idea if they have it, but you could call)

            Sunrise Mart
            494 Broome St, New York, NY 10013

            Sunrise Mart
            4 Stuyvesant St, New York, NY 10003

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