Where to find Japanese Snacks

Japanese Snacks – where to find them locally & online

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This was a post created by members of HAC originally on Posted Nov 17, 2009 1:20 PM on their meetup website.

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Where have you guys been able to find them locally?

There are actually a few good stores around the area. Here is a list complied by locals to help you find snacks locally.  Many are from international stores which have a mix of Chinese, Korean, Japanese, India, Mexican, and more in them.  Some are just strictly Japanese.

  • Hampton:
    Asian Food Market – 1926 North Armistead Avenue, (757) 825-0620
    Oriental Market – 1123 North King Street, (757) 723-3003

  • Newport News:
    Asia Grocery – 6139 Jefferson Avenue, (757) 826-9553
    ~ E-Mart International Food and Gift – 13276 Warwick Blvd,  (757) 833-0727 – a wide variety of culture of foods and merchandise like rice cookers, sake sets, and more
    ~ Bread Garden – 13282 Warwick Blvd, (757) 988-0450 – this is a Korean bakery next door to E-Mart that has some croquettes, castilla bread, rice twist doughnuts, cookies, cake, and more
    ~World Market – 12129 Jefferson Ave  Newport News, VA 23602, (757) 885-6580
    ~ Far Eastern Food Store – 340 Oriana Road Suite E, (757) 874-9417
    ~ Jung Hah Oriental Market – 13310 Warwick Boulevard, (757) 872-8781
    ~ Mekong International Food – 13754 Warwick Boulevard Suite B, (757) 833-6673

 

  • Norfolk:
    Tokyo Market moved from Granby St to Yorktown on George Washington Memorial Hwy.

 

  • Portsmouth:

 

  • Suffolk:

 

  • Williamsburg:

 

  • York County/Yorktown:
    Tokyo Market / Tokyo Market Bliss – 1215-J George Washington Memorial Hwy  Yorktown, VA 23693, (757) 583-2898
    – In the shopping center where County Grille is right past the Newport News line in York County there in the Kiln Creek Shopping Center. – They’ve got a lot of trinkets and pottery items such as tea sets, saki sets, and dishes. Few snacks. Mochi & Green Tea ice creams, Dangos, Curry, and more. Use to be on Granby St in Norfolk.

 

  • Virginia Beach: (there are a ton of places!)
    ~ Ichiban Japanese Grocery Store    (one of the best to go to)
    867 South Lynnhaven Road, Virginia Beach, VA
    ~ J-MART
    309 Aragona Blvd. Suite 111 Virginia Beach, VA 23462  http://www.jmartjmart.com/
    ~ Grand Mart    (this is interesting to see how fish and produce are done)
    649 Newtown Road, Virginia Beach, VA
    ~ American Asian Food Market (Junmei)
    315 North Great Neck Road, Virginia Beach, VA‎
    ~ Fortune
    4239 Holland Road, Virginia Beach, VA
    ~ Fresh World
    2029 Lynnhaven Parkway, Virginia Beach, VA
    ~ Nick’s Oriental Express Grocery
    1949 Lynhaven Parkway, Virginia Beach, VA 23456
    ~ Four Seasons Oriental Grocery
    311 South Kellam Road, Virginia Beach, VA‎
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Where have you guys found stuff online?

http://www.jbox.com/category/822. – direct from Japan! They have some wonderful prices and also killer deals on cosplay and all kinds of miscellaneous things. Not sure about shipping costs though, but a huge variety of Pretz, Pockey, and the new hard ‘candy drops’ that are flavored after different dishes like ramen noodle dishes and octopus and much more. I’m a bit nervous to try these food drops.

http://www.candywarehouse.com/candy-type/asian-candy/ – this website is for a company in the USA out of California.  They carry some Japanese candies.

http://www.napajapan.com/ – this website carries the weird flavors of doritos, pretz, and other snacks & candies.

http://www.asianfoodgrocer.com/ – this website carries snacks as well as some other novelty things.

http://www.amazon.com/Japanese-Classic-Candy-Cookies-3-5oz/dp/B000IZGBW8 – Amazon.com

http://www.candysan.com/ – this website is not well known

http://www.wizzywig.com/xcart/ – they are located up in Michigan and do travel around to the cons, mainly Nekocon. They have some awesome pricing, but beware of high shipping costs. It’s best to put in a large order as a group to split up the cost of shipping. Their website is no longer up. They may have shut down.

http://www.asiansnacktime.com/ – this company also shows up to cons like AUSA and Katsucon. Their website is no longer up. They may have shut down.

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Tea

Looking for some loose tea? Wanting some green tea or oolong?  Need a teapot or loose tea container? We’ve got some local places for you to check out.

  • Teavana – http://www.teavana.com/
    – Peninsula Town Center, 1481 Merchant Lane E-101, Hampton, Virginia 23666 – (757) 826.3841
    – MacArthur Center, 300 Monicello Ave. #215, Norfolk, Virginia 23510 – (757) 622.3860
  • Discovery Tea – http://www.discoverteas.com/
    -2170 William Styron Square Newport News, VA 23606 (Port Warwick) – 757-320-4033
    -1915 Pocahontas Trl, E-4 Williamsburg, VA 23185 (Village Shops at Kingsmill) – 757-847-5190
  • Quintin’s Tea – http://quintinstea.com/
    – 3101 Virginia Beach Blvd, Ste 107, Virginia Beach, VA – (757) 340-0235

 

New to teas or confused by all the different kinds?  This may help, http://www.tealaden.com/teaweb/teatypes.htm

 

  • White tea is the least processed tea.  The leaves are picked early in the year while the tiny white hairs are still visible on the leaves and the bud is still closed. Only the top leaf and a bud are picked from the plant. The leaves are then allowed to dry in the sun; they are not steamed or pan fired like green tea. If mechanical drying is required for a white tea, they are baked. This produces a light cup usually a very pale yellow with a light and lightly sweet taste.
  • Oolong tea, like black tea goes through a withering stage (wilting).  The difference is the oolong tea, goes through a shorter stage and the leaves are fired directly after that to prevent continued oxidation (fermentation.)  The leaves can range from being almost black to dark green depending on when oxidation is stopped.  The longer the leaves are oxidized the closer to black tea they will become. Formosa Oolong is an Amber Oolong with a rich amber cup that is a little toasty tasting.) Se Chung leaves are not allowed to oxidize as long, so the leaves have a dark green appearance and produce a light yellow cup with hints of sweetness.
  • Green tea is from the same plant as (Camellia sinensis.) as all other teas. After the tea leaves are plucked and sorted, they are either steamed or pan fired. Green tea does not go through the oxidation (fermentation) process. Green tea does have less caffeine than black tea. The leaves are often rolled into different shapes before drying.  Sencha tea is rolled into fine strands, while gunpowder tea leaves are rolled into pellets.  Many Chinese green teas are painstakingly shaped and tied. Once the leaves are shaped, they are dried and packaged. Green tea also has HGCG; the most powerful antioxidant known. This can only be found in green tea.
  • Black Tea – This tea goes through the most processing.  Once the leaves are picked they are left out in the sun to become slightly wilted.  The leaves are then rolled to break open their tissue.  The inner chemicals react with the air and begin to ferment.  During the fermentation, the leaves darken and change from green to red and finally to black.  After the fermenting is complete, the leaves are dried and then packaged. 

 

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Sake & Plum Wine

Sake and plum wine can be found at a few places locally.

  • Ichiban in Virginia Beach
    867 South Lynnhaven Road, Virginia Beach, VA
  • Farmer’s Market in Newport News – http://www.gamesfarmersmarket.com/
    503 Harpersville, Newport News, VA 23601 757-595-1887
  • World Market – 12129 Jefferson Ave  Newport News, VA 23602, (757) 885-6580
  • Totally Wine – http://www.totalwine.com/
    308 Oyster Point Rd, Newport News, VA 23602   (757) 249-2261
    536 W 21st St, Norfolk, VA 23517   (757) 623-6108
    1744 Laskin Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23454  (757) 428-6998
    1600 Crossways Blvd, Chesapeake, VA 23320  (757) 420-6404
  • Most of the Japanese Market stores carry different alcoholic drinks as well as well as you can purchase a single drink to try at Japanese Restaurants in the area.

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What’s the difference between filtered and unfiltered sake?
Most sake is filtered to smooth its flavor, but nigori sake is left unfiltered, with cloudy rice sediment left in the bottle. Unfiltered sake tends to be fuller and sweeter, and this sweetness makes it a good introductory sake. – Sake Types by esake.com

Confused about sake?  Here is sake 101:  http://www.columbuscrave.com/content/stories/2013/03/issue/sake-101-a-drinkers-guide-to-japanese-rice-wine.html

 

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Restaurants

Looking for some restaurants in the area that serve Japanese or Asian dishes, besides the sushi spots and habachi grills in the area?  We’ve got some local places for you to check out. Our members have compiled a list for us to add on our site for you to enjoy.

Chesapeake

  • Kagura – http://www.kagurajapanesesushi.com/
    – 237 Battlefield Blvd, Chesapeake, VA 23322
    Phone: (757) 410-9686
    Menu is available on their website. Sushi, pickled ginger, katsu (pork or chicken), yakitori, udon noodles, tempura (shrimp, vegetables), terriyaki (beef, chicken, salmon, or shrimp), edamame, tofu, gyoza, shumai, negimaki, haru maki, eel, conch, clam, mackerel, quail, snapper, tuna, shrimp, bbq squid, seaweed salad, kani salad, miso soup, mochi ice cream, etc. Use to have All You Can Eat specials, may still have it. – yelp, tripadvisor, google reviews,
  • Daikichi Sushi Bistro – http://www.welovesushi.net/
    – 1400 N Battlefield Blvd, Chesapeake, VA 23320
    Phone:(757) 549-0200
    See the photos and menu items on yelp! Ramen, sushi, tofu, lotus, tempura, edamame, chicken tatsuta, kushikatsu, chawannmushi, teriyaki, salmon, yellowtail, udon, etc. – yelp, tripadvisor, google reviews,
  • Alkaline – ?
    –  1434 Sams Drive, Chesapeake, VA
    Phone: (757) 389-5754
    – 820 Shirley Ave, Norfolk, VA 23517
    Phone:
    See the photos and menu items on yelp!  Ramen, tako (octopus), beets, grilled corn, short ribs – yelp, google reviews,

Hampton

Newport News

Norfolk

  • Kappo Nara Ramen – http://www.kapponara.com/
    – 2000 Colonial Ave #7, Norfolk, VA 23517
    Phone:(757) 622-2045
    Ramen just like in the anime! See the photos and menu items on yelp! You can get katsu curry, sakiyuki don, katsu don, don, onigiri/rice balls, takoyaki, bbq squid, corroke, karage, and more. – yelp, tripadvisor, google reviews,
  • Ichran Japanese Ramen – ?
    – 5720 Hoggard Rd, Norfolk, VA 23502
    Phone:(757) 461-8630
    Ramen just like in the anime! See the photos and menu items on yelp! Also have curry. – yelp, google reviews,
  • Pagoda & Oriental Garden – http://www.pagodagarden.org/
    – 265 W Tazewell St, Norfolk, VA 23510
    A tea house, restaurant, and oriental garden to relax in

Portsmouth

Suffolk

Virginia Beach

  • Kyushu Japanese Restaurant – http://www.kyushujap.com/
    – 400 Newtown Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23462-5619
    Phone: (757) 490-1177
    Japanese restaurant, sushi bar, ramen, yakisoba, beef yakiniku, katsu (pork or seafood), tempura, kyushu, zaru soba, udon, tofu, kara age, edamame, gyoza, tako (octopus), tuna, salmon, yellowtail, etc. – yelp, tripadvisor, google reviews,
  • Zushi Japanese Bistro – http://www.zushibistro.com/
    – 4540 Main St, Virginia Beach, VA 23462
    Phone:(757) 321-1495
    Sushi, tofu, yakisoba, edamame, tempura, tuna, salmon, whitefish, eel, katsu (pork or chicken), bibim bop, kalbi, miso soup, zushi soup, seaweed salad, etc. Ramen is not on the menu and has to be asked for. Call ahead of time to make sure it is available that day. – yelp, tripadvisor, google reviews,

Williamsburg

  • Oishii Japanese Ramen and Habachi Grill – http://www.oishiiva.com/
    515 Prince George St., Williamsburg, VA 23185
    Phone: (757) 220 – 6880
  • Kyoto Japanese Steak House & Sushi Bar – http://www.kyotoofwilliamsburg.com/
    1621 Richmond Road, Williamsburg, VA 23185
    Phone: (757) 220-8888
    Japanese restaurant that has sushi, udon, soba, oyako don, ramen, donburi

Yorktown / York County

  • Yama.Chen’s Sushi Roll House – http://www.yamachen.com
    209 Village Ave, Ste G, Yorktown, VA  23693
    Mainly sushi, but also has yaki soba, teriyaki dinner, chicken katsu, some sashimi, and a wide variety of sushi rolls

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Japanese Style Karaoke

(and food)

Amplitude Karaoke – http://amplitudekaraoke.com/ – 314-B Constitution Dr, Virginia Beach, VA. 23462
Phone: (757) 473-1565
It has actual rooms that you can book or just dine in the dining area. Menu is up on the website.