June 2, 2017
When I came to Norway for the first time in 1986, I remember I did not find so many Asian grocery stores as we find now. After more than 30 years, we have some good ones in Oslo area and they carry also some Japanese food. Although the selection is limited in these stores, I wanted to make a list of things I buy from them and I hope this information will be helpful for you to make your shopping list for Japanese cooking. For those who live outside Oslo or far from Oslo, I recommend you to call them in advance before you make a trip to visit these stores just to make sure they will be open and they have the specific food item that you like to buy.
This list was made yesterday on June 1, 2017 and the photos of the shops were also taken yesterday when I went to these 5 stores and checked that they had these items. I also had a chance to speak with some of the store managers and I wrote a short summery of each conversation. As you know they may stop selling the product by different reasons and it is a typical and well known tendency in these Asian grocery stores. One of the store managers said to me when I asked about one product which I could no longer find on their store shelf: He said it will be coming back soon, they were having some problems to bring it in Norway from the Netherlands and it has been taking time. We need to understand that these Japanese/Asian products are all imported through a couple or several wholesalers and the distribution channel can get jammed. Even if you did not find the item in the described store, please do not get upset and I hope you will try again. It may be just delayed in delivery.
To you who came to this list through the Japan-Norway Society’s Facebook group and my comment about fresh Shiso leaves used at my last cooking course, welcome to my blog. I wrote about it under the shop “Maschmanns Matmarked” (the 3rd shop on the list), it is a summery of my talk with the store manager yesterday. I also added information about fresh Red Shiso sprout. There is a photo of this wonderful sprout, so please look at it if you have never seen it before.
The name of the shop and its address are placed on top and the products I buy from them are followed. Some products are linked to photo image so that you can see how it looks like. Just click on that, you will jump to the photo. I hope it will be helpful for you to find the item in the store which is full of so unfamiliar and exotic products.
This blog post is not sponsored by any of the following stores by any means.
If you have any question, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Enjoy the list!!
(PS… the list was revised today Saturday June 3, 2017 and I added more photos on Sunday June 4, 2017)
1 Scan Asia (Address: Storgata 27, 0184 Oslo)
– Japanese type short grain Rice (Yumenishiki)
– Kinugoshi Tofu made in Japan
– Deep fried Tofu (Atsuage)
– Bean Thread Noodles (Harusame)
– Black Bean Garlic Sauce (to replace with Tochijan)
– Chili Garlic Sauce (to replace with Tobanjan)
– Kochujan (it is a spicy type with red chili in it)
– Kikkoman soy sauce
– Shirodashi (it is Japanese stock Dashi mixed with light-colored soy sauce and Mirin)
– Sushi vinegar
– Sesame oil
– QP mayonnaise
– Bulldog Tonkatsu sauce
– Dashi powder mix
– Japanese curry roux mix (Golden Curry)
– Young ginger (milder and less fiber than regular ginger)
– Shimeji mushrooms
– Shiitake mushrooms, Donko type (thicker and rounder)
– Enoki mushrooms
– Chinese chives (Nira)
– Bok Choy (Chingensai)
– Taro potato (Satoimo)
– Yam (Yamaimo)
– Frozen Natto
– Frozen Spring Roll Wrap
– Frozen Gyoza Skin from Happy Belly
– Pork ribs, Chinese cut
– Quail eggs (Uzurano tamago)
– Dry Soba Noodles
– Dry Somen Noodles
– Dry Kelp (Kombu)
2 Nor Dagligvarer Import (Address: Storgata 34B, 0182 Oslo)
– Japanese-type of cucumber
– Japanese-type of spinach with red stem end (Akajiku Horenso)
– Fresh ginger
– Fresh Italian parsley
– Fresh chives (to replace with Japanese Konegi)
– Organic Red Kidney beans (Kintokimame)
– Red Cow peas (Azuki beans)
3 Maschmanns Matmarked (Address: Karenslyst allé 51, 0279 Oslo)
– Fresh Shiso leaves and Red Shiso sprout * see Note 1
– Shiso furikake
– Japanese Panko
– Itacho Miso (Shiro Miso for professional use)
– Frozen Ramen Noodles
– Sashimi package for Temaki Sushi (Tuna and Salmon)
– Japanese Rice Vinegar and Japanese Kokumotsu Vinegar (less than 40% rice in ingredients) * see Note 2
Note 1: Fresh Shiso leaves and Red Shiso sprout can be ordered.
1 pack of fresh shiso leaves costs 89 kroner. As you know they
are very delicate leaf product and can not keep them out in the
store so long. If you happen to be in this store and did not
see Shiso leaves, please ask if they have it in the back kitchen.
They may be kept in the fridge to keep the fresh quality.
Note 2 : These vinegars are wonderful. Right now they are out of stock.
The store manager said they will be back soon.
4 Sunkost in Gunerius Shopping Center (Address: Storgata 32, 0184 Oslo)
– Organic Tamari Soy sauce
– Organic Soy sauce
– Barley Miso (Mugi Miso)
They are very expensive but if you really need them they are available here.
5 Leif Helios Colosseum (Address:Middelthuns gate 23, 0368 Oslo)
– Large Fresh Sunflower sprout (to replace with Kaiware Daikon sprout)
6 Skafferiet (Address:Elisenbergveien 7, 0265 Oslo)
– Jerusalem artichoke, the far left on the photo (Kikuimo)
7 Coop Mega at Bekkestua (Address: Gl. Ringeriksveien 39, 1357 Bekkestua)
– Burdock Root (Gobo in Japanese, Storborre or Storborrerot in Norwegian) * See note
Note: Please call and ask first. They do not have Gobo always.
Email : bekkestua.mega(a)coop.no
– Japanese Sake (I use Gekkeikan for cooking)
– Japanese Umeshu
– Yuzu shu (sweet liquor with Yuzu)
– Japanese beer
9 Online Store Kinsarvik Naturkost
– Organic Japanese Tofu from Japan
This store has many interesting Japanese food items:
– Umeboshi paste
– Matcha green tea
– Rice crackers Teriyaki Sesame
– Rice crackers Tamari Garlic
– Amazake dessert
– Oolong tea teabags
– Genmai tea
10 Obento (Address: Bernt Ankers gate 4, 0183 Oslo)
Tlf: 22 60 40 54
This is Nihei-san’ store (who owned Japan Torget before)
– Matcha Fine Tea Powder
– Japanese rice
– Instant Ramen
– Frozen sweets like Daifuku, Dorayaki
– Soy sauce
– Japanese seasonings
– Rice Crackers
Thinly sliced beef for some Japanese dishes like Sukiyaki and Shabu Shabu
Here I want to show you how I cut beef for Sukiyaki and Shabu Shabu:
(I really recommend you to buy a slicer like this. When you are in Germany, get one, they have the best home-use small meat slicer)
I buy a big piece of Entrecote and freeze it for 4-5 hours.
Before you slice it, take it out of the freezer and leave in your kitchen for 1-2 hours.
Enjoy your Japanese cooking!