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Well this is embarrassing. The name Mitsuwa didn't ring any bells when you first mentioned it. After I looked at the map it hit me. For 3 years my office parking lot bordered the Mitsuwa parking lot! I ate lunch about 4 days a week in the different joints to the left and right of Mitsuwa. I never bought my groceries there though, I always went to 99 Ranch a block away because I knew the layout of the store and figured one Asian market would be similar to the next. Guess I was wrong.

The bread sounds good, I would definitely give that a go. Pocari Sweat is a new one on me, never heard of it. Had to look it up. The curry will have to wait until the next time my wife goes out of town. I get yelled at for bringing curry, kimchi, or canned/cured fish products into the house. I am a huge fan of curry though. Northern/southern Indian, Thai, Chinese, Japanese, it doesn't matter, I love it all. There used to be an Indian joint next door to Mitsuwa that served a pretty decent (although dialed down for the American audience) vindaloo.

Nigori is wonderful stuff! I usually shop for it at Total Wine because they carry a variety but I'm always happy to find one I haven't had before. I'm making sesame crusted blackfin tonight so a nice bottle may be in order!

Thanks for the suggestions! I will have to drop by and check them out. The sashimi ready blocks are exactly what I'm looking for. I don't have another trip scheduled until May and my freezer stock is down to blackfin loins and an unfortunate blacktip shark who made the mistake of biting on a day when I wanted fresh fish and didn't have anything else in the cooler. My 5 year old loves grilled shark tacos so its a regular feature around here.
 

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Well this is embarrassing. The name Mitsuwa didn't ring any bells when you first mentioned it. After I looked at the map it hit me. For 3 years my office parking lot bordered the Mitsuwa parking lot! I ate lunch about 4 days a week in the different joints to the left and right of Mitsuwa. I never bought my groceries there though, I always went to 99 Ranch a block away because I knew the layout of the store and figured one Asian market would be similar to the next. Guess I was wrong.
That is pretty funny, so close, yet so far. lol.
Mitsuwa has a nice food court, you would have been
eating lunch there half the time.
This is how the fish is sold at mitsuwa for sushi/sashimi.
Also found a video of your mitsuwa on youtube, couple of them actually there.

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DAISO
This is another Japanese chain, but for dry goods,
you have one in the area. It is more like a more upscale
$1 dollar store. Most items are in the $1.50- $5 range.
Good place to pick up kitchen related items for lower price
than in Mitsuwa. Japanese make lots of gadgets and tools
for use in the kitchen, check out that section in mitsuwa.

JUSCO
Asian Market like Ranch 99,
mainly chinese and south east asian supplies,
a friend of mine shops there, likes it better than the ranch 99.

Familiar with Lao Gan Ma ?
You can find it in ranch 99,
became popular in the US with foodies.
Food Condiment Ingredient Preserved food Sauces

Food Plant Ingredient Condiment Cuisine
 

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Nigori is wonderful stuff! I usually shop for it at Total Wine because they carry a variety but I'm always happy to find one I haven't had before. I'm making sesame crusted blackfin tonight so a nice bottle may be in order!
There is also a liquor made from Yuzu lemons,
called Yuzushu.

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If you are into beer, there will be a nice selection at Mitsuwa.
You will see all the big brands and some craft beer.
If you see Koshinhikari Echigo or Ginga Kogen they are
worthwhile ones to try.
Hitachino is also an interesting brand.

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Pocari Sweat is a new one on me, never heard of it. Had to look it up.
Pocari is the Japanese version of Gatoraide, a sports drink,
better tasting, IMO.

I suggest trying Ramune,
a Japanese soda invented in the late 1800's.
It is bottled in its original style, glass bottle that is sealed
with marble using internal pressure. You press down with plastic
cap and force marble into bottle to open and drink. Marble moves
there are back while you drink it. If you hold bottle is a certain way,
that glass marble is held in place by the internal design of the bottle,
so it doesnt roll back to the opening and cut the flow.
A favorite for kids and many adults.
All of the Asian markets mentioned will carry this item, not just Mitsuwa.
Bottle Liquid Solution Fluid Drink



If you like yogurt based drinks, YAKULT
is super popular. A drink with probiotics in a small shot form,
very interesting taste, popular with many who try.


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Along the same line, is CALPIS.
Yogurt based, not as thick as Yakult, more drink like.
Comes in original and several other flavor. Worth a try.

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You might find CLEAR COKE for sale,
available in Japan only, denied to us 3rd world Americans.
Might also spot PEACH COKE, again, the US is not worthy of this product.

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Canned Coffee
Very popular is Japan, and many of them taste really good.
Every coffee combination from Black to Latte's, Jamaican Blue Mountain,
Kona, etc. All in cans.
Many are meant to be consumed cold,
other are to be heated, some you can do both with.
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Assume you are familiar with BUBBLE TEA or BOBA Tea.
If not, add it to your list of items to try.
There will be a variety of flavors to choose from.
You can find canned versions, but best is fresh made,
probably a shop in the food court. Definitely some independent
bubble tea shops in the area as well.
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Oinarisan

You will find this in the prepared sushi section.
Your wife will probably like these, most people do.
Sushi rice stuffed into a soy bean wrapper, no fish.
It has an overall sweet taste.
You will find them for sale in 4 or 6 count trays.
Better to let them come up to room temperature before eating,
taste better if not cold.

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OKONOMIYAKI

You will find frozen version of this dish at Mitsuwa.
Most Americans are not familiar with this item,
but find it enjoyable to eat. Try the frozen version,
you can make it at home pretty easily, and there might
be a restuarant for it in your area. Popular as street food
or late night food after drinking.
The frozen one will be Osaka Style Okonomiyaki, there are two styles for this food.

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HJ, you have given me so much to explore! Thanks again. As DenisB said, great read. The spicy chili crisp is something I'm already very familiar with. That stuff goes with everything, not just Asian dishes. Put it on regular old fried chicken, its wonderful on that!
 

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interesting read,
i remember i brought on a BigE tuna trip rice, seaweed wrap, pink ginger, s&b wasabi tube and kkm soy. we prep a smaller yft and had it fresh. it was new to many of the tuna crew. the dfw tuna trips were a blast.
 

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Wasabi requires a specific range of environmental conditions to grow.
Cool, but not freezing cold weather and lots of cool water at a certain PH range.
Not available in my area, and too expensive to replicate indoors/greenhouse to be
commercially viable.

The right area is Pacific Northwest, Washington state and Oregon.
There are 10 or so wasabi farms in that area, mostly small scale ones.
Also a couple in British Columbia in coastal areas.
A good friend of mine grows wasabi, successfully. Here in San Jose. It's pretty cool... ;-)
 
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