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Apr 24, 2011 10:30 AM

Japanese/Korean pantry essentials

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.

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

    1. 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. 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

          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

            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

              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. Roland (or any brand you like) pure sesame oil

            Shichimi Togarashi

            nori komi furikake

            1. 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.