Where do you buy your Eastern Asian cuisine ingredients?

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I'm looking to buy a few ingredients that constitute Japanese dishes. Namely, miso soup mix, seaweed, tofu and their sticky rice. Where do you buy yours? Do you know if our local supermarkets (i.e. Sainsburys, Tesco etc) stock these ingredients? Is there a supermarket name that specialises in such a market? Preferably something local and thus convenient.

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Sainsbury's and Tesco has limited supplies but your best bet is with an Asian super market
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what are you trying to cook? i like cooked japanese food. dont waitrose sell them?
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Hello : ),
I'm looking to buy a few ingredients that constitute Japanese dishes. Namely, miso soup mix, seaweed, tofu and their sticky rice. Where do you buy yours? Do you know if our local supermarkets (i.e. Sainsburys, Tesco etc) stock these ingredients? Is there a supermarket name that specialises in such a market? Preferably something local and thus convenient.

Thanks in advance!


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If you are near Bristol, try this place called Wai Yee Hong. They have absolutely everything you would need for any kind of oriental cuisines and is among the best oriental grocery shops in Europe.

They do delivery as well.

Might be better to go to an oriental grocery shop rather than one of the big supermarkets You won't regret it...... speaking from experience.
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what are you trying to cook? i like cooked japanese food. dont waitrose sell them?
Authenticity and hand-made. No Waitrose does not supply the ingredients.

I'm sure the OP is not talking about ready made here!

OP true the corner stores owned by the South Asians they sell so-called "ethnic foods".

Or a Chinese stores aka Oriental stores if you have one in your area. They'll have most East and South-East Asian foods.


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Authenticity and hand-made. No Waitrose does not supply the ingredients.

I'm sure the OP is not talking about ready made here!

OP true the corner stores owned by the South Asians they sell so-called "ethnic foods".

Or a Chinese stores aka Oriental stores if you have one in your area. They'll have most East and South-East Asian foods.


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Hello : ),
I'm looking to buy a few ingredients that constitute Japanese dishes. Namely, miso soup mix, seaweed, tofu and their sticky rice. Where do you buy yours? Do you know if our local supermarkets (i.e. Sainsburys, Tesco etc) stock these ingredients? Is there a supermarket name that specialises in such a market? Preferably something local and thus convenient.

Thanks in advance!
A large Tesco or Sainsbury's will stock the ingredients you're after.

There's often a "world foods" section and I have definitely bought sushi rice, nori seaweed, miso sachets and other ingredients (wasabi, pickled ginger) there. I think they also have sushi rolling mats.

For tofu, you can get Cauldron tofu in the fresh vegetarian section (where you find Quorn products, etc.)

For a wider selection of ingredients you're better to find your local Asian supermarket. Any city will have one and some medium-sized towns as well. Some of the ingredients will be considerably cheaper there (certainly I got a big pack of tofu much cheaper than the Cauldron stuff in Tesco) and you can get loads of Chinese and other Asian ingredients.
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I'd second the idea about finding a Chinese/Far Eastern specialist supermarket - most large towns have at least one. In my experience, they'll have a much better choice, including genuinely authentic ingredients, will be cheaper and will often be happy to give you advice on which items are best for your needs.
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