Friday Finds ☆ New COSMO – Japanese Grocery Store in Jakarta
You might recognize the name, COSMO, if you have been around my blog. I wrote a post about a Japanese grocery store which I use in Jakarta called COSMO. They used to be located near me, but they recently moved and their new location is on Jalan Bulungan, a little further away from me and at first I was sad to know that they were moving. Then I recently visited their new store and I was so happy for them! It is beautiful!!
Now COSMO is on a much busier and lively street where they can have a better traffic of customers. I always think that location is very important, so it is wonderful for them to be there. I love the modern interior design, white clean floor and high ceiling that makes the store looks cleaner, brighter and even much bigger. To me shopping for grocery is not only the content and quality of food, but also the atmosphere and easiness to shop. It made me happy to be at COSMO and shop. The bakery section looks lovely and the soft light makes the bread selections look yummy! The sozai section (sozai means side dishes in Japanese) has dishes that would help add more variation to your table and right next to it is a food stand where you can buy some Japanese dishes like udon and ramen. There are tables and chairs by the sozai and food stand for their customers to enjoy the meal. I saw many Indonesians hang out and eat which made me happy. I think it’s wonderful to see that COSMO is also playing a role as a liaison between Indonesian and Japanese culture.
Now that I have lived in Jakarta for 6 months, I kind of know the stores where many expats shop. I find the produce at COSMO the best in quality in terms of freshness. I like the way they package, too. Their produce section may not be as big as some big grocery stores you find in Jakarta, but you can find very fresh and tasty produce packaged very nicely. Try their tomatoes. You’ll see what I mean. I also find the fish and meat at Japanese grocery stores fresher than other stores. I like the way they handle the products as they are very careful.
The highlight of the trip was to see these “onigiri” (rice ball) molds. I own a couple of onigiri molds that I bought in Japan, but the ones sold at COSMO are much cuter!!! One of my readers left me a comment in my first article on COSMO and asked about the place she could buy an onigiri mold. The COSMO’s store owner saw the comment and commented as a response to the question that they didn’t have any at the store at the time. However, a couple of weeks later, he commented again to announce that his store started selling some!! I am happy to show you what they have at the store. The prices are very reasonable, too! If you are interested in buying one and live in Jakarta, hurry to COSMO!
I wrote about onigiri and indoor picnic with my girls as one of my earlier posts last March. Here‘s the post. You can see the recipe for “dashimaki tamago”, a Japanese egg omelet as well. It makes me nostalgic to see the post not only because it was back when we still lived in our apartment in Arlington, Virginia and it feels like ages ago, but also it was the early stage of my blog and I still remember vividly how I felt about writing, arranging photos, and posting on my blog. Time really flies…
Most drivers should know where Grand Mahakam Hotel on Jl. Mahakam is. Coming from the hotel, you drive towards Blok M and turn left onto Jalan Bulungan. Drive for a couple of hundred meters and you’ll see COSMO’s sign board on the left like in the photo above. The store will be on the left.