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Oct 31, 2011 08:31 PM

Where to get Japanese style bamboo shoots?- "menma"

Looked around the Nijiya market in San Mateo, and the Berkeley Bowl west, but didn't really see anything. I am familiar with Chinese versions in a can or jar, typically with chili oil, but would like some more like the ramen topping. I imagine that they come in a big vacuum pack, refrigerated. Tokyo Fish Market? 99 Ranch in the tsukemono area?

Berkeley Bowl
2020 Oregon St, Berkeley, CA 94703

Tokyo Fish Market
1220 San Pablo Ave, Albany, CA 94706

99 Ranch
4299 Rosewood Dr, Pleasanton, CA 94588

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  1. Nijiya in San Francisco has them, as does the other Japanese food markets in Japantown. You might've missed them, because they come in tiny refridgerated packages, usually located near the nama ramen. The brand I have seen is Yamachan, they also make nama ramen. There is a picture of their menma on their website at:

    1. I just bought some at the Berkeley Bowl (Oregon St.)- they were vacuum packed in the produce section near the chiles.

      I also saw them at Tokyo Fish, again in the produce section, on the far left.
      At 99 ranch they're in the refrigerated section next to the frozen area, with the lop cheong, fishcake and pickles.

      Berkeley Bowl
      2020 Oregon St, Berkeley, CA 94703