While on my maid of honour duties (bridal dress shopping for my sister), the bridesmaids, my Mum and I had an hour to kill in between appointments so I decided to introduce everyone to the $2.50 shop on Clarence Street. Yes, we Sydney-siders have our very own Japanese 100 yen shop!

100 Yen Shop in Sydney ($2.50 shop), Maruyu on Clarence Street
Shopping at Maruyu’s $2.50 (100 yen) shop at Sydney’s Clarence Street, Town Hall

To the bemusement of my sister, who had never traveled to Japan and learnt of the treasures available for only 100 yen each, she squealed with joy. It was only my second visit and much like sharing good food with good friends, it was a very delightful afternoon, watching the girls pick up a heap of quirky must-haves which they didn’t know they had needed. Let me assure you, any trip to the $2.50 (100 yen) shop, will be very satisfying.
They stock everything from kitchenware to tableware to gardening tools to underwear!

100 Yen Shop in Sydney ($2.50 shop), Maruyu on Clarence Street for foodies - kitchen gadgets including graters, egg moulds, pots and pans
[Top left – Bottom right] Food serving tray (image source: fotobank.ru), onigiri punchers/cutters (image source: Just Bento), cute rabbit egg mould (image source: Just Bento), table ware: bowls, dishes, cups, chopsticks (image source: Chipango), fish shaped soy sauce disposable containers and gourmet toothpicks (image source: Lunch In A Box), the $2.50 (100 yen) shop at Maruyu in Clarence Street Sydney (image source: J Style), grater / multi-slice tool for daikon, ginger, cucumber or other vegetables (image source: Lunch In A Box) and lastly, a heart-shaped mini frying pan (image-source: catgirlpink)

Some of the cool and cute foodie things on sale include a pair of plastic egg moulds which let you transform an ordinary boiled egg into a work of art that any kid would eat, a star-shaped miniature frying pan for adorable pancakes, those serving trays you see at ramen joints like Ichi-ban Boshi or Menya, sake cup sets, a massive selection of graters and slicers in all shapes and sizes for daikon, ginger or cucumber, and yes, even those disposable sushi boxes and fish-shaped soy-sauce containers!
And what’s best, is that shopping up a storm here won’t hurt your wallet.
So what are you waiting for? Shop up & eat up!
Maruyu City Super
Basement & Ground Floor, 283-285 Clarence St., Sydney
Tel: (02) 9267 0882
Open Monday – Friday 10am – 7:30pm, Thursdays until 8pm, Saturday 12pm – 6pm and Sunday 12pm – 5pm

Plus in other exciting news… guess who’s going to be on stage at the Chinese New Year Festival Markets at Sydney’s Belmore Park (12 – 14th February)? That’s right – me, me, me!

I’m working with Asian Home Gourmet to present a line up of delicious kitchen demonstrations.

My book, I Ate My Way Through Singapore & Vietnam, will also be on sale so pop by and say hi! 😉

Event Details
Date: Friday 12 – Sunday 14 February 2010
Time: Friday 4.00pm-10.00pm & Saturday/Sunday 11.00am-10.00pm
Venue: Belmore Park, across Eddy Avenue from Central Station
Cost: Free
For more information: www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/cny/Events/ChinatownMarkets.aspx

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Jennifer is the founding blogger of I Ate My Way Through (originally, Jenius.com.au). Growing up in the multicultural melting pot of Sydney’s Inner West as a second generation Australian (of Vietnamese refugee parents of Teochew Chinese ancestry), Jen has always had a deep curiosity about global cuisines, culinary heritage and the cultural assimilation of immigrants. For Jen and her family, food is always at the centre of all celebrations, life events and milestones. A lover of the finer things in life, as well as cheap eats, her blogging ethos is all about empowering and inspiring people to expand their culinary repertoire. When not running her two companies (she is also the Managing Director of The Bamboo Garden online marketing agency), Jen can be found exploring old-world charms at vintage markets and delving into local eats around the world. She has a weakness for fried chicken.