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Mar 25, 2010 05:12 PM

Cambridge source to buy miso paste?

Ever since Kotobukiya departed the Porter Exchange building I've had trouble finding Asian groceries in walking distance. Even Whole Foods tends to only stock dark miso (most of my recipes are better with light miso), and even then it's hit-or-miss.

I'm also looking for yeast flakes (aka brewers yeast or nutritional yeast) but that's probably a lost cause without a genuine old-fashioned health food store.

Any suggestions are welcome.

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  1. Depends where you live, but Reliable Market in Union Square is walking distance from some of Cambridge. There is also the Asian grocer on Mass Ave east of Central Square, near Main Street.

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    1. re: hckybg

      Thanks hckybg. Union Sq is a longish but feasible walk.

      1. re: triple creme

        The Reliable must have 50 different miso options. Rather overwhelming, but so far they have all been good.

        1. re: smtucker

          Harvest in Central Square usually carries a good number of varieties. Not within walking distance, but a quick train ride from Porter.

    2. Go to the reincarnated Kotobukiya -- Ebusiya Market in Medford (take the bus from Davis Square if you don't have a car):

      1. Harvest Coop in Central Square has two kinds of tasty nutritional yeast in the bulk bins, flakes and powder, with flakes being slightly more expensive.

        They have a range of misos, too.

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        1. re: femmevox

          Thanks for this -- I tend to forget about Harvest Coop.

        2. There's a small Asian market between Porter and Davis square along Mass Ave. I don't remember the name of it but it's the size (and appearance from the street) as a convenience store. They have three or four varieties of miso, including light I believe. Not the biggest selection or the most fantastic shopping experience, but perhaps the location is better for you and worth a try.

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          1. re: Ralphie_in_Boston

            That sounds ideal since I shop at Pemberton fairly often. Thanks.

            1. re: triple creme

              You're welcome...I wish I remembered the name of this place though!

              1. re: Ralphie_in_Boston

                Is it on the right or left, as you walk north? Can't miss it that way.

                1. re: triple creme

                  I think I know the one you're talking about. It's on the left as you go north, a few blocks up from Pemberton. The sign says "Oriental Market" - not sure if that's actually the name of the place though

                  1. re: zach272

                    Yes, on your left as you go outbound towards arlington.

          2. Have you seen South River miso in local stores at all? I picked some up at Dave's Fresh Pasta in Davis, but I'm guessing Harvest Co-op might carry this. And if not, you can order it online! Local miso! What could be better?


            Dave's Fresh Pasta
            81 Holland St, Somerville, MA 02144

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              1. re: Spenbald

                I bought some at Fresh Pond Whole Foods, a while ago.

                1. re: Aromatherapy

                  I've seen at Whole Foods too. South River miso is made here in Massachusetts. For imported miso, I'd head over to Ebisuya in Medford.