Mitsuwa -- what should I pick up
- Disneyfreak May 24, 2013 08:17 AM
I've been to Mitsuwa before, but I tend to not buy much. I get some saki, plum wine, some curry sauce cubes, seaweed "sprinkles," frozen wasabi dumplings and onigiri. What else do you buy there?
I just happened to be there yesterday....I would suggest the many different types of Tofu products, Fresh Packaged Noodle and Miso Paste which were on sale. For Vegetables, try the many cabbages or Asian offering not readily available in your normal markets. They also have a great selection of unique mushrooms as well.
For prepared foods/Sashimi....both Negitoro and Chaka Ika Sansai were also on sale . Two small packages amounted to less than $5....a great little snack.
Shochu. (barley alcohol)
Asahi kuronama. (black beer)
Nori. (seawood strips)
Takoyaki. (octopus fritters)
Uni. (sea urchin)
Hotate. (scallop sashimi)
Fresh wasabi. ($$$$)
I've only been to Mitsuwa once but have gone to Japanese markets elsewhere for several years.
I'd buy Japanese pickles, miso, mushrooms (though not after Fukushima), burdock, onigiri (salmon, tuna), ikura, uni, seafood of all sorts (for broiling, soups, or sushi/sashimi), kombu and katsuobushi for dashi, other seaweeds, mirin, and snacks. I buy rice in regular markets as it can be expensive in Japanese ones.
If you care about cost, the single best thing you can get at Mitsuwa is their negi toro, followed by pork jowel.
If price is no object, get yourself some crazy marbled beef and toro!
My family loves Mitsuwa. After shopping in the grocery section we enjoy lunch in the food court. I love the ramen soup but they have quite a selection.
I always buy sashimi, sushi and pepper chicken from the prepared food section. I also usually buy some of their fresh meat (chicken hearts and livers, also pork jowel).
I have to say that there are many things that I love to try that I haven't even heard of before.
My kids also love the wide selection of Pokey.
Mmm yes it's soba season! Maybe it's time for a "how do you like your soba" thread in home cooking.
I've gotten a different miso every time I've gone there and so far none has stood out as being significantly better or worse, they're just different.
One thing you should know is that some are plain all purpose miso, while others are miso with dashi built in. You can see which is which by checking the ingredients.
The dashi built in misos are convenient because all you need is water for miso soup. But they're less useful for all other miso uses because you can't avoid the dashi broth taste in everything you make with it.