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Where to find sushi rice and ingredients in rhode island?

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Grendal Apr 17, 2010 10:04 PM

I've been scouring all the food shops I could think of...I'm looking for short grain sushi rice, and nori, or even soy wrappers, I've not found a single place. Allton and boston are quite a ways away from East Greenwich and the commute would kill my wallet. Does anyone know where I can find a place to buy sushi fixings here in rhode island? Fishing season has opened...you don't get as fresh as 1 hour old catch.

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    magiesmom RE: Grendal Apr 18, 2010 04:16 AM

    What about Trader Joe's?.

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      Grendal RE: magiesmom Apr 19, 2010 06:11 AM

      never found it at trader joes....and when I did find something close they wanted way too much.

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      FjmArch RE: Grendal Apr 18, 2010 06:34 AM

      I have found all of this in the past at Mirae Market, 602 Reservoir Avenue, Cranston
      It is predominately Korean but also has Japanese items.

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        Grendal RE: FjmArch Apr 19, 2010 07:30 AM

        I'll go check them out on the first when I get more cash...tired of spending too much at sushi bars. I swear there is crack in the sushi at the sushi bars cause some of the prices are nothing short of highway robbery!

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          magiesmom RE: Grendal Apr 19, 2010 04:54 PM

          trader joe's wanted way too much? I certainly know there is alot to criticize about them, but price? really?

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            Grendal RE: magiesmom Apr 20, 2010 05:32 AM

            yeah their a little expensive on some stuff.

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        Joltingjoey RE: Grendal Apr 20, 2010 07:07 AM

        There's a good Asian grocery on Franklin St. (rt. 1) in Westerly. It's right next to Golden Chopsticks restaurant (they own it). They have a Japanese section with nori sheets, ginger, wasabi powder & tubes, rice vinegar, as well as bags of California sushi rice. Their prices are generally fair. One caveat: if you buy anything from their fridges or freezers, check item carefully because they're sometimes careless about expired products. I once cooked a meal that was spoiled by moldy noodles.

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          Grendal RE: Joltingjoey Apr 22, 2010 01:30 PM

          I'll definetely check it out.

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          harryharry RE: Grendal Apr 22, 2010 01:53 PM

          Every Stop and Shop and Shaws has sushi rice in the international section - most have nori, Stop and Shop has the soy wrappers - Almost all health food stores have nori too.

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            Grendal RE: harryharry Apr 23, 2010 02:16 AM

            According to stop and shop and shaws they don't carry sushi rice, they carry the rice wine vinegar, but no soy wrappers, nori, or the actual rice. Was the first place I looked shaws is half a mile, and stop and shop a mile from my place. Unless the super was pulling my leg.

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              malyna RE: Grendal Apr 23, 2010 06:26 AM

              It's definitely there... though you have to pay more for it than if you went to an asian grocery store

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                Grendal RE: malyna Apr 24, 2010 01:29 AM

                hmmm wonder why I was told they don't carry it. I'll have to go look again.

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                  Alica RE: Grendal Apr 27, 2010 10:03 AM

                  Ok, I can do you one better. I was in the N. Kingstown Stop & Shop yesterday. The sushi rice is in the Asian section on the bottom shelf in a white bag.

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            Alica RE: Grendal Apr 23, 2010 05:57 PM

            I make sushi often at home. Stop & Shop has a Asian section.They have nori, wasabi powder and in a tube (usually near the seafood section). They have sushi rice in the rice section. As for Shaw's I do not shop there as often but I know they do have a gourmet section that has a very good selection of gourmet items and I am sure they have sushi ingredients there. As for soy wrappers for sushi I bought them at whole foods in their Asian section.
            If you feel like traveling a bit, as someone else mentioned, I also go to the Asiam market in Westerly and it is great. It is worth a trip to stock up. The prices are definately better. They get fresh, very nice Asian produce on Thursdays. The only placed I have seen soy wrappers in Whole foods.
            Near E. Greenwich there is Chef A Roni. It is a gourmet shop that has sushi ingredients.

            1. amatuerfoodie RE: Grendal Apr 23, 2010 06:29 PM

              There is the Chinese American Mini mart in Cranston that has a pretty decent selection of rice. Correct me if I am wrong, but I believe sushi rice is very similar to sweet(glutinous rice) which I am about 85% sure they sell at that mini mart.

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                dagwood RE: amatuerfoodie Apr 26, 2010 08:50 AM

                Are you referring to Phu Lam Market in Rolfe Square?

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                  amatuerfoodie RE: dagwood Apr 26, 2010 08:06 PM

                  Nope (I don't even know where this rolfe square is). The market in cranston is called Chinese American mini mart (located around a semi busy 4 way intersection). The entrance and parking is hidden in the back, and if you haven't been there before you're more than likely will have to turn around, or parked in the wrong parking lot (I did both, hehehe).

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                    FjmArch RE: amatuerfoodie Apr 26, 2010 08:13 PM

                    That busy 4 way intersection is Park Ave and Rolfe Street. Rolfe Square is the park at the intersection. If you head down Rolfe Street away from the Fire Station, Park Theater you will find Phu Lam Market on the left hand side just past the Post Office.
                    So the long and short of it is you do know where Rolfe Square is you just did not know what it was.

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              2. lslao RE: Grendal May 6, 2010 02:54 PM

                Whole Foods in Cranston definitely has sushi rice in the bulk aisle for $1.xx/lb. They also have brown sushi rice if that is something you prefer.

                I've seen nori sheets pretty much everywhere, although I don't know who sells it for the cheapest price. I buy nori sheets at the Chinese American Market in Cranston. They also have frozen unagi there if interested (it's already cooked with the sauce, and all you do is boil the vacuum sealed container to heat it.)

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                  Shann RE: Grendal May 7, 2010 05:10 AM

                  This isn't so much a specific answer, but I've found that most local food co-ops carry a wide variety of rice, including sushi rice.

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