Fujiya Market in Tempe: What We Bought, What We Skipped and What We're Still Lusting Over
The Spot: Fujiya Market, Open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:30 a.m. until 7 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.
Heather Hoch All right, ramen, you win this time . . .
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What We Bought:
Heather Hoch Stocking up on Japanese staples cheap at Fujiya.
Tempe-area Japanophiles can get their foodie fix fulfilled at the small, modest market on the southeast corner of Priest and University drives called Fujiya. Fresh yakisoba noodles ($2.79), cheap panko bread crumbs ($1.19), and an array of miso soup packets ($1.99/ 3-pack) in different flavors and styles are some must-get items to stock your pantry. For once, we were even convinced to buy freeze-dried package ramen. In our defense, this higher-class Maruchan comes in authentic flavors like Tonkotsu ($2.29).
After you've finished shopping, the little hole-in-the-wall Tokyo Stop restaurant next door is a great, quick Japanese food option. Chili yakisoba and teriyaki meat or veggie lunch boxes will definitely fill you up for under $7. Plus, the authentic cuisine will teach you a thing or two about how to use your newly acquired ingredients. Win-win!