Japanese grocery stores and ingredient suppliers in Portugal
January 17th 2021 Updated
This page is for food lovers and professional chefs in Portugal that are looking for Japanese cooking supplies.
Japanese rice grown in Spain or Italy is usually used in Japanese restaurants in Portugal.
Kikkoman soy sauce bottled in the Netherlands is available at Asian grocery stores and general supermarkets.
You can get miso at Asian grocery stores and health food stores.
Although there’s an abundance seafood in Portugal, Japanese restaurants seem to have a hard time finding suitable ingredients for sushi because the culture is not geared towards eating raw seafood.
Tuna, salmon, Aji (horse mackerel), mackerel, shrimp, sea bream, etc. can be found for use in sushi.
Beer such as Asahi and Kirin can be found at Asian supermarkets, but sake and shochu, etc. need to be imported via a liquor importer, and it seems that there are few that deal in these liquors.
List of Japanese grocery stores and ingredient suppliers
Below is a list of Japanese food importers who wholesale to supermarkets and restaurants, as well as supermarkets that sell Japanese food to the general public.
This list consists of vendors frequently used by Japanese in your country. (Some shops carry not only Japanese cooking supplies but also kitchen ware)
Urb Qta do Olival das Minas e Qta do Duque Lote 26
2625-573 Vialonga, Portugal
Vale das Ervas, Armazém B6, Centro Empresarial de Alverca, Alverca, 2615-187 Lisboa
Travessa de S. Plácido 52A, 1200-854 Lisboa
◇Amanhecer Supermercado Oriental
Rua da Palma, 41 A, 1100-390, Lisboa Lisbon
R. Palma 266, 1100-394 Lisboa Lisbon
Cascais, Almada and Lisboa
Rua Navegantes 368-A Cascais, Portugal
Number of Local Japanese People
673 Japanese people live in Portugal, as of 2018.
Number of Local Japanese Restaurants
According to the information on TripAdvisor, as of January 2021, there are about 800 Japanese restaurants in Portugal.
For Portuguese People Wanting to Study Japanese Cuisine in Japan
Do you want to study Japanese cuisine in Japan one day? Chefs Wonderland, an agency for helping foreign visitors study cooking in Japan, can make all your cooking school dreams come true.
There are two main ways to study Japanese cuisine in Japan.
One way is to enroll in a culinary school.
The other is to find work at a Japanese restaurant in Japan, although this is not very easy to do.
How Many Portuguese People are Living in Japan?
As of 2018, there are 681 Portuguese people living in Japan.
In addition, 26,506 Portuguese people visited to Japan in 2018.
Study Japanese Cuisine at a Culinary School
If you want to attend a Culinary Technical College for Japanese people, you need to be able to speak fluent Japanese, but even if you can’t speak Japanese, you can study Japanese cuisine at one of the following schools that offer English courses lasting anywhere from one day to three months.
There are classes for beginners, short-term intensive courses to get a certificate, and private classes for professional chefs.
Culinary Schools in Japan
Tokyo Sushi Academy
The first and the most popular sushi school in the world.
Le Cordon Bleu Tokyo
An academic program that reflects the latest trends in Japanese cuisine.
Miyajima Ramen School
More than 1,000 graduates from over 50 countries.
International Ramen School
Ramen study program combined with OJT
Sushi Private Lesson
One day customized private sushi lesson
90min Sushi Making Workshop
90min sushi making lesson for FUN!
Study Japanese Cuisine While Working
Under the current immigration laws, foreigners have very limited opportunities to work in restaurants in Japan, you would need a working holiday visa, a spouse visas, or a type of special activity visa issued only to a few people. If you want more information on studying Japanese cuisine while working in Japan,
please see the following article.
Working Holiday in Japan
Working holiday visas are issued to Portuguese nationals between the ages of 18 and 30. If you can get a Working Holiday Visa, you can enjoy vacationing and working in Japan for up to one year.
If you are thinking about going on a Working Holiday to Japan, please see the following article.
Japan Working Holiday Guide – 15,000 youth get working holiday visa every year