Japanese grocery stores and ingredient suppliers in Indonesia
June 7 2021 updated
This page is for food lovers and professional chefs in Indonesia that are looking for Japanese cooking supplies.
You can sometimes get Japanese rice grown in California, South Korea or Japan, but the supply is unstable due to import restrictions.
At Japanese restaurants, Japanese rice grown in Indonesia is the mainstream.
The quality of Japanese vegetables produced in Indonesia is getting better every year and they see to be well liked by a variety of customers, including Japanese people.
For example, you can now find Edamame (green soybeans), spinach, green onions, shiso (perilla), radish sprouts, mitsuba (Japanese parsley) and more.
You can get Kikkoman soy sauce bottled in Japan or Singapore at regular grocery stores or Japanese grocery stores.
Indonesia has its own seasoning made from fermented soybeans, called “Taucho”. For that reason, Japanese miso is also generally accepted, and locally made Japanese-style miso is popular.
Tuna is usually landed locally or brought from Japan, and salmon is often imported from Europe or Japan. The higher-end the restaurant, the more they will import from Japan.
However, to reduce costs some restaurants are trying to arrange contracts with local fishermen to purchase fish directly.
In Indonesia, more than 90% of the population is Muslim, so it has a very expensive liquor tax. Therefore, Japanese restaurants that serve sake and shochu are only located in metropolitan areas such as Jakarta and Surabaya, etc.
However, it seems that in Jakarta there’s a sake bar for wealthy Chinese people where they mix sake with banana and lychee to make popular cocktails.
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)
Block M Branch
Jl. Melawai Raya No.28, Kebayoran Baru, Jakarta Selatan
City Walk Branch
Jl. KH. Mas Mansyur No.121, Jakarta Pusat
Jl.Terogong Raya No.18, Jakarta Selatan
One park avenue
Jl. K. H. Syafi’i Hadzami No.1, Kebayoran Baru
Jl. Bulungan No. 16 Kebayoran Baru Jak-Sel 12130
BSD City, Jakarta Garden City, Sentul City, and Tanjung Barat
Jl. RS. Fatmawati Raya No.204, RT.3/RW.10, Cilandak Bar., Kec. Cilandak,
Kota Jakarta Selatan, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta
Darmo Permai, Margorejo, and Pakuwon City
Jl. Sukaasih No.1, Pasteur, Kec. Sukajadi, Kota Bandung, Jawa Barat 40141
Kuta, and Renon
Jalan Agung Karya IV, Blok B No. 22, Sunter Agung Podomoro Jakarta Utara 14340, Indonesia
Jl. Peternakan II no. 40 Kapuk, Cengkareng, Jakarta Barat 11710
Jl. Bandengan Utara No. 21, Pekojan, West Jakarta, DKI Jakarta, Indonesia
Jl.Pengasinan Blok A No.1-6Muara Angke, Jakarta-Utara
Number of Local Japanese People
Approx. 20,000 Japanese people live in Indonesia, as of 2018.
Number of Local Japanese Restaurants
As of March 2021, TripAdvisor estimates that there are about 1,000 Japanese restaurants throughout Indonesia.
For Indonesian 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 Indonesian People are Living in Japan?
61,051 Indonesian live in Japan and 396,852 visited 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.
Japan Culinary Institute
Japanese culinary training including sushi, kaiseki, yakitori, wagashi and more.
Miyajima Ramen School
More than 1,000 graduates from over 50 countries.
International Ramen School
Ramen study program combined with OJT
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.