(The survey is now closed. Thank you for everyone who took the time to comment/answer!)
In connection with a project I’m working on at the moment, I’d like to take a short 5-question survey of Just Bento and Just Hungry readers.
I assume you are here because you have at least some interest in Japanese food and cooking. My questions are as follows.
1. How easy is it for you to get Japanese ingredients without having to resort to extraordinary measures?
By ‘extraordinary’, I mean things like:
2. Can you get Japanese ingredients locally, and if so, where?
Regular (non-Asian) supermarket? Asian market? Health food/natural food store? Somewhere else?
3. What kinds of things can you get easily and locally?
For instance, where I am now (southern France) I’ve seen that things like soy sauce, nori, sushi rice, rice vinegar etc. are available at regular supermarkets. Fresh fish is a problem, though I did find a small fishmonger that has really fresh fish. What can you (and do you) get easily locally?
4. Does the unavailability of ingredients that are mentioned in Japanese cookbooks or websites deter you from trying a recipe?
5. Where do you live?
Please tell me your location (city/country - I don’t need your exact address ^_^), so I can get a good idea of what is available where and so on.
So, to repeat, here are the five questions:
Thank you so much! Your answers will be very helpful to me.