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Anchor Cheddar Cheese, from New Zealand? 2017/7/23 10:47
Are there shops in the center of Tokyo which sell imported cheese in bigger amounts? I bought 2 kg blocks of Anchor Cheddar from makro in Thailand but haven't found anything comparable here so far. I live in Sugamo, Costco is more than an hour away and would add 1,400 Y to the purchase.
I'm not talking about expensive gourmet stores that sell rare cheeses in tiny portions, I'm interested in decent Cheddar or Gouda, 2 to 4 kg.
Any shop close to the JR Yamanote Line would be of interest. If anybody could post amount and price that would be perfect - I really miss a good cheese sandwich!
by Klaus (guest)  

Re: Anchor Cheddar Cheese, from New Zealand? 2017/7/28 15:20
I could not find 10kg rice packs but 1kg ones in Europe...

So far, all I have found are shops on the net.
Gouda 4.5kg 12825 yen https://item.rakuten.co.jp/hi-syokuzaishitu/oors-wch-ord-god-kg-04/
Gouda 4kg 9270 yen https://www.amazon.co.jp/FRICO-GOUDA-%E3%82%B4%E3%83%BC%E3%83%80%E3%83...
Gouda 4kg 9200 yen http://fromage.jp/i/h000083
Cheddar (60%) 1kg 850 yen https://www.m-mart.co.jp/search/item.php?type=buybuyc&id=zips&num=260
This one provides an Engish site by a translator.
http://www.marinfood.co.jp/product/cheese/
http://www.marinfood.co.jp.e.zc.hp.transer.com/product/cheese/
by Luisjp rate this post as useful

Re: Anchor Cheddar Cheese, from New Zealand? 2017/7/28 17:45
Thanks for that, Luis! Just in time, I just got back from shopping and bought several 100 g bags of shredded cheese to see if they're any good - they're better than NO cheese!
I'll work my way through the links, the first one looks good, the 4,5kg Gouda looks like the same they sell at makro in Thailand.
by Klaus (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: Anchor Cheddar Cheese, from New Zealand? 2017/7/28 18:01
Do you have any Kaldi store close by? They have some cheese. Not in the kg amounts you are thinking, but definitely a better alternative than shredded cheese.
Also remember that you (or friends) can bring cheese to Japan and cheese is quite easily frozen.
by LikeBike rate this post as useful

Re: Anchor Cheddar Cheese, from New Zealand? 2017/7/29 12:28
Seijo Ishi is at Atre Vie Sugamo 2F. http://www.atre.co.jp/store/sugamo/shop/detail/1028
Kaldi is in Ikebukuro Shopping Park in the basement. http://www.web-isp.co.jp/shop/77.html
Cheese Okoku (Kingdom) is at Ikebukuro Tobo B2F. http://www.tobu-dept.jp/ikebukuro/shop/101423301
There should be some also at the Depa-Chika in Ikebukuro Seibu (B1F?). https://www.sogo-seibu.jp/images/tenpo/ikebukuro/floor/ikebukuro_fg_en...
Or Gyomu Super? http://www.kobebussan.co.jp/shop/list.php?pref_id=13
by Luisjp rate this post as useful

Re: Anchor Cheddar Cheese, from New Zealand? 2017/7/30 07:27
I miss good NZ cheese, but I only see the smaller blocks (more like packets). Haven't seen any Fonterra brands like Anchor. Unfortunately to protect the local product Japan has regulations to keep out good cheese and to keep prices high.
by JapanCustomTours rate this post as useful

Re: Anchor Cheddar Cheese, from New Zealand? 2017/7/30 18:31
Finally went to check out some stores today. First the Atre Vie in Sugamo, then the "Depa Chika" under the ground in Ikebukuro. It was fascinating, lots of real tasty food on display, meats, salads, cakes, wines, whisky and much more. There are several connected markets and I floated around from one end to the other. One place had bags of all kinds of flour; baking decent bread is next on my list! The stuff you can buy in normal markets you can't call bread, it doesn't even smell of yeast. But - 1 kg for 350 Yen was the cheapest, whole wheat or rye was twice as much! Quality food costs you an arm and leg.
Then off to Tobo but it was the same as at the first two stores: a good variety, lots to choose from, but tiny portions for several hundred yen per 100g.
Kaldi was my last hope. Their cheese selection was ridiculously small but therefor the place smelled good and the small paper cup of ice coffee was superb.
I made a few phone calls, pulled a few markers from sources I can't reveal and got a hot lead on a store in Ueno I will follow up on tomorrow. Apparently they have 4,5 kg Gouda wheels and sell smaller pieces of it, just what I am looking for.
The noose is tightening...
by Klaus (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: Anchor Cheddar Cheese, from New Zealand? 2017/7/30 19:12
If you make the trip to Ueno and you also crave for ham or sausages of European type, including entire Spanish hams, don't forget to visit this shop: http://www.koshizuka.jp/

113-0022@sʖ3-43-11

Keep us posted about your cheese adventure ;-)
by LikeBike rate this post as useful

Re: Anchor Cheddar Cheese, from New Zealand? 2017/7/31 09:16
Have you checked Gyomu Super? The name comes from Business-Use Supermarket. They mainly sell products in big amounts.

For Ueno, Kawachiya Foods could be promising. They say they sell imported cheese. The nearest station is Okachimachi. It is in the Ameyoko.
http://www.ameyoko.net/shop/149
https://www.google.co.jp/maps/dir/''/110-0005+s䓌SڂU|PQ/@35.7086628,139.7735685,18z
http://www.ameyoko.net/search/7_0.html

Another lot could be Okubo. It is well known as a Korean Town, but there are many Asian shops and they tend to sell in large quantities. Gyomu Super has a branch in Okubo.
http://www.kobebussan.co.jp/shop/detail.php?sh_id=543

According to this article, NZ products are not widely sold in Japan, because
1) Tax at the Japan side could be more than 100%, and
2) NZ puts some restrictions in exports in the personal levels.
http://www.kimameya.co.jp/mame/nz1.html
by Luisjp rate this post as useful

Re: Anchor Cheddar Cheese, from New Zealand? 2017/7/31 12:45
If you'll settle for American cheddar cheese, the Flying Pig sells two-pound blocks for Y1398 for regular cheddar and Y1498 for sharp white cheddar. https://www.theflyingpig.com/
by Umami Dearest rate this post as useful

Re: Anchor Cheddar Cheese, from New Zealand? 2017/7/31 18:17
I'm glad to report that I have been successful in acquiring a 1.1 kg piece of imported Dutch Gouda for only 2,350 Yen!
For a while there I felt a bit like this guy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9F7mfu2wSEE
I've tried it, it's good quality and I'm happy with the relatively low price of a just over 200 Y per 100g.
If I would've bought the whole 4.5 kg wheel it would have been even cheaper, around 190 Y / 100g, but I'm afraid it wouldn't have fit in my tiny fridge.
The only other cheese available was imported Edam cheese which was surprisingly a bit more expensive. I forgot how much the 1.7 kg ball was since I'm not that interested in Edam cheese.
The exact shop is difficult to find, all I can say is that it is in the Ameyokocho market, underneath the train tracks, three minutes walk from Ueno station.
by Klaus (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: Anchor Cheddar Cheese, from New Zealand? 2017/8/6 15:24
Hi,
If you are looking for cheese specifically from NZ, I recommend you to look for Yamaya shops in Tokyo, there is one in Ikebukuro, about 5 minutes near the Biccamera. It is a food chain that sells wine and alcohol from abroad, they also have cheese and stuff like biscuits, chips, chocolate from abroad. Mostly imported food.
I saw those cheeses form NZ:
- Gouda: 700g for 1420 yens (tax inc.)
- Egmont: 700g for 1420 yens (tax inc.)
- Red Cheddar: 700g for 1420 yens (tax inc.)

https://www.yamaya.jp/

PS: NZ/AUS gouda are fake gouda! ;-)
by Gaby (guest) rate this post as useful

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