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Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Tokyo Mart, Northbridge

As you know, nothing excites AG more than the sight of a hitherto unexplored supermarket.

With the memory of the Tokyo Mart crew at the Good Food Show still fresh in the mind, we made a lazy detour to Northbridge after our visit to the Northside Produce Market.


Oh doesn't the entrance just scream "Irrashaimase!" (welcome) in a high-pitched female Japanese giggle?


Just inside the store, my eye is immediately caught by these greeting cards, a sight I haven't seen since my Japan trip last year.


The obento boxes are also sighed over with wistfulness


Miso soup bowls


Sushi fish (usually filled with soy sauce)! These were only 8c each, I think.


Tanuki (raccoon dog) statue.

The tanuki is actually a breed of dog native to Japan, although they are often mistaken as badgers or raccoons. Embedded in Japanese folklore, tanuki are supposed to be able to change shape and/or play tricks on people.

Masquerading as humans, tanuki are often found outside restaurants and bars, and are supposed to have the same good fortune properties as maneki nekos (beckoning cats) in shops.


Check out those faced-up shelves! Not a soy sauce bottle out of place!


Oh, this pose and outfit is just so Japanese.


Miso bases


Macaroni and cheese... Japanese-style

There are aisles and aisles of goodies here. They have wagyu beef here, a freezer full of unagi and ebi, all sorts of sushi contraptions (including those giant bamboo sushi rice coolers), and plenty of crockery, noodles, soups and sauces.

The range of biscuits, chips and sweets is a little disappointing (there's a better range at Thai Kee) but the $2.50 outlet at the back has plenty of treasures including this pink lunchbox wrap. Isn't it just gorgeous?



Tokyo Mart
Shop 27, Northbridge Plaza,
79 -113 Sailors Bay Rd, Northbridge, Sydney
Tel: 02 9958 6860

Mon-Fri: 9.00am - 5.30pm
Sat: 9.00am - 5.00pm
Sun: 10.00am - 4.00pm

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posted by Helen (AugustusGloop) on 8/02/2005 11:49:00 pm


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  • At 8/03/2005 12:01 am, Blogger Rachael said…

    You sure would need a teeny-tiny funnel to fill those fish! LOL.

     
  • At 8/03/2005 2:46 am, Blogger Clare Eats said…

    I have been wanting to go here for soooooooooo long, now I am SO there!

    great pics!

     
  • At 8/03/2005 11:51 am, Blogger boo_licious said…

    Cool pixs - I absolutely love Japanese supermarkets. I am quite lucky to get them near my place as I stay in a Japanese expat area.

    I never heard or seen the tanuki before. Usually it's the fortune cat only we see around here.

     
  • At 8/03/2005 12:06 pm, Blogger Cathy said…

    I have not yet worked up the nerve to take pictures in a grocery store. I've thought about it, but I'm such a chicken. Do you get any looks or does everyone just take it in stride? Anyway, you did get some great photos - and I love getting a look at an interesting grocery store!

     
  • At 8/03/2005 12:18 pm, Blogger deborah said…

    I love Tokyo Mart! The lunch bag looks so cute :)

    I rally miss visiting supermarkets overseas - I think I spend way too much of my travel time in them when in a new country :)

     
  • At 8/03/2005 12:52 pm, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi Rachael - I know! I figure they must use syringes but how painful would that be?!?

    Hi Clare Eats - Go! And take your camera (of course!)

    Hi boo licious - Yeah, Japanese supermarkets are great. I wish some of the packages had more English on them though! =)

    I actually found out about tanuki via the Internet. They do look so very Japanese!

    Hi Cathy - I tend to be discreet, without being secretive =)

    Glad you enjoyed the photos. I agree. Overseas groceries are always fascinating!

    Hi Saffron - The lunch bag was gorgeous. I was almost tempted to buy it! =)

    No I don't think supermarket tourism is a waste of time at all. It's amazing what you can learn about a culture by what they eat (or at least, that's my justification for overseas gluttony - lol).

     
  • At 8/03/2005 8:49 pm, Blogger pseudo chef said…

    Tokyo Mart will be one of the places on "to visit" list when we visit Sydney hopefully next year ;)

    Jeannie

     
  • At 8/04/2005 12:04 am, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi Pseduo Chef - Don't forget the Fish Markets!

    And maybe Tetsuya's if the budget will allow (you only live once!).

     
  • At 8/04/2005 6:59 am, Anonymous big bok said…

    I'm green.. AG..!!

     
  • At 8/04/2005 9:55 pm, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi big bok - =)

     
  • At 7/25/2006 5:55 pm, Anonymous VT said…

    Hello, Great Blog!
    Was just wondering if you know how to get to the Tokyo Mart if you are not blessed with having a car? Thanks in advance, I really enjoy reading your blog:)
    VT

     
  • At 7/26/2006 1:38 am, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi VT - Check out WhereIs.Com and 131 500 for street map and public transport info.

     
  • At 8/23/2006 10:36 am, Anonymous Luke said…

    To fill the fish: Remove cap,, squeeze out air, put tip in bowl of soy, relax grip on fish, put lid back on.
    Squeezing the air out will make a vacuum realeasing sucks the soy into the vacuum.
    Of to Tokyo Mart next Monday, woohoo.

     
  • At 8/23/2006 10:37 pm, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi Luke - I have tried that before I'm sure, but they only ever seemed to get 1/2 full. It must be in the wrist =)

    Enjoy Tokyo Mart. The back area on the raised platform has an eclectic mix of homewares. Much of it is akin to 100yen shop prices too. Woohoo!

     
  • At 11/17/2007 5:31 pm, Anonymous Shin said…

    HI HI~!!

    WOW i wud love to go to Tokyo Mart... although.. i dunno how to get there... i live all the way in Campbelltown (SOO FAR)... can u tell me how i can get there? like what where to stop on the train and where to take the bus and stop at, please? thanks in advance.. =D

    i have been to AGL Thai Kee... i love it there always get drink there like carupisu and ramune =D

    im tempted to go again ^^

     
  • At 11/18/2007 11:13 pm, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi Shin - I've never gone there by public transport however if you check the 131 500 website, it will tell you exactly which public transport to take from Campbelltown. I've had a quick look at it seems the best way is a train to Wynyard, and then a bus to Neutral Bay. Happy shopping!

     
  • At 3/09/2009 5:58 pm, Anonymous Lucas said…

    The way to go if you want to avoid buses is to walk from Artarmon station - but be warned it is a decent walk. Took me about 30-40 mins from the station to the plaza. I was a little disappointed with the store - was hoping for more hardware than was available (particularly a rectangular frying pan for tamago yaki!) and was expecting something bigger. I think that you can almost get all the stuff at the chinatown IGA - but the freezer at Tokyo mart made up for it. I bought some wagyu which was perfect for some niku jaga and some products for oden. My next challenge - and perhaps you can guide me here Helen, is to find a supplier of a wide range of shochu. I might email you about that...

     
  • At 3/09/2009 9:20 pm, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi Lucas - Last time we were there I was sure they had tamago pans for sale, but good on you for doing the walk. If there's one thing I will walk for it's food and kitchenware :)

    As for shochu, I can't say I look out for it so I'm not sure where you'd find it. Perhaps you could try liquor shops in Chinatown or areas with Japanese ex-pats?

     
  • At 6/13/2009 5:32 pm, Blogger Darikuri said…

    I feel very lucky! I only have to walk up the hill from the old Northbridge and I'm there! I bought some authentic okonomiyaki sauce, pork belly, and kewpie mayonnaise last time I was there. Will be back again soon to check if they sell those takoyaki hotplates! Fingers crossed...

     
  • At 6/14/2009 9:49 pm, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi Darikuri - Lucky indeed! I love browsing Japanese grocery stores - so much fun!

     

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