Japanese grocery stores in Asia (other than Japan)

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

I only spent a few weeks in KL (visiting my Dad who lives there), so I doubt this is a very comprehensive list. Also somewhat biased being from London - obviously to me it seemed incredibly cheap, with a lot more variety and hard-to-find things like sashimi-quality fish.

Isetan
The grocery section of this Japanese department store made me very happy! Fantastic selection of fresh produce, big range of everything. I spent about an hour in there just wandering around happily, you don’t get Japanese shops like this in London! Lots of ready-made sushi, sashimi and bento, a fresh fish section to die for, good quality veg, fruit and herbs, more pantry items than I imagined in my wildest dreams, plus aisles of Korean, Malaysian, Thai etc. stuff. There needs to be an Isetan in London! (Preferably with Malaysian prices, hah, but even at London prices it would kick the ass of anything we have here). It is not cheap for Malaysia but I felt like I got what I paid for.

Isetan KL

Suria KLCC
Kuala Lumpur City Centre
50088 Kuala Lumpur
Tel : 2382 7777
Fax : 2382 6666

Lot 10
50 Jalan Sultan Ismail
50250 Kuala Lumpur
Tel : 2141 7777
Fax : 2148 7777

Village Grocer
Nice supermarket with a small range of Japanese stuff, a very good fruit and veg section and a great fish counter (no sushi/sashimi grade fish but good value and variety and super fresh for the barbecue).

Bangsar Village Shopping Complex
No. 1, Jalan Telawi Satu
Bangsar Baru,
59100 Kuala Lumpur

Cold Storage
These shops are all over KL, and apparently in Singapore too. Good range of dry goods (Japanese), abysmal fish (at least in the 3 or 4 I visited - so bad I actually chucked some fish I got there in the bin - that will teach me to buy shrink-wrapped fish I guess), veg selection is ok but not cheap and most of it looked tired. If I hadn’t been to several branches over the month I would feel like I was being unfair, as it is I was deeply unimpressed, especially compared to Isetan and the Village Grocer. Some branches have readymade sushi and bento which is OK, but not great. In general it is overpriced, you will get better and cheaper fresh produce at the markets, and better if not cheaper at Isetan or Village Grocer. Can’t find the website or addresses but go to a shopping center in KL and there will likely be a Cold Storage.

Alice | 26 January, 2008 - 06:50

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Awesome list! I’ve been to these stores before and they’re great!
I’m from Malaysia [Kuala Lumpur to be exact] but I’m currently living in Australia and when I was still back in Malaysia I usually go to a particular store to get my japanese food ingredients. So anyway, here it is…

Jusco
Basically it was the nearest store from my home to get japanese food, and it’s a pretty well known store in Malaysia known for it’s variety of discounts. They’re many branches throughout Malaysia and the address of this particular branch I’ll provide is located in Kuala Lumpur so it’s all easy shopping near the city.

In Jusco [aka Jaya Jusco] it’s like a grocery store with a bakery, fruits section and so on, and particularly there’s a whole section of Japanese FOOD!! Depending on the branch, there’s usually a whole section of imported and local ingredients used for Japanese food [Asian food are in another section so don’t get confused], and most Jusco branches usually would have a sushi section where you can buy sushi, spicy raddish sauce [Wasabi in japanese, but I’m not how to put it in english], fish roe or also known as fish egg [Tobiko in japanese], raw and frozen fish like salmon, shishamo and even squid imported from Japan!

I haven’t been to all of the branches yet, but the particular branch that I go to in KL not only has the sushi section and the ingredients section. It also has a section where you can buy japanese food freshly cooked and ready to eat. Some examples include tempura prawns, soft shell crab [Used to have it but I don’t think they have anymore], japanese style salads, garlic rice, japanese eel [Unagi in Japanese] and many more to look for, so I pretty much could get most of my japanese food.

What I particularly like about Jusco is that the prices are relatively cheap, compared to Isetan. Probably at Jusco KL, it’s slightly further away from the city thus the groceries are cheaper. Also there’s a wide range of japanese food, and also the opportunity to try out Malaysian-Japanese food ready to eat, unfortunately not all branches have this

So, on to the Jusco branch, and here’s the details below. This branch has pretty everything that I mentioned above. My best store to go to shop Japanese food in Kuala Lumpur. Have fun shopping!

JUSCO [Mid Valley Megamall, Kuala Lumpur]
Address -
JUSCO Mid Valley
Unit AT3 Mid Valley Megamall
Mid Valley City
Lingkaran Syed Putra
59200 Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia

Phone -
03 22844800

Operating Hours -
Most stores in Malaysia are open till late night, usually on average stores close from 9.30pm - 10pm onwards, so there’s loads of time to go. In some big sales that happened in Jusco Mid Valley before, it was open till the next day at 12am!! XD

Janice | 28 February, 2008 - 05:08

Singapore

Meidi-Ya Supermarket
177 River Valley Road #B1-50
Liang Court Shopping Centre
Singapore 179030
Tel: (65) 6339 1111
Business Hours: 10:00 am ~ 10:00 pm (daily)
Website: www.meidi-ya.com.sg

Online shopping available, but for home delivery within Singapore or delivery to your destinated accommodation (hotel/motel…) in Singapore during your visits or at the Changi International Airport. I once had a Japanese colleague working in Thailand who used to order from this supermarket and got his order packed and delivered to the airport just before he left the country.

Isentan Scotts
350 Orchard Road
Shaw House
Singapore 238868
Tel: (65) 6733 1111
Business Hours: 10:00 am ~ 9.30 pm (daily)
Website: www.isetan.com.sg

Check out the supermarket at the basement.

Takashimaya
391 Orchard Road
Singapore 238873
Tel: (65) 6738 1111
Business Hours: 10:00 am ~ 9:30 pm (daily)
Website: www.takashimaya-sin.com

Check out the supermarket at the basement.

Jaslene | 27 January, 2008 - 23:30

Japanese Grocery Stores...

Greetings!
I am the owner of an online Japanese Market,
Sushi & Japanese Market
http://sushiandjapanesemarket.com
We sell Japanese kitchenware and tableware, Japanese gourmet foods, sushi supplies and equipment and Japanese decor.
We ship internationally, and would love to welcome you and your readers to stop by sometime.
I am always available for any questions, and have often been able to hunt down unusual and hard to find Japanese items for my customers, so contact me if you need something specific, I am happy to help.
Thank You,
Have a Great Day!
Georgia Yomochi
Sushi and Japanese Market

Georgia | 27 January, 2008 - 23:50

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Please let me know how to access or visit your store.
Are you still working? As we visited on indicated web site, it was unable to connect.
Please SMS to me 012-227-8712
Thanks

William Gwak | 1 November, 2010 - 13:30

Re: Japanese Grocery Stores...

I want to buy purple sweet potato in england, but cannot find it anywhere.

mala | 31 July, 2011 - 00:22

Daiso

In Singapore

Name : Singapore IMM shop
Address : 2 Jurong East Street 21 #0385 IMM Building 609601
Floor area : 30,100ft2(2,800m2)
Opened : 23 March 2002

Name : PLAZA SINGAPURA
Address : 68 Orchard Road, Plaza Singapura,Singapore 238839
Floor area : 7,300ft2(700m2)
Opened : 18 September 2006

Name : VIVO CITY
Address : No.1 Harbour front walk #03-0616A106B
Floor area : 12,200ft2(1,130m2)
Opened : 1 December 2006

In Malaysia

Name : Kota Kinabalu
Address : Unit No S-101a, 2nd Flr,1 Borneo Hypermall, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah,Malaysia.
Floor area : 6,889ft2(640m2)
Opened : 7 June 2008

In Vietnam

Name : Moc Bai
Address : K21-22 Hiep Thanh Trading Zone,Moc Bai Border Gate Economy Zone,Ben Cau Dist, Tay Ninh Provine.
Floor area : 14,230ft2(1,322m2)
Opened : 24 May 2008

More store locations in various countries at http://www.daiso-sangyo.co.jp/english/storeinfo/storeinfo03.html

Mel | 24 June, 2008 - 15:52

Re: Japanese grocery stores in Asia (other than Japan)

Does anyone know of any stores that carry POM Orange Juice? I loved this product when I lived in Japan, but haven't had any luck finding it throughout the rest of Asia. It is made by Ehime and is everywhere in Japan.

Thanks,
Anon

Anon | 17 March, 2009 - 22:25

Re: Japanese grocery stores in Asia (other than Japan)

hi!
i live in beijing, china.
except ito yokato shop or sanyuanli market, i do not know
where to buy goods at good price.
if you guys have some other recommandations; please let me
know!
thank you all very much!

mayi | 5 May, 2009 - 14:00

Re: Japanese grocery stores in Asia (other than Japan)

Klang Valley, Malaysia.

Konichiwa! I provide personal delivery of frozen sanma (サンマ/秋刀魚/Pacific Saury/Mackerel Pike) imported from Japan to your house/office. Perfect for grilling to celebrate autumn festival. Please contact me if you are staying in Kuala Lumpur or within Selangor state, Malaysia.

016-3626290
stormrider_boon [at] yahoo [dot] com

anon. | 15 May, 2009 - 18:22

Re: Japanese grocery stores in Asia (other than Japan)

HI. i have space for rental for japanese products on a short term basis commencing Dec 2011 till June 2011. Anyone interested to sell and market their product in a prime shopping centre, pls call me at 012-3772800

Rebecca Phan | 4 November, 2011 - 04:28

Re: Japanese grocery stores in Asia (other than Japan)

I'm seeing some Japanese grocery stores around here (Quezon City, Philippines) lately, but I haven't gone into any of them. I'll post some info once I've had the time to go around. =]

Odie | 4 January, 2010 - 10:42

Angeles City, Philippines

SAIZEN (Daiso)

This is a hyaku-en where everything in the shop is selling for PHP85 only. I heard there is also one in Ortigas, Manila but the one that I visited was in Angeles City, Pampanga.

Marquee Mall 3rd floor
NLEX, Angeles City, Pampanga, Philippines.

It's a delight!

Rosalynn | 28 March, 2010 - 10:25

Re: Japanese grocery stores in Manila, Philippines

Choto Stop
277 Chino Roces Ave. (Pasong Tamo),
San Lorenzo Village Makati City Philippines
Telephone No. +632 759-5560

- Japanese Grocery (japanese condiments, tea, mixes, snacks, ramen, kitchen gadgets, waffle ice cream, soy milk, cold and frozen food, snacks, etc.)
- Fresh Vegetables flown in from japan weekly
- Small restaurant at the back serves bento boxes, ramen, etc.
- You can read manga, japanese newspapers and magazines or watch japanese shows on dvd while waiting for your food.

Located in a place called Little Tokyo in Pasong Tamo (now named Chino Roces St.) Makati. Choto Stop is right beside Kikufuji and Shinjuku Japanese Restaurants.

anon. | 24 April, 2010 - 19:23

Re: Japanese grocery stores in Asia (other than Japan)

hey guys do you know where in malaysia i can get the TATAMI floor??

baz | 7 June, 2010 - 18:40

Nattokinase

Hi, does anyone know where in KL can I buy Nattokinase? It is also known as Natto. It is Japanese Fermented Soya beans. Phone contact of shop or supplier will be helpful.Thank you.

nicholas | 17 August, 2010 - 23:48

Asian stores that can be found in Quezon City, Philippines

Hi there. Where can I buy ingredients for the following cuisines:

Thai
Vietnamese
Indian

Thanks :)

Rina | 23 February, 2011 - 12:09

Looking for Umeboshi

I live in Indonesia and I do go to Singapore often....where can I find this product? I am willing to order it from anywhere...

Eve Goodmon | 28 July, 2011 - 07:39

Re: Looking for Umeboshi

Here is a really good selection of artisanal Umeboshi. First the blog entry will give you a great overview on the different types of umeboshi.
http://nihon-ichiban.com/2012/05/25/umeboshi梅干/

This link is for a shop that offers world-wide shipping for high quality umeboshi:
http://www.ANYTHING-FROM-JAPAN.COM/japanese-pickles-s/1827.htm

I hope it helps.

Nicolas | 17 June, 2012 - 05:47

thai grocery in manila, paranaque, makati or south area.

im looking for a thai grocery store in the south.. or north if there is.. i hope you could help me with this.. thanks!

thai food lover | 15 September, 2011 - 20:56

Re: Japanese grocery stores in Asia (other than Japan)

Hi,
I live in Beijing and am desperately looking for Maitake mushrooms. Anyone know where I can find some in or near Chaoyang? Thanks!

Da DaWei | 30 November, 2011 - 14:30

Re: Japanese grocery stores in Asia (other than Japan)

Hi all,
i'm in malaysia. i'm wondering where i can get bourbon choco & coffee biscuits here? few years back i still saw it in hypermarket. but, now there is none. please help if you know.

thanx!

des | 6 December, 2011 - 06:27

Re: Japanese grocery stores in Asia (other than Japan)

Where can I buy Heavy Duty Plastic 10 piece Nigiri Sushi Mold and Heavy Duty Plastic Battera Sushi Mold (Kanto Oshigata Battera Plastic) in Kuala Lumpur or Pulau Pinang

Ben | 1 January, 2013 - 14:30

Re: Japanese grocery stores in Asia (other than Japan)

I wanted to recommend a store in Chicago I haven’t seen listed on here. It’s pretty small and most of it is devoted to gift items and books, however there is a decent size section of Japanese foods. If you can’t make it out to Mitsuwa, and need a basic staple this may be a good choice. Sell more Rural land

gordoneddy | 24 June, 2013 - 14:04

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Hello,

Love your blog! Can you post a recipe/ tips on how Japanese keep healthy skin- reverse-aging? Like I heard people wash with left over rice (water when we clean rice) water?

Also any specific recipes for healthy heart- high blood pressure?

It would be so helpful, thank you!

mia | 25 June, 2013 - 02:51

Re: Japanese grocery stores in Asia (other than Japan)

It's been a long time since anyone mentioned Beijing here. Can any readers suggest places to get general Japanese groceries in. Beijing? I live in a smaller city in China a do. oh come here occasionally. thanks

anon. | 14 February, 2014 - 02:51

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