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Where to buy mirin

J and V May 10, 2011 09:53 PM

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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    shopaholic Oct 15, 2011 09:56 AM

    Superstore carries mirin as well.

    1. fmed May 11, 2011 08:29 AM

      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
        jerkstore May 11, 2011 11:19 AM

        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
          jerkstore Sep 17, 2011 07:25 PM

          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
            fmed Sep 17, 2011 07:39 PM

            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
              fmed Oct 30, 2011 09:33 PM

              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
                jerkstore Oct 31, 2011 01:28 PM

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

      2. KarenDW May 11, 2011 12:36 AM

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

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        1. re: KarenDW
          grayelf May 11, 2011 07:39 AM

          New Apple Farm Market has it at Broadway and MacDonaldish.

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          betterthanbourdain May 11, 2011 12:31 AM

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

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            twinkienic May 10, 2011 11:31 PM

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

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