Gallery: Market Tours: Midoriya, a Japanese Grocery Outpost in Williamsburg

Midoriya
Midoriya
The narrow grocery store's windows are adorned with ads for Japanese beer.
Shrimp chips
Shrimp chips
Among the snacks at Midoriya's are colorful bags of shrimp chips, in hot garlic, wasabi, and original.
Snacks!
Snacks!
Midoriya gives new meaning to snacking, with an entire wall dedicate to the art of the rice crackers.
Soy sauces galore
Soy sauces galore
At most groceries, soy sauce comes in two varieties: regular, and less sodium. Not so at Midoriya, where soy sauces come in almost a dozen iterations.
Noodles
Noodles
Kosaka stocks all the noodles you might need for making Japanese dishes at home.
MSG
MSG
Though somewhat controversial, Midoriya stocks MSG, for that touch of something extra in your home-cooking.
Mayo
Mayo
Japanese mayonnaise is typically made with apple cider vinegar or rice vinegar, and quite different from American-style mayo. Midoriya carries Kwepie, one of the more popular brands.
Fish
Fish
In the refrigerated section you'll find fresh and frozen ingredients for making sushi and other dishes, such as this frozen soured mackerel, or Shimesaba.
Fresh Japanese veggies
Fresh Japanese veggies
Kosaka carries several fresh vegetables as well, including daikon radishes and skinny stalks of burdock, which he recommends slicing and sautéing in soy sauce.
Mochi
Mochi
The first thing to greet you as you enter Midoriya is a case full of mochi ice cream, in several flavors.
Daifuku
Daifuku
In addition to mochi, Kosaka brings several other Japanese sweets, such as steamed sweet potato cakes, milk roll cakes, and Daifuku, which come in red bean, green tea, strawberry and black sesame.
Dinner and a movie
Dinner and a movie
Midoriya also has a small selection of Japanese-language films on DVD for post-meal entertainment.
Japanese ceramics
Japanese ceramics
Midoriya carries everything you need for a complete Japanese meal, including the dishes on which you'll serve it!