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Where to buy mirin in Toronto?

Steph_Kirby Aug 21, 2011 07:02 PM

Japanese rice wine?

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    Apple Aug 21, 2011 07:06 PM

    Where are you located... it's actually readily available.

    T&T supermarket (on Cherry St.)
    Downstairs in the dry goods store in SLM
    Sanko on Queen Street

    I never looked but I wouldn't be surprised if Metro or Loblaws had it at their larger locations

    730 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

    18 Replies
    1. re: Apple
      bytepusher Aug 21, 2011 07:10 PM

      Big Carrot

      Loblaws at this point only seems to carry a flavoured version.

      1. re: Apple
        Kagemusha Aug 21, 2011 07:12 PM

        Try PAT. Probably cheaper there, too, relative to piratical SLM and over-the-hill Sanko. It's not hard to find.

        1. re: Kagemusha
          haggisdragon Aug 21, 2011 07:51 PM

          Actually I was looking for mirin at PAT a while back and they had a few different kinds but they were all loaded with corn syrup, which I understand is completely inauthentic.

          1. re: haggisdragon
            Notorious P.I.G. Aug 21, 2011 09:34 PM

            They only sell Shin Mirin in Toronto which is the stuff at PAT that you're talking about. For Hon Mirin or true mirin you would have to go through the LCBO theoretically and even then I am not sure if they can get it for you. Best thing to do is to hit someone up stateside that's visiting and maybe they can bring it up for you.

            1. re: Notorious P.I.G.
              scarberian Aug 22, 2011 02:55 AM

              In a pinch you can substitute hon mirin by just mixing sake with some sugar. The ratio of sake to sugar is 3 to 1.

              1. re: scarberian
                Notorious P.I.G. Aug 22, 2011 09:18 AM

                Yeah, in a pinch for sure. Still no substitute for the original though.

              2. re: Notorious P.I.G.
                PoppiYYZ Aug 22, 2011 07:04 AM

                I'd love to try cooking with the Hon Mirin.

                In a previous thread, Aser mentioned Ozawa and Yamasho have it, but only in huge containers (18L). http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/671006

                I will be in Buffalo soon. Any ideas where hon mirin might be found there ?

                1. re: PoppiYYZ
                  Notorious P.I.G. Aug 22, 2011 09:41 AM

                  You may be out of luck in Buffalo. I usually get mine in NYC or NJ. You could try ordering from these guys to wherever you're going to be staying in Buffalo...





                  Also, if you haven't already, you have to hit Bar Bill for wings and beef on weck on your trip out to buffalo regardless of whether you find sake or not.

                  1. re: Notorious P.I.G.
                    PoppiYYZ Aug 22, 2011 10:29 AM

                    Thanks N P.I.G.,

                    Think we swapped Buffalo tips before. Bar Bill for wings and suds (still hit the Anchor too) but Charlie the Butcher is my fav-weck ;-D.

                    Disappointing that we can't get such a basic quality ingredient as mirin in Ontario.

                    I'll be in NYC a few days later, so I'll hit Mitsuwa in NJ. Never been before, but it's been on my to do list for some time.

                    1. re: PoppiYYZ
                      Notorious P.I.G. Aug 22, 2011 11:00 AM

                      Cool, cool.

                      Yes indeed. I guess there's not such a demand for it. Either that or you have to buy in quantity...

                      I assume you're driving but just in case you're not you can take a really quick bus over from Port Authority.


                  2. re: PoppiYYZ
                    Kagemusha Aug 22, 2011 01:31 PM

                    You really don't need it for cooking, folks. The sweetened variety is what the OP likely wants.Aji mirin is what's on offer all over the GTA. Maybe the OP can specify what they will use it for?

                    1. re: Kagemusha
                      PoppiYYZ Aug 23, 2011 07:21 AM

                      The aji mirin in teriyaki (2T sake, 2T sugar, 4T soy sauce, and 4T aji mirin, optional fresh ginger) is better than any purchased premade teriyaki and better than most restaurants (likely because they're using premade).

                      I've never had a recipe ruined by using too good an ingredient so I'd still like to give the hon mirin a try in marinades, dipping sauces, miso soup, as well as teriyaki.

                      1. re: PoppiYYZ
                        Kagemusha Aug 23, 2011 07:39 AM

                        That's nice but not necessary, especially given the difficulty finding it. Jeesh, why do you think the major Japanese suppliers make aji-mirin???

                2. re: haggisdragon
                  Kagemusha Aug 22, 2011 04:21 AM

                  "Actually I was looking for mirin at PAT a while back and they had a few different kinds but they were all loaded with corn syrup, which I understand is completely inauthentic."

                  When it's bottled as a cooking wine/condiment, it's always sweetened, OK?

                3. re: Kagemusha
                  Steph_Kirby Aug 22, 2011 06:58 PM

                  What and where is PAT?

                  1. re: Steph_Kirby
                    scarberian Aug 22, 2011 09:04 PM

                    I'm not sure if there is more than one location, but the one I go to is in a plaza that is just west of Lawrence Ave. E. and Warden in Scarborough on the south side. BTW they also have packages of beef short ribs already sliced and ready to be marinated for Korean style bbq. You can pick up the different varieties of marinades for the bbq there as well.

                    1. re: scarberian
                      Wahooty Aug 22, 2011 09:11 PM

                      There's also one on Bloor, east of Christie station.

                    2. re: Steph_Kirby
                      Notorious P.I.G. Aug 22, 2011 09:59 PM

                      The one on Bloor is the bigger one but both should have no alchohol, corn syrup mirin.

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                  Whats_For_Dinner Aug 22, 2011 08:46 AM

                  The LCBO does carry a Chinese rice wine: http://www.lcbo.com/lcbo-ear/lcbo/pro...

                  I've never tried it -- they don't carry it in my local stores -- but the price is right.

                  1 Reply
                  1. re: Whats_For_Dinner
                    jayt90 Aug 22, 2011 09:23 AM

                    The Chinese rice wine might be a substitute for mirin, but no stores carry it, so it may be in transit or delisted.
                    For the few times I prepare rice for sashimi, the mirin products like Kikkoman from P.A.T. have worked well, no worries about a small amount of corn syrup.

                  2. Kagemusha Aug 22, 2011 08:52 AM

                    BTW, if you want sake, try here:


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