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Friday, September 29, 2006

Tokyo Mart, Northbridge

toothpick holders
Toothpick holders

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 supermarket aisle
Tokyo Mart: Japanese grocery heaven


koshihikari rice
Koshihikari Japanese-style rice

turning slicer
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
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.

Tokyo Mart
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
5 comments - Add some comment love

posted by Anonymous on 9/29/2006 11:26:00 pm


  • At 9/30/2006 5:38 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Ohaiyo Helen-san, Does Tokyo Mart stock any ready-to-go/eat goodies like most other Asian/Oriental supermart/minimarts? Can't be bothered to trek across the bridge otherwise!

  • At 10/01/2006 8:44 am, Blogger Reb said…

    Oh YAY! an omlette pan. I'm over there to get one!

  • At 10/01/2006 1:38 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    How much was that 10KG bag of rice?

  • At 10/01/2006 5:08 pm, Blogger Rachel said…

    I shoold read your site more regularly since I am a fan of your photos as well as the variety of places you visit. It really makes me feel so fortunate that I am living close to Sydney, and proud that though I may be living the other side of the Blue Mountains now, I was, and still consider myself to be a Sydney-sider (as opposed to grey melbourne).

    Thanks for bringing the new and interesting cultural and food wise to my living room. It certainly can make planing what to do on our next trip there more interesting. I hope that there are some travel sites out there linked to you!

    All your recent posts are extremely exciting. Thanks for putting the effort and time into your site Helen :)

  • At 1/27/2009 4:51 pm, Blogger Deez Nuuts said…

    I wish they were open later. Its hard to get there by 5:30 if you work until 5pm.


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