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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?

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

                   
                  1. re: fmed

                    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. Superstore carries mirin as well.