[Tokyo]Fascinating groceries at Ameyoko 1

[Tokyo]Fascinating groceries at Ameyoko 1

[東京]アメ横で魅惑のグローサリーめぐり 1

From Ueno! A Trip through delicious things

People from a variety of countries mingle here in Ueno. Delicious things gather here from all over the world. Let's depart on a full stomach tour of delicious things!

Fascinating groceries at Ameyoko 1

At Ueno, it is highly probable that you will come across delicious things. That's because of the multinational culture that exists here. The section of Ueno called Ameyoko is where many mainly Asian people opened their businesses in the process of Japan's recovery after the war. While their demands were being met, delicious things from nature and from around the world turned up.
One place in Ameyoko that particularly stands out is the food department in the basement of the Ameyoko Center Building. The first difference you might notice is the aromas wafting toward you as you go down the stairs. And you'll also hear almost no Japanese. One of the shops, Nozawaya, has been operating here for many years, and they sell lots of different foods from China, Thailand, the Philippines, India, and more. Most of the customers seem to be foreigners or chefs. The eyes of people from those countries or of the pros can usually find everything they need here. Ueno is like a big market that is always bustling with activity.


Shops in the basement of the Ameyoko Center Building, selling foods and spices from many different countries

The foods come from all over the world, including Thailand, Vietnam, India, the Philippines, and Korea. A feature of Nozawaya is the huge variety on display. Some of the foods are hard to get anywhere else, and the staff is also very helpful with advice on tastes or flavors. When you look at spices in colorful bottles, it may entice you to try making some ethnic dishes yourself. You can buy Pak Chi (cilantro leaf) at a supermarket, but here it is fresh and there's lots of it available.

Lao Gan Ma (Fried pepper sauce)
This contains lots of peanuts and is Chilli oil that you can eat. With its pronounced aroma of Chinese pepper, the usual Mabo-dofu that you cook is likely to become authentic. ¥350 (275 grams)

Sriracha chili sauce (Super hot)
Extremely spicy, but it also has a delicate sweet and sour taste, a common spice used in Thailand. Like tabasco, it can be used in various ways. ¥350 (200 ml)

Sichuan pickles
The spicy flavor of these pickles is addicting. They're large and chunky, and happily affordable. ¥300

Black soy sauce
Thai soy sauce. It contains molasses and is rather sweet and thick. Use a small amount in stir-fried foods or boiled meats. ¥250 (400 grams)


Ameyoko Center Bldg. B1F, 4-7-8 Ueno, Taito-ku
Tel: 03-3833-5212
Open: 10:00-20:00
Closed: the 3rd Wednesday of every month


Dried fruits and roasted nuts specialty shop with 60-year history

Dried pineapple
When you bite into it, the flavor of ripe pineapple produced in Costa Rica fills your mouth. There are also no additives. ¥463 (150 grams)

Dried figs from Turkey
Large, soft figs produced in Turkey with no additives. Great to enjoy with wine or whiskey. ¥463 (230 grams)

Sweet roast pecan nuts
Pecan nuts with minimal tartness, roasted with a small amount of sugar. Highly flavorful, and addictive once you start eating them. ¥463 (300 grams)

Dried Inca berries
Popular as a super food, these dried Inca berries have no additives. Enjoy their unique sour flavor. ¥630 (100 grams)


6-4-8 Ueno, Taito-ku
Tel: 03-3831-0091
Open: 10:00-18:30
Wednesday 10:00-18:00
Closed: No holidays

Source: metropolitana