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Cambridge source to buy miso paste?

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triple creme Mar 25, 2010 05:12 PM

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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    hckybg RE: triple creme Mar 25, 2010 05:17 PM

    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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      triple creme RE: hckybg Mar 25, 2010 05:36 PM

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

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        smtucker RE: triple creme Mar 25, 2010 06:14 PM

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

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          powella RE: smtucker Mar 25, 2010 06:32 PM

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

    2. steinpilz RE: triple creme Mar 26, 2010 04:29 PM

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

      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/645101

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        femmevox RE: triple creme Mar 27, 2010 07:32 PM

        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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          triple creme RE: femmevox Mar 28, 2010 07:14 AM

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

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          Ralphie_in_Boston RE: triple creme Mar 27, 2010 07:45 PM

          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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            triple creme RE: Ralphie_in_Boston Mar 28, 2010 07:15 AM

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

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              Ralphie_in_Boston RE: triple creme Mar 28, 2010 11:20 AM

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

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                triple creme RE: Ralphie_in_Boston Mar 28, 2010 11:30 AM

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

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                  zach272 RE: triple creme Mar 28, 2010 12:06 PM

                  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

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                    Ralphie_in_Boston RE: zach272 Mar 28, 2010 01:31 PM

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

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                      triple creme RE: Ralphie_in_Boston Mar 28, 2010 02:45 PM

                      I really appreciate this tip.

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            Spenbald RE: triple creme Mar 27, 2010 08:45 PM

            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?

            http://www.southrivermiso.com/

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

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              triple creme RE: Spenbald Mar 28, 2010 07:15 AM

              Super! thanks.

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                Aromatherapy RE: Spenbald Mar 28, 2010 01:27 PM

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

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                  robertlf RE: Aromatherapy Mar 28, 2010 07:26 PM

                  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.

                  http://www.ebisuyamarket.com
                  http://www.southrivermiso.com

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                NahantNative RE: triple creme Apr 14, 2010 12:47 PM

                I hate to jump into theis post, but I've been to many stores in Chinatown looking for Misi and havent had any luck whether its not carried or I just cant read the label. Anyone have Chinatown suggests for Miso?

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