Interesting sake labels
Going to grocery stores may seem an odd hobby, but few things make me happier than finding new ingredients to play with.
Seiwa Market is Houston's newest Japanese grocery store (bringing the total to 2). Japanese grocery stores are a bit like gambling. I'm never quite sure what I'm buying since I can’t read most of the package labels. There is a label in English on the back, but as I have found out, it's not always accurate. If you really need something specific, either have a friend that reads Japanese, or be willing to ask a lot of questions of strangers.
I like that the package sizes were smaller. Most American grocery stores seem to assume that you are buying for a family of four. I browsed through chopstick rests and sake, marveled at the entire section of curry (one of these days, I've got to try Japanese curry), thought about buying fresh bamboo shoots, and decided that I really didn't need Hello Kitty Soy Sauce.
Yes, it is a thing
In the end, I settled on a fairly limited selection.
Pickles! Daikon (yellow) and cucumber & eggplant (purple). I haven’t opened them yet, but there are very few forms of pickle I don’t like.
I love pickles.
Filled rice ball (this one was mustard greens) with nori sheet
Hello Kitty Matcha Marshmallows, because I just had to buy something with Hello Kitty on it. I was not expecting much from these, but they are actually really good.
Dango and marshmallows
If you're interested, (or you really want Hello Kitty Marshmallows) Seiwa Market is on 1801 S. Dairy Ashford. http://www.seiwamarket.com/