Papaya Japanese Supermarket
PAPAYA is a Japanese supermarket in Jakarta. Every time I put my step into Papaya, it felt like I was in Japan. You can find all the essential ingredients for Japanese home cooking at Papaya. The bakery inside Papaya is my children’s favorite bakery in town. There are three Japanese grocery stores as of now in 2012 that I know of: Papaya, COSMO and Kamome.
The colorful boxed packages in the photo above are the boxes of Japanese Curry mix. Japanese curry is very easy to make if you buy this curry mix in a box. You chop potatoes, carrots, and onions. Then you stir fry them with meat of your choice (beef or chicken usually), add water and cook them till the vegetables are soft and add the curry mix and stir. You pour sauce on top of rice on a plate. That’s it! It’s worth trying if you are adventurous about food and haven’t tried it yet.
I have purchased sashimi at Papaya and it was good. I would only go to Japanese grocery stores to buy sashimi.
MEAT & FISH
I buy meat and fish at a Japanese grocery store because I find them fresher than other grocery stores and I like the way they package them.
This might be one of my favorite things about Japanese grocery stores. The Sozai section, a section for already made side dishes.
DAISO – Japanese 100 Yen Store
I sometimes stop by at DAISO (the red sign) on the second floor in the same building as Papaya is located. DAISO is a Japanese dollar (100 yen) store. The prices at DAISO in Jakarta is all IDR 22.000 which is about US$2.3 (220 yen) so that’s almost double the price you pay in Japan, but still some of the things you can get at DAISO can be bargains compared to what you pay at the local stores in Jakarta and if I don’t know where to get certain items, I know that I can find at DAISO. DAISO has everything. You’ve got to check it out. It’s so fun!
MOS Cafe is a Japanese version of a fast food restaurant. In Japan it’s called MOS BURGER. MOS BURGER is very popular there, but my American husband is not such a big fan except for rice burgers. I haven’t been to MOS Cafe here, so I cannot tell you if they have rice burgers here or not, but if they do, I would love to try MOS Cafe’s rice burger!
I especially love their baguettes. I find that Japanese baguettes are very similar to the original French baguettes. I would love to ask French people what they think of baguettes sold at Komugi.
I hope this information is helpful for those who look for Japanese grocery items in Jakarta!