EDIT: Co-op is now renamed Choto Stop and can be found at 2277 Chino Roces Ave., San Lorenzo Village, Makati City. It’s right beside Kikufuji. 😀 Thanks for the correction Mila!
A few months back, my friends and I were thoroughly saddened when one of our favorite Japanese groceries, Co-op, closed down. A small store that was stocked to the brim with snacks, food mixes, cooking ingredients, drinks, fresh vegetables, preserved and ready-to-eat foodstuff, and processed meats, you can spend ages browsing through the shelves, ooh-ing and aah-ing over what they offer. Never mind that I couldn’t understand what was written on the wrappers; pictures on labels, researching through my cookbooks and online and blind faith always worked in my case.
So can you imagine how happy I was when I found out that not only had they re-opened, but they’re now bigger, better and… well, betterer? Our friendly all-goods-for-75-bucks (save a few items that are tagged with other prices) has reopened in a bigger location along Pasong Tamo St. Makati. It’s now part of Little Tokyo, just two stores down from Kikufuji.
The new store is bigger, with wider aisles and more shelves. The lights are brighter plus the store feels generally roomier. I dropped by last week and while there were still a couple of empty shelves, I was assured that more deliveries are on the way. There’s even a separate section for the refrigerators, all set to open soon as well.
Searching for snacks? Choose from a wide selection of chips, corn-based snacks and senbei (rice crackers). No Frito Lay Takoyaki Balls that time, but I heard that a batch came in this week. Drat!
An assortment of sauces for your cooking and dressing needs. The white-capped bottle on the third shelf from the top, Kewpie Goma (sesame seed) Dressing is awesome stuff!
Addicted to Curry? Try the Kamen Rider Curry!
Spice up your rice with a gajillion furikake flavors!
See? Even these unidentified shoppers were as gleeful as I was over the re-opening! Don’t let these…uhm…unidentified shoppers hoard all the good stuff! Drop by Co-op and go grab your favorite goodies! (Please, just don’t buy out all the Takoyaki Snack balls, leave some for me!)
Co-op is open all days of the week, from 10am to 10pm.