Asian/Japanese grocery store in VT?
I recently relocated to Vermont, Burlington area, and am having a hard time finding a good Asian grocery store. I am specifically looking for a place that I can buy premium grade short grain rice, ie Yume, Nozomi, etc. I don't mind driving for couple of hours if the place is worth the drive. Any help is appreciated. Thanks in advance!
I don't know Burlington, VT well, but have you considered Montreal? There are certainly some decent Korean grocery stores there.
I lived in Japan for a while and my wife is Korean, so I know the kinds of rice you're looking for. The place I go to in Montreal has standard North American Japanese-style rices such as Botan, Shirakiku, etc, as well as some fancier onces (Akita, Koshihikari, etc.) We've recently started eating some of the fancy Korean mixed brown rice and sweet brown rice. I always hated brown rice before and just liked fancy Japanese komes, but I actually like this better - it's worth trying.
The market we use in Montreal is:
Montreal Jangteu Korean Grocery Store/몬트리얼 장터 한국 식품
2116 Boulevard Décarie, Montréal, QC H4A 3J3
I live in Sherbrooke, Quebec (2.5 hours northeast of Burlington), and we certainly have nothing useful here. It is not possible to buy kimchee anywhere here. I often fly out of Burlington airport for work. Do you know if there is anywhere to get decent kimchee in Burlington? This would save us trips to Montreal sometimes... We don't want the bad stuff that is sometimes sold in small jars in standard supermarkets, but very large jars of the stuff that might be found at a Korean grocery... Please let me know if you have seen something like this anywhere in Burlington.
Try Thai Phat, at 100 North St. in downtown Burlington. Biggest selection of Japanese stuff I've found so far, along with a great selection of Vietnamese and Thai foods. Sushido (formerly Sakura) in Williston (the place the previous poster referred to) also has authentic short grain rice, along with a small selection of other Japanese groceries.
And I'm pretty sure the big Shaw's on Shelburne Rd. has short grain rice (I've bought it there), along with other basic Japanese sauces and provisions. Good luck!
Thank you guys for the information. I tried Thai Phat, but they didn't have what I was looking for. But, I went to Sushido, and they did have the type of rice. If you are a big rice eater, I highly recommend getting the premium short grain rice you can get there. It is the closest you can get for the real Japanese stuff.
I don' t know about brands, and this isn't exactly an Asian or Japanese grocery... There's an Indian grocery called Gagnan Grocery on Williston Road in (I think) South Burlington. They have a lot of rices (probably not what you're looking for, I know, sorry).
There's a market near Costco in Colchester (across the parking lot from Costco) that I haven't had a chance to look at yet, but it's got a variety of imported stuff. I think it is primarily European in focus.
There's a couple of "foreign" groceries in Winooski, right in the town center, IIRC, that I have also not had a chance to check out, but they're African (I think).
One last place that might actually have what you want, or be able to GET it for you, is the sushi place in the Taft Corners shopping center. They have some shelves with some Japanese stuff on them. They might be able to get the rice you want and be willing to sell it to you.
Also, this might seem really stupid, but have you tried looking in Shaw's "Shop the World" section? I got some short grain rice there (but I wouldn't know from good quality stuff).
It's entirely possible that someone else could actually be of some help. I wish I had more to offer. :)