Baby Anchovies to Pure MSG: Unique Items From the Japanese Market

You may have sampled Chef Michio's delicious and well priced sushi at the Japanese Market, in North Bay Village, but have you ever actually bought anything there? Sure, you could go with standards like rice or sake, but dig a little deeper and you can find unique items like these that you won't find anywhere else in the area.

Baby Anchovies to Pure MSG: Unique Items From the Japanese Market

1. MSG
You've heard about it, and probably ordered your Chinese food without it. It's MSG ($2.19), that "evil" flavor enhancer that has always gotten a bad rep. Sure, it keeps you up all night and makes your heart race, but it also imparts a meaty umami flavor that you won't get from anywhere else except, well, meat.

Baby Anchovies to Pure MSG: Unique Items From the Japanese Market

2. Takoyaki Grill
Live out your Asian street vendor fantasy and buy a Takoyaki Grill Pan ($19.50) to bake these puffy dumpling/pancake hybrids often filled with octopus. This pan may look like a one trick pony, but with a little creativity you can easily adapt a takoyaki recipe into a breakfast or dessert or use the pan to make the Danish version, called ebelskivers.



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