Tokyo's Middle Eastern and South Asian establishments seem to have converged on this unlikely back alley near Shin-Okubo Station. Green Nasco sits alongside a mosque and kebab shop, while you'll find half a dozen other similar stores in the immediate surroundings. The shop stocks an excellent range of spices from Pakistan and India, as well as halal meat including chicken and mutton (both imported), and beef from Hokkaido.
As a city bursting with Michelin stars and filled with fantastic restaurants for every budget from cheap eats to multi-course kaiseki, Tokyo is, without a doubt, one of the best food cities in the world. There are endless options for you to eat out any time, any day.
Sometimes, however, all you want is a taste of home and when that craving strikes, you should hit up the ethnic grocers for ingredients that are hard to come by at the regular supermarkets. So if you’re after Indian spices for a rogan josh curry, fragrant herbs for a spicy Thai tom yum, or halal meat, head to one of these ethnic grocers to stock up on imported ingredients from your home country – and perhaps for some cooking inspiration as well.
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