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Japanese/Korean pantry essentials

poloprincess Apr 24, 2011 10:30 AM

I'm moving away from Vancouver in a week and want to stock up my pantry with as much high quality Japanese/Korean pantry items as possible.

Ideas? I'm heading to H-mart for those familiar with the area.

- Large quantities of sushi rice, nori sheets, Korean red pepper

I can't bring anything that requires refrigeration or freezing.

  1. j
    joonjoon Apr 28, 2011 12:34 PM

    Japanese Curry
    Soy Sauce
    Rice Vinegar
    Sesame oil
    Fish sauce
    Bulldog sauce
    QP Mayo
    Dashi (instant)
    Sesame seeds
    Spicy Canned Tuna
    Canned sea snails (golbangi)
    Soba noodles
    Soba Tsuyu
    Various Ramen/Instant noodles
    Dang Myun (chap chae noodles)
    Japanese pickles
    Dried mushrooms
    Various forms of yuzu/yuja
    Various dried squid/octopus/fish

    1. t
      thadj Apr 25, 2011 07:52 PM

      where are you going? are you going someplace with no asian grocery stores at all, or just no korean/japanese stores? chinese and vietnamese grocery stores will often carry a lot of this stuff. also - nowadays, even the mainstream, non-asian supermarkets will carry some of these ingredients. korean ingredients tend to be harder to find than japanese. i went to a Tom Thumb in Fort Worth, TX of all places and was actually shocked at some of the japanese ingredients they carried, albei less selection and higher prices - but they still had things I'd never expect them to have. worth looking into.

      1. Servorg Apr 25, 2011 08:03 AM

        Roland (or any brand you like) pure sesame oil

        Shichimi Togarashi

        nori komi furikake

        1. Miss Needle Apr 25, 2011 07:45 AM

          dried anchovies
          bonito flakes
          S&B curry powder
          rice wine vinegar
          daen jang (fermented bean paste -- not spicy)
          sweet potato noodles
          wakame seaweed
          roasted barley for tea
          jja jang (fried fermented black bean paste -- different from Chinese versions)
          dried squid
          fish sauce
          dried red dates (jujube)
          sweetened red bean paste
          dried mushrooms (shitake, cloud ears)

          3 Replies
          1. re: Miss Needle
            uwsister Apr 25, 2011 05:50 PM

            Oh yes, I totally forgot about tea. That's one of our main purchases at Asian markets. Roasted barley for me as well, genmaicha and sencha, doong gool le cha (apparently called "Solomon's Seal tea" in English) etc.

            Are dried dates at Asian markets different from those at normal grocery stores?

            1. re: uwsister
              Val Apr 25, 2011 06:46 PM

              Had roasted barley tea in San Francisco June 2010 at a place called The Spot with my son...was really delicious with our meal...♥

              1. re: uwsister
                Miss Needle Apr 25, 2011 07:20 PM

                Love the doon gool le cha (except I call it dingleberry tea).

                Dried dates are completely different than the dates you find at American markets. These dates are smaller and red and not as sweet. It's commonly used in sam gae tang and yak bap.


            2. u
              uwsister Apr 25, 2011 12:23 AM

              My personal essentials: (YMMV, of course)

              Toasted sesame seeds
              Matcha powder
              Black sesame powder
              Rice flour/mochiko
              Calpis concentrate
              Golden Curry
              Dongwon tuna in select flavors
              Buckwheat noodles
              Dried anchovies & seaweeds
              Red pepper paste

              I have all of the above all the time in my house, so I'd say they're essential to me. Everything else I can find at almost any super markets (soy sauce, sesame oil, etc.) though if you want certain brand/quality, you might want to stock up anyway.

              1. BigSal Apr 24, 2011 12:14 PM

                Here's a helpful link where both Japanese and Korean pantry items were discussed. Enjoy your shopping excursion!


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