Nikko Asia Shokuhin

Taiwanese grocery in Ikebukuro

By Sherilyn Siy    - 2 min read

Our Taiwanese neighbors invited us over for dinner to celebrate the Lunar New Year. We had a wonderful feast that ended with these peanut and black sesame filled dumplings swimming in a black sugar soup. The dinner was wonderful but dessert was out of this world delicious. It turns out that our neighbor purchased them frozen at a Taiwanese grocery in Ikebukuro. We had to have more of those dumplings!

We found Nikko Asia Shokuhin a short walk from Ikebukuro Station (see detailed walking directions with landmarks and photos -- we got lost and hope that with this information, you won't).

Nikko Asia Shokuhin is a modest grocery occupying the middle 3 floors of the Ryuzaki Building. It is a little Taiwanese market in Ikebukuro. Practically everything you might need to whip up your Taiwanese favorites can be found here. On the second floor (the shop's first floor) are dried food stuffs, noodles, bottled sauces, flours, and canned goods. The third floor (the shop's second floor), you will find frozen, easy to prepare food such as steamed buns, leek pancakes, and those peanut and sesame dumplings we were looking for. They also carry some fresh vegetables essential for Taiwanese flavors, such as fresh coriander (pakuchi in Japanese). The fourth floor (the store's third) is where you can get fresh fish and meat.

Getting there

From Ikebukuro, find the West Exit (central exit). Go across the street (you should see a McDonald's). Turn right and walk down the street. You should pass by a Mister Donuts on your left side. At the end of that block, turn left. You should see a Family Mart on the right hand side of the street. Turn right at Family Mart. At the first corner, turn left. You will find Nikko Asia Shokuhin on your right hand side. This grocery occupies the second, third, and fourth floors of the Ryuzaki Building.

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Sherilyn Siy

Sherilyn Siy @sherilyn.siy

For Sherilyn Siy, Asia is home. Born in Hong Kong, Sherilyn spent time in the Philippines, China, and now lives in Japan. She speaks English, Filipino, Chinese (or putonghua), and Hokkien, her family's local dialect. Running is one of her favorite ways to explore Japan. She proudly finished the 2015 Tokyo Marathon -- her first ever full marathon -- in 4 hours and 37 minutes. She was absolutely psyched when she got selected again to run the new Tokyo Marathon route in 2018. She hopes to complete other races in Japan. 

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Elizabeth S 6 days ago
It’s these specialty shops that carry niche foods from abroad that are testament to the vast selection of international cuisine in Tokyo.

It’s on my shopping list now!
Elizabeth S 5 days ago
And learning something new in the process!
Kim B a week ago
Good find! I remember when I visited Taiwan the food was amazing.