Where to get the best matcha in the Alamo City

Pretend for a moment you’ve stepped into a quaint shop off the busy streets of Okinawa without ever leaving Texas at Minnano Japanese Grocery.

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Minnano does not claim the title of sole Japanese grocer in San Antonio but it had my absolute loyalty the first time I walked in. And while food is the cornerstone of the little shop, there is a sizable collection of stationary, bath products, cookware, books and home decor that makes it difficult to leave with just mochi and tamago.

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Matcha is a notoriously expensive item. When I worked making cafe drinks, matcha was consistently our priciest item to stock. I won’t claim to know much about the various qualities because I really don’t know. Like most Americans, I’m not using it for a traditional tea ceremony but rather for baking and green tea lattes. I can’t remember the rate for Minnano’s green tea powder off the top of my head but the last I bought of their store brand was 3.99 f0r 0.08 lbs. That will last me for a few weeks.

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Minnano carries a nice array of sushi grade fish, a large variety of Japanese rice and soy sauce, green tea flavored anything and all you could ever want of maneki-neko, beckoning cats, to bring you good fortune.

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Unlike most Asian grocers I’ve visited, everything in Minnano is true to the advertised nationality.Even the kimchi is Japanese. Also, you won’t find anime or manga memorabilia here. There are a few Studio Ghibli items as a well as an anime-themed cookbook, but this is not your stop for a new Naruto pillowcase.

Compact grocery store importing dry goods, drinks & snacks, plus beauty products, cookware & gifts.” Google’s official description for Minnano Japanese Grocery located in Med Center in San Antonio. The perfect place to kick off my grocery store series.

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