Over time, as I have wised up and learned to keep watch of my wallet and I’ve figured out that of everything I got, these are the only 8 things I truly needed and therefore consider as best buys for your kitchen from Japan’s dollar (100 yen) store. Because, admit it, when you go to a dollar store you end up buying more than what you need.
I know I do! So to help you out, here are the things I have considerable used, and lasted me for more than a year now. Let’s follow through a budget! 🤞😅
1. Convenient measuring cups for liquids in milliliters, teaspoon or tablespoon
Isn’t it annoying when you have to use multiple spoons to measure liquids, or small amounts of powdered ingredients? This will definitely save you the extra wash! As an added bonus, they are so tiny they could easily fit inside your kitchen compartments.
Guide: 小さじ means teaspoon and 大さじ means tablespoon. The numbers pertain to mL.
2. Bamboo turner with hole (for pasta measurement)
This all-natural product makes your non-stick pans last longer, while conveniently allowing you to measure pasta for one person!
3. Measuring cup
Allows you to measure 2 cups in one go. But if you do decide to just cook a cup of rice, fear not, this cup will save you the trouble of tipping the cup multiple times to drop the extra grains. 😎
4. Cooking chopsticks
If you have already learned the art of using chopsticks, you will probably figure out that you can use it to replace the ones shown below (except for the ladle):
5. Multi-purpose slicer and grater
Japanese kitchens are typically tiny and if you can make one tool serve the purpose of many, why not? Grate, and thinly slice your ingredients all in one gadget.
6. Wire mesh strainer
I prefer wire strainers over plastic because aside from helping me roughly sift flour, drain my noodles and washed items; they also allows be to blanch vegetables with the extra pot holders. Nifty! Also, when it says it’s stainless, it really is. Fear no rust!
7. Stainless steel wide peeler
Wondering how to recreate the cabbage served with your katsu and fried meals in Japan? Here comes a contender! Aside from making thinly sliced cabbages with its wide size, it makes peeling skins (hopefully not yours) easily, and helps you make those thin ribbons of carrots and cucumber to serve with your fresh salad. Easily one of my favorite tools.
8. Mason jars with straw-ready lid (or regular lid)
Prepare make-ahead salads, oatmeal, cold drinks (including that tapioca milk tea!), etc. etc. from this 100 yen mason jar. I truly love how the top of this lid actually has a plastic-rimmed hole for your straw (hopefully the reusable ones). They have regular lids, too, if you prefer that one.
So what are you waiting for? Fill up your kitchen with these golden finds!
Have a nice stay in Japan! <3
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