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Best store for Japanese?

I assume it would be MT, but i don't shop for much Japanese stuff, so thought if someone knew better.
We are doing a Japanese themed dinner club soon, and I'm looking for ideas for condiments, pre-made sauces, etc.

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  1. I would check out Asahi Imports but also some of the Korean stores such as Han yang.

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    1. re: lixlix

      Ashai is a Japanese-owned business...that's probably the only place in town. The owner is really helpful.

      1. re: rudeboy

        this is on Burnet, just north of Koenig, right?

    2. Also check DK Sushi on N. Lamar just South of Koenig (right by El Caribe and just north of Dan's Hamburgers). It's a sushi joint and a market.

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      1. re: agoodbite

        Here's a 2nd for DK Sushi. Great place! I imagine if you tell DK what you want he'd have some great suggestions.

      2. looks like you got it covered (I've been shopping at Asahi since the Reagan Administration)--but one thing one should point out, the best place for Sushi/Sashimi grade fish is Quality Seafood--one thing I have yet to see, however, is Shiso leaves...

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        1. re: taliesin15

          Re: Shiso leaves.

          Green shiso is very, very easy to grow. If you are growing it outside, you will likely only plant it once and then spend the following years "discovering" and pulling up the many new sprouts. It is not like mint, spreading everywhere by roots, but the seeds are tiny and prolific. I have a barrel in which it has reseeded itself for 8-9 years.

          FWIW, I have had much less luck with red shiso. It seems to not like the heat or something, turning greenish and going to seed very quickly. So you won't get the little flower/seed panicles served with dipping sauces; at least not for very long.

          1. re: akachochin

            thanks for the info--maybe I'll try it when I start up my Fall herb garden

        2. thanks for all the recs. I went to Asahi. (and coincidently taliesin, went to Quality Seafood for shrimp for Tempura, sushi grade Tuna and soft shell crabs)The lady that works there could not be friendlier and was very helpful.