Best Markets: Dori


Nice bowls, and cheap: $2.50 each

Who knew there was a cute little Japanese market among the Chinese noodle shops, bakeries, dim sum palaces and taco joints in Sunset Park? Not me. But poking around today, I stumbled upon Dori, a Japanese market, in the basement of a building on 60th Street, just down the street from Lan Zhou Hand Pull Noodle.

The shop wouldn’t merit much of a second glance in the East Village, but bona fide Japanese markets are much harder to come by in Brooklyn, and this one is very charming. In addition to many snack foods and frozen items, it also sells bowls, chopsticks, pink, heart-shaped Hello Kitty clocks, and anime videos.

As usual, I went a little overboard. The loot, after the jump.

These snacks are actually made in Taiwan, and although the shiny squid on the package might make you think you’ll be eating some form of squid body, the crunchy snacks are actually made of fried wheat and potato flour, plus shrimp and squid powder and a slightly spicy-ketchupy seasoning. But they do look a little like bits of squid–and are really tasty, I can’t stop eating them. The package claims they’re healthy, but I’m pretty sure that’s a lie. ($1.25)

Here, variously flavored mochi (sweet, glutinous rice cake) stuffed with red bean paste. ($4.85)

Three different kinds of roasted Japanese tea (I love that toasty flavor): one made with brown rice (genmai-cha), one with green tea (houji-cha) and another that I’m not sure about. All very affordable. ($1.75-$1.90)

Amazing chopsticks printed with bunnies, hearts, cherries and cake, with a matching carrying case that reads “I like the white cake.” And who doesn’t? ($3)
I like canned herring. I like kelp. I do not like canned herring wrapped in kelp. The texture of the kelp is a little slimy, but what really does this in is the very, very sweet taste. Fish plus kelp plus lots of sugar in a can equals fail. For me at least, maybe you’ll like it. ($1.60)
This is a simple find, but I’m excited about it–just a jar of dried red miso. You could sprinkle it over sweet potatoes before roasting them, or on steak before grilling. Basically, it’s an easy way to impart that deep umami miso flavor to any food, and still be able to sear it. ($6.25)

817 60th Street, Basement

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