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Jun 10, 2010 10:58 AM

Japanese Groceries

United Noodles has drastically cut down on the variety of Japanese grocery items in the store. Still plenty of frozen and refrigerated items, but less sauces and noodles. Any other suggestions? Used to go to Kim's on Snelling - but the whole Korean/Japanese WWII angst was a bit too much. Chicago's Mitsuwa is a bit too far to go.

United Noodles
920 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN

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  1. Toshio,

    Is there a specific item you are looking for? That might help us suggest a specific store for you. I know what you mean about Kim's. Back in the day they were terrible, but I've found that things have changed, as well as ownership. And the staff has been genuinely courteous.

    1. I've been shopping at Kim's for the last couple of years when I didn't feel like making the trek to United Noodle, and I can't say I've ever experienced anything in that store that I would call "angst". Maybe I'm just not the most perceptive guy on the planet. :-s Anyway, of the Asian groceries on (or near) University Avenue in St. Paul, I'd say Kim's probably has the most extensive selection of Japanese foods.

      United Noodles
      920 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN

      1. I was recommended by my Japanese friends quite a while ago that Seoul Foods in Fridley has good selections of Korean/Japanese grocery items. I have stopped going to United Noodle and have just gone there ever since. Another Korean grocery that I like is called Dong Yang. Maybe you can check both places out.

        Dong Yang Oriental Food - 735 45th Avenue Northeast, Minneapolis, MN 55421-2302
        (763) 571-2009‎

        Seoul Foods - 1071 East Moore Lake Drive, Fridley, MN 55432-5153
        (763) 572-0079‎

        Dong Yang Oriental Food
        735 45th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55421