Stock your bookshelf with all kinds of Asian cookbooks.
Stock your bookshelf with all kinds of Asian cookbooks.

Cute Asian Gift Ideas at House of Rice

Visiting the House of Rice in Scottsdale is a pleasure any time of year -- the place is packed to the rafters with Japanese knick knacks -- but it's especially fun right about now, when every mall starts to look the same and your Christmas shopping budget is starting to dwindle.


The book section here is a pleasure to peruse. I found myself eyeing up the newer Nobu book, and this Vietnamese cooking tome looks tempting, too. 

(Wait, who am I shopping for? Oh yeah -- not myself. But I have a bunch of friends who are just as adventurous in the kitchen as they are dining out at restaurants.) 

House of Rice is jam-packed with Asian ingredients, too, and there's a whole wall of tea and tea accoutrements. Shelves of pretty patterned bowls and cups and sake sets would be great Christmas gifts as well, and there were at least half a dozen kinds of bento boxes on my last visit.


Who wouldn't want a new set of Japanese dishes from Santa?
Who wouldn't want a new set of Japanese dishes from Santa?
Irresistible: "It's a funny day!"
Irresistible: "It's a funny day!"
Here's all the pick-me-up you'll need: Japanese tea, in all of its forms. They also have powdered matcha in the freezer on the other side of the shop.
Here's all the pick-me-up you'll need: Japanese tea, in all of its forms. They also have powdered matcha in the freezer on the other side of the shop.

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