A follow-up visit to Tokyo Mart, the biggest Japanese grocery shop in Sydney.
I really could spend hours, no, make that days, in here. The first ten minutes were spent in the crockery aisle, pawing ceramic bowls, delicate tea cups and a fruit salad collection of colourful chopstick rests. Then it was a meander through the kitchen section, a wander along the vertical freezers and at least fifteen minutes examining the joys of the $2 treasure trove.
Tokyo Mart: Japanese grocery heaven
Koshihikari Japanese-style rice
Benriner turning slicer $96.20
The famous turning slicer was spotted for only $96.20 (and for anyone with a really great memory, it's available at The Essential Ingredient for $130, not $300 as I originally and foolishly reported).
Suribachi Japanese mortar and pestle $37.84
Various sizes of suribachi bowls are also available. The suribachi is used to grind sesame seeds and other pastes. It's a beautifully simple earthenware bowl, glazed on the outside, with rough unglazed ridges on the inside. A wooden surikogi pestle is used to grind the sesame seeds against the ridges in a rhythmic circular motion. It's one of those kitchen tools you want to have, if only for the aesthetic pleasure of simply admiring it each time you reach into the cupboard.
Tamago pan $37.79
And look, too, a tamago pan, which several readers were desperate for after my post on making tamago.
A little bit of Tokyo. Only a little bit further than Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Shop 27, Northbridge Plaza
79 -113 Sailors Bay Rd, Northbridge, Sydney
Tel: +61 (02) 9958 6860
Mon-Fri: 9.00am - 5.30pm
Sat: 9.00am - 5.00pm
Sun: 10.00am - 4.00pm
Related GrabYourFork posts:
Tokyo Mart (August 2005)
Kitchen gadgets: Benriner turning slicer
In the kitchen: Making tamago
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