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Do you have fish-shaped soy sauce at your local Sushi shop?

Jamien Jun 10, 2012 08:03 PM

Hi, I'm wondering if countries outside of Australia and Asia have these little fish-shaped soy sauce containers? I'm presently doing an illustration of a Makizushi (Sushi Roll) holding one of them for a product that may be sold in USA, Europe and other regions. I can't really include the said container unless it's internationally recognisable. Any comments would be most helpful.
Thank you,

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  1. EWSflash RE: Jamien Jun 10, 2012 08:21 PM

    Check Amazon and eBay. I've found them many places online, do a Google search for them. You'll probably get enough hits to find your life's dream where it comes to Japanese wonderful accessories.

    1. gmm RE: Jamien Jun 10, 2012 10:43 PM

      I'm in the US and I've never seen soy sauce in that container before. It's usually in a clear bottle with the manufacturer's info stamped on it like my photo, or in some variation of a little ceramic pot.

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        AAQjr RE: gmm Jun 10, 2012 10:51 PM

        mostly for to go you see the ketchup packet style, but I have seen those around. Most sushi bars have the style gmm pictures above.

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        Cathy RE: Jamien Jun 11, 2012 03:51 AM

        The household supply section of small Japanese grocery stores (I am in Southern California) sell a three pack of those fish shape containers- empty. There is a small funnel also in the package. I assume you fill the container and carry with your lunch.

        Have never seen any filled ones sold or available at sushi shops or to-go counters.

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          ricepad RE: Jamien Jun 11, 2012 11:54 AM

          I'm in the US (northern California, to be exact), and the only time I've seen those is in Japan.

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            2m8ohed RE: ricepad Jun 11, 2012 10:42 PM

            I'm also in the Bay Area and have purchased them (empty) at Daiso in Cupertino, near Marukai. They're in a section that includes lots of bento supplies.

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              ricepad RE: 2m8ohed Jun 12, 2012 11:32 AM

              Yeah, I should have been more specific in my response. I have never seen those in commercial application (that is, restaurant/food stall take out) outside of Japan. I have seen them in stores (empty).

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                Dalbunosky RE: ricepad Jan 6, 2013 11:06 PM

                I remember seeing these when I was a little kid, but I don't remember where. I use to live in Hong Kong, and they weren't there. (to go sushi and 30C heat doesn't mix anyway.) I live in the SF Bay Area now, and here we have the ketchup packet copycats.

                Maybe it was on the East Coast, or on United Airlines.

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            Harters RE: Jamien Jun 11, 2012 01:15 PM

            In the UK, they always seem to accompany sushi sold in supermarkets, so I assume they're pretty well recognised here (at least in the context of folk who buy sushi in supermarkets)

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              dmjordan RE: Jamien Jun 11, 2012 01:43 PM

              I've never seen it in Pennsylvania.

              1. Bacardi1 RE: Jamien Jun 11, 2012 04:51 PM

                Have never seen them here in VA - in restaurants or supermarkets or Asian markets.

                But darn that is cute!!!!

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                  Bacardi1 RE: Bacardi1 Jun 12, 2012 09:08 AM

                  I was so enamored, I did a brief websearch & did find a link for a company that sells them:


                  (While searching for the above, there was also a site selling - ahem - "phallic-shaped" soy sauce dispensers, for anyone here with the eccentricity to want to use something like that at their next sushi party - lol! But you're going to have to search for that on your own. I'M not providing the link - lol!!!!)

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                  chococat RE: Jamien Jun 12, 2012 08:47 AM

                  We have them widely available in the Seattle area, but then again, we also have a large Japanese population. I saw them just the other day at our university bookstore in the doodad and novelties section. They are not generally distributed by sushi restaurants filled with soy sauce though-- just empty for filling at home.

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                    2roadsdiverge RE: Jamien Jun 12, 2012 12:53 PM

                    Never seen them in the US, so I am afraid that they probably would not be recognizable in your video. I also imagine people would focus on the cute container instead of your presentation, which would be a shame.

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                      LauraGrace RE: Jamien Jun 13, 2012 09:33 AM

                      I've seen them in Australia, but mostly in the U.S. soy sauce somes in little packets. Shame -- the fishies are neater and much cuter! :)

                      I do think they're available in some areas in the U.S. -- I recall seeing an American bento blog that recommended saving them to use in your bento lunches.

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                        pdxgastro RE: LauraGrace Jun 13, 2012 05:29 PM

                        They *are* cute.

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                        pippimac RE: Jamien Jun 13, 2012 05:44 PM

                        The fish are cute, and standard here.
                        I used to do arty things with them (think coloured water, mobiles...)
                        No splurting soy! What we do have that sucks, is the chewing gum-like wad of. dry 'wasabi'.

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                          Jamien RE: pippimac Jun 14, 2012 04:23 AM

                          Thank you everyone for your comments. As you all realised (and I forgot to mention) I was talking about pre-filled take-away containers. I can't remember NOT getting them with Sushi in Australia. They are pretty much the best thing ever. Seems like I'll have to think of a work-around for my illustration. I'd be interested to hear if anyone's seen them in Europe too...?

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                            pj26 RE: Jamien Jun 14, 2012 04:42 AM

                            They have them in the UK, many of the sushi chains will give them away with their boxed sushi. Not sure about the continent though.

                            Also in NZ they are common.

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                              Harters RE: Jamien Jun 14, 2012 07:51 AM

                              Yes, as my post upthread on 11/6, we have them in the United Kingdom part of Europe.

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                                DeppityDawg RE: Jamien Jul 25, 2013 03:24 AM

                                You might consider using one that's shaped like a little bottle, or just a rectangular block. It would be less distracting for people who haven't seen this sort of container before. Shame about the cute factor, though!


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                              akq RE: Jamien Oct 1, 2012 04:28 PM

                              They were pretty common in Hawaii when I was a kid, but I haven't seen them on the mainland US. The Kikkoman foil packets are more common here.

                              1. jrvedivici RE: Jamien Jul 25, 2013 09:11 AM

                                North East US (New Jersey) I have never seen those before in my life.

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