Chinese Supermarket in Ikebukuro: Yugi Shoten



Yugi Shoten in Ikebukuro is a supermarket that collects all kinds of Chinese and Taiwanese foods from fresh produce to frozen foods, seasonings, spirits, dried foods, confectionery and pretty much anything else you can think of. The supermarket is equipped with a food court offering Taiwanese, Shanghai, Szechuan, dim sum, Northeastern Chinese cuisine and more. The entrance may look sketchy but Yugi Shoten exudes a completely different atmosphere from the neighboring areas as if you travelled to China but this is the place you would want to take a visit for authentic real Chinese cuisine.

  • 01

    Payment Method

    At Yugi Shoten, all customers will either need to buy or rent a prepaid reloadable personal card that is used to make payments while shopping and dining here. Cash and other forms of payment are not available. The card can be purchased at the entrance.

  • 02

    Chinese Supermarket

    Once you enter the supermarkt, you can immediately notice that almost all the products are written in Chinese, which makes it feel like you actually have come to a local supermarket in China or Taiwan. Open from 7:30am till midnight, the supermarket at Yugi Shoten has fresh produce for frozen foods, seasonings, spirits, dried foods, confectionery and pretty much anything else you can think of. There are varieties of items shoppers can pick up from here and here are some unique items to check for those interested.

    Taiwanese Seasoning
    Shacha sauce often translated as Chinese BBQ sauce is a versatile seasonings used for hotpot, fried rice, noodles to dipping sauce to pretty much anything. Compared to the traditional American BBQ sauce where it is sweet and has a slight tang, almost ketchup-like, this Shacha sauce is made of soybean oil, garlic, shallots, chilis, brill fish, and dried shrimp and has a savory and slightly spicy taste.

    Milk Peanut Soup

    The peanuts in the can are simmered with sugar until soft and creamy and together with the rich aroma of milk, this milk peanut soup is so tempting that you can never resist. The peanuts are squishy and chewy.

    Dan Bin (Taiwanese Breakfast Wrap)

    Dan bing is a popular Taiwanese breakfast wrap that looks like a thin tortilla with eggs and a filling. There are two main kinds of dan bing, one's made with a pancake-like mixture and the other with dough. If these are fried to golden, it will have a chewy and crispy texture.

    Cōng Zhuā Bǐng (Flaky scallion pancake)

    Crispy on the outside and flaky on the inside, it is a traditional Chinese pancake with layers stuffed with scallions. With a side of simple garlic and adding a chili soy sauce, the pancake will even be tastier.

    Yángròu lú (Spice for mutton stew)

    This spice is used to make a classic winter dish for Taiwanese people using medicinal ingredients, ginseng. Together with this spice, mutton stew is made with rice wine. Since it is a medicinal soup, the ginger in the spice makes the body warm.

    Duck Blood

    Duck blood curd, originally from Nanjing, the capital of East China's Jiangsu province is a popular ingredient often used in hot pot soups. Otherwise known as “blood tofu”, it has a jelly-like texture and has a meat-based broth taste, rather than iron or metal-like flavors as blood does.

    XO Sauce

    The XO sauce is a stable condiment in Hong Kong and the southern mainland regions like Guangdong, made from dried seafood, salty Jinhua ham, shallots, garlic, chili, and oil. It has an explosion of umami deliciousness that you’ll want to slather on literally anything and everything you can find.

    Grass Jelly

    Grass jelly is used in various desserts and drinks and used as a refresher in Hong Kong, Southern China, and Taiwan. These jelly are mixed with honey, water, and the usual additives to make a dessert, as some describe it as tasteless with very mild herbal and slightly bitter note if eaten as is.

    Century Egg

    Century eggs are one of the traditional delicacies originating from China made by preserving chicken or duck eggs in a mixture of salt, lime and ash, then wrapping in rice husks for several weeks. As a result, the white becomes a dark brown gelatinous material, and the yolk becomes deep green and creamy.

    Aside from the ones listed, there are tons more that are sold at the supermarket, including fresh fruits to drinks and more. Taking just a tour at this store is exciting enough but, trying out something from pure imagination from what is looks like from its packages might be one fun way to explore this store.

  • 03

    Taiwanese Cuisine

    At the Taiwanese food stall, dishes such as Lou Ro Fan (braised pork rice) (700 yen incl. tax), stinky tofu (700 yen incl. tax), vermicelli soup (700 yen incl. tax), beef noodles (980 yen incl. tax), pig blood cake (700 yen incl. tax), salted crispy chicken (700 yen incl. tax) and other Taiwanese dishes are available. The store even sells classic Taiwanese beverages such as apple soda, Hey Song Sarsaparilla, and barley juice too.

    Opening Hours: 10:00am to 22:00pm

    Lou Ro Fan (braised pork rice) 700yen tax inclusive

    Lou Ro Fan (braised pork rice) 700yen tax inclusive

  • 04

    Shanghai Cuisine

    Located on the left-hand side of Yugi Shoten, the restaurant mainly serves Shanghainese cuisine. They offer soup dumplings (480 yen / 4pieces), beef dumplings (180 yen / piece), siu mai dumplings (100 yen /piece), wonton dumplings (780 yen /piece), mooncakes (250 yen / cake), Shanghai meat dumplings (480yen/piece), egg yolk dumplings (580 yen / piece), and rice dumplings (480 yen / piece). Of all, Xiao Long Bao is a must have menu at this restaurant. After the order has been taken, the owner starts to make the dough from scratch and cooks it. It's worth the wait as the freshly made Xia Long Bao will melt in your mouth and the comforting smell of xiao long bao lingers in the air when the soup spreads in your mouth as you chew on them.

    Opening Hours: 10:00am to 22:00pm

    Xiao Long Bao sold for 480 yen (tax inclusive) for 4 pieces

    Xiao Long Bao sold for 480 yen (tax inclusive) for 4 pieces

  • 05

    Szechuan cuisine

    The dishes of Szechuan cuisine are most well-known for its hot and spicy flavor which are brought out by using pepper, black pepper, chili, broad bean chili paste, shallots, ginger, and garlic. These are must-have seasonings that bring out the intense flavors the dishes are renowned for. At this Szechuan restaurant, visitors can eat the most authentic Szechuan cuisine, and the spiciness can also be freely adjusted. One of the most popular dishes served here is Chongqing noodle (Xia Mian) sold for 800 yen (tax inclusive), which has a sour and spicy taste with refreshing aftertaste. Other notable dishes served here are mapo tofu and szechuan steamed chicken in chilli sauce. This is a must be visited place for spicy food lovers.

    Opening Hours: 10:00am to 22:00pm

    Chongqing noodle (Xia Mian) 800yen (tax inclusive)

    Chongqing noodle (Xia Mian) 800yen (tax inclusive)

    Szechuan skewers 100yen/skewers (tax inclusive)

    Szechuan skewers 100yen/skewers (tax inclusive)

  • 06

    Hong Kong Dim Sum

    Located next to the Shanghai restaurant, this restaurant specializes in Hong Kong dim sum such as leek box (220yen including tax), congee, dumplings, Chinese style spare ribs and more. Great to start with this as an appetizer as dim sum are small dishes, and heading over for a full meal at other neighboring restaurants are recommended.

    Opening Hours: 10:00am to 22:00pm

  • 07

    Northeastern Chinese Cuisine

    Northeastern Chinese cuisine includes many dishes and snacks from the Manchu people of northeast China. Because the area is close to Russia, Korea and Mongolia, this type of cuisine is said to be influenced by these countries too and relies heavily on preserved foods and hearty fare due to harsh winters with short growing seasons. There are two styles: Heilongjian style specializing in cuisines using fish as the region has many rivers. And the other, Jilin style, famed for its dishes that use game animals.
    Located next to the Szechuan restaurant, this Northeastern Chinese restaurant mainly serves classic Northeastern Chinese dishes such as grilled lamb skewers (150 yen /skewer), Chinese sausage, scallion cake (220 yen /sheet), dumplings (500 yen / 8 pieces), and pickled vegetables (680 yen / tax). Aside from those, they offer home made dishes using harbin red sausages and pine nut dumplins too.

    Opening Hours: 10:00am to 22:00pm

  • 08

    Chinese Fried Dough

    Chinese fried dough or Chinese crullers, is often eaten as breakfast in China with soy milk. Compared to other restaurants, this restaurant is open from 7:30am serving freshly ground soy milk, chinese fried dough and Chinese steamed buns and boiled eggs, ideal for breakfast.

    Opening Hours: 7:30am to 22:00pm

    Chinese fried dough with soy milk

    Chinese fried dough with soy milk

  • 09


    Yugi Shoten (友誼商店)

    The supermarket is located on the 4th floor of a building

    A minute from West Exit at JR Ikebukuro Station

    Yamato Sangyo Building 4F
    1-28-6 Nishi Ikebukuro Toshimaku Tokyo Japan

    Yugi Shokufu
    Tokyo Toshima-ku Nishiikebukuro 1-28-6 Yamato Industry Building 4F
    View Allarrow

Click here for a summary article including this article