Japanese Food You can Buy in Finland – Level ★★☆

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Japanese cooking uses a variety of ingredients. What ingredients are easy to find in Finland and what are not?

I’ ve compiled a list of Japanese ingredients that can be bought in Finland, according to the level of difficulty in getting them. Some are surprisingly easy to find, while others are quite difficult to find. If you have any information on what you have seen in Finland, please let me know.

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Difficulty Level ★★★ @ Large Markets

This is a list of Japanese foodstuffs that you can surely find in large stores like K-Supermarket, K-Citymarket, and Prisma.
If you are lucky, you can also find them in smaller markets.

Blue Dragon Products

One of the easiest Asian foods to find in Finland is from a British manufacturer called Blue dragon. It is available in quite a few stores. They are more expensive than the ones you can buy in Asian markets, and the quality varies, but it’s nice to know that they are readily available.
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Main Japanese Foods

  • Japanese rice
  • Nori seaweed
  • Rice vinegar
  • Sushi vinegar
  • Mirin-like seasoning
  • Wasabi
  • Gari
  • Chinese noodles
  • Vermicelli

Looking at this, you can see how many sushi-related products there are. As you can see from the number of sushi restaurants, sushi has become quite popular in Finland.

Sesame Seeds = Sesaminsiemen

[Japanese] Goma
[Manufacturer] Salliselta and other Finnish manufacturers
[Section] Nuts section

Sesame Paste = Tahini, Seesamitahna

[Japanese] Neri-goma
[Manufacturer] Filos, etc.
[Section] Asian seasoning corner or Asian market

Pure sesame paste, tahini, is sold in many stores. Since it has no additives, it separates in the bottle. Mix well before use.

Matcha = Matcha vihreä tee

[Japanese] Matcha
[Manufacturer] varies
[Section] Tea section

Difficulty ★★☆@Asian Market

Even if you can’t get these products at regular markets, you can buy them at Asian markets.
However, there are many different types of Asian markets, for example, Chinese, Thai and so on. Here is a list of products you can buy at any type of Asian market.

Sesame oil

[Japanese] Goma-abura
You can buy sesame oil (Seesamiöljy) at regular markets. But I buy it at Asian markets because I feel that the one in normal market lacks a fragrant aroma, whether it is roasted too lightly or not.

Ajinomoto

Glutinous Rice Flour

[Japanese] Mochi-ko, Shiratama-ko
Glutinous rice flour is the one labeled “糯米粉”. There are differences in the way it is made, but it can be used as a substitute for Shiratama flour. “水磨粘米” is normal rice flour same as you can buy normal market, Joshin-ko in Japanese.
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Dried Shiitake Mushrooms

Dried shiitake mushrooms are surprisingly easy to find. If you don’t care about the place of origin, you can find quite a variety of ingredients.

Difficulty level ★★★

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