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May 10, 2011 09:53 PM

Where to buy mirin

Need to find this Japanese rice wine for a relative in the Interior and wondering where to reliably find it on the west side of Vancouver (if possible)

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  1. I usually purchase mirin at T&T.
    I'm sure that it can be found elsewhere as well... but T&T for sure.

    1. fujiya(clark/venables) has it for sure. on the west side, whole food, choices, possibly meinhardts.

      1. save on foods; so maybe you could check at Price Smart, too.

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        1. re: KarenDW

          New Apple Farm Market has it at Broadway and MacDonaldish.

        2. Like others have stated, you can find mirin at Fujiya, T&T, etc. These are all aji-mirin...which is a mirin-flavoured liquid. What you can't get here (or is really hard to find) is hon-mirin - which is real mirin. The closest place you can get the real stuff is Uwajimaya in Seattle.

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          1. re: fmed

            I've been looking for hon-mirin in this city for ages, been to pretty much every Asian and Japanese shop I can find with no luck...

            If anyone knows where to get the real deal...please speak up!

            1. re: jerkstore

              Bumping this thread as I found hon-mirin at Izumi-ya in Richmond today (on Alderbridge, just west of No. 3), in case anyone is still searching for it.

              1. re: jerkstore

                That's great jerkstore! Thanks for that intel. I didn't see it there the last time I was there some time a year ago.

                1. re: fmed

                  Just to update this.

                  (I've attached a pic) The Japanese characters on the label read "hon mirin" but this product should really be called a "shio mirin" because of the added salt (shio).

                  Perhaps there this was a different bottle? This is the stuff that the store manager pointed out as their "hon mirin". It is imported by Angel Seafoods BTW.

                  Is this the same stuff?

                  Angel Seafoods
                  1345 Grant St, Vancouver, BC V5L, CA

                  1. re: fmed

                    Yeah, that's the bad, should have checked the excited when I saw the label and bought it without a second thought. The search continues...

          2. Superstore carries mirin as well.