H Mart Korean Mega Store Adventure

By: GardenGrrl , 11:59 PM GMT on August 29, 2014

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Yesterday was a great day. Not only did I discover an amazing good place to get Korean food, it also rained overnight which is helping during our drought.



You may have guessed already that I love specialty grocery stores and this find is indeed special. Located in North Plano, Texas off of K Avenue is the H Mart. This is a all inclusive Korean mega store.

This complex boasts a full service grocery with Korean bakery and deli, an extensive produce section that has such hard to find items as dragon fruit, jack fruit, water chestnuts, quince. The shelves are filled with grocery products people generally can only find at their grocer over seas. I don't know what three fourths of it is because I don't read Korean. From items I know and ones I can figure out by the pictures, the prices are very reasonable.

The fresh fish and meat department are worth the miles if you need specialty items. H Mart also offers free ice to keep your fish or meat fresh during the drive home.

But wait, there is more. It has a food court with five different restaurants. Here you can find traditional Korean dishes, Vietnamese and Japanese cuisine. If you don't know how to use chopsticks, bring your own silverware because the only utensils are chopsticks and soup spoons.

These are the side dishes that came with our meal; kimchi (spicy cabbage), brined spicy cucumber and eggplant.



The prices are also reasonable for the portions. We ordered Bulgogi Dubap which is marinated beef strips over rice. (10.99) The other dish is actually a soup called Ugeoji Haejangguk meaning beef and napa cabbage soup. Haejangguk or guk means roughly "hangover soup". Something to eat after a hard night of drinking. There are many types.



Helpful hint, Korean food can be a bit spicy so be sure to order a large thirst quenching drink.

Adjacent to the food court is a kitchen store with rice cookers, hot plates, silver ware, dish sets, tea sets and much more. Most items were either made in Korea or Japan. They sell some gorgeous serving sets and platters.

My favorite discovery is the Hanjoos. Roughly translated as waffle "fish". These are bite sized pastries made with sweet vanilla waffle batter cooked around a custard center. They are made while you wait and served warmed. We bought a bag of 10 to go for desert on the drive home. They are so good we almost turned around to get more.




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29. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
10:02 AM GMT on September 07, 2014
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28. WatchinTheSky
11:16 PM GMT on September 06, 2014
Maybe a shark suit for Roxie! Hope you are having a fun day :-)
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27. GardenGrrl
12:45 PM GMT on September 06, 2014
Hi All, thank you for coming by. Going to be real busy today and then off to work tomorrow. They are having a community pool event that allows us to bring our dogs. Should have lots of picks next week : )

Hi Shirley, that is one happy flower. Ours are looking a bit parched in the "abundant" sunshine we are having. Thanks.

Oh My! Briar, glad the guy was just making a film and not actually scaring people. I think Roxie would make an adorable spider dog though.

Hi Sandi, thanks. It is actually quite difficult for me to transition from drawing on paper to using a tablet and seeing the drawing appear on the screen. Was really frustrated at first but after seeing the tablet sit around I decided to try again.

Hi Ylee we are hoping the front gets here. More rain would be nice. As we are going to go for a long drive today it may rain.

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26. Ylee
10:12 AM GMT on September 06, 2014
Looks like you're still getting heat; we're supposed to get a break from it this weekend, will the front make it down to you?
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25. sandiquiz
6:24 AM GMT on September 06, 2014
I saw the dragon you did with your tablet....glad to see you are finally beginning to use your Christmas gifts:-)

It is extremely good....you clever thing, you!
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24. WeatherWise
3:56 AM GMT on September 06, 2014
Funny one, Briar....not sure about that GG as someone might just try to kill the poor little guy as it looked really real.
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23. BriarCraft
2:50 AM GMT on September 06, 2014
I just got back from a quest for public art -- actually, I visited my parents and took a couple of little detours along the way.
Anyway...
When I sat down at the 'puter to check email, I learned what DH had been doing this afternoon.



You have GOT to get Roxy a spider suit in time for Halloween. You simply must. Just think of all the fun you could have!
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22. WeatherWise
11:05 PM GMT on September 05, 2014
Hi GG! Have you finished all of your busy to-do-list from YOUR Friday but perhaps our Thursday? Sounded like a lot going on. Take care!

I am sure you already have plenty of sunshine - but just in case - HERE is a SUNNY little flower for you!


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21. GardenGrrl
4:24 PM GMT on September 04, 2014
Good Morning and a busy one it is. Am taking a break from phone callin' insurance and bill wranglin' schedulin' and vacation plannin'. Whew.

The weather report says we are having "Abundant Sunshine" today. Haven't been out yet to check. Roxie hasn't asked. She is doing abundant sleeping on fluffy rug time. Lazy dog.

Oh Hi Mom, will be showing up in Florida next month, you free for dinner? I'll buy.

Hi Tony, people here are thinking a wet winter. Will take some of your moisture if it does not come as ice.

Hi Jane, thanks. It is amazing how much the internet has made the whole world available. Seems we can get just about anything if we are willing to pay extra for shipping. Does that make the internet the worlds largest shopping mall and cafe?

Hi WTS, you are welcome. Can I interest you in some kelp?

Hi Mike, that is interesting about how so many cultures have a "Day of the Dead" to remember ancestors, feed them "spirit food" and clean up grave sites. add some dancing and it's a real party. There is so much commonality across the world.

Hi Prose, my guess is that the authentic Italian grocery store is your favorite. My guess is you can whip up some great Italian cooking even without food imported from the homeland.

Hi Sandi, oh that would be terrible to not tolerate spice. I add black pepper or cayenne pepper to almost everything, Do you think it is a genetic thing for those of English heritage? I have notice that English food is very hearty but decidedly lacking in hot stuff.

Hi Oz, I have seen the Australian open markets, very nice. Even better is having someone that keeps you in home grown fruits and veggies. With those scorching hot summers I am surprised gardens do so well. Is a lot of your planting done late season?

Hi Ylee, I will type to ya anyways. Hope the kids are letting you sleep in.
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20. Ylee
11:12 AM GMT on September 04, 2014
You may type, but I won't be here, as I'll be home, recovering! :' ) Have a fun weekend!
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19. GardenGrrl
10:00 AM GMT on September 03, 2014
Good Morning All, it is my Friday and tomorrow, some time in the afternoon after sleep is caught up on, I will catch up with you. Thanks for stopping by and type to ya tomorrow.
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18. ozgalah
10:54 PM GMT on September 02, 2014
Good morning GG thank you for the white rabbits, September already where is the year going soon be Christmas!!!! Interesting blog, if I go to the Central markets (where Ylee had the cam showing) Chinatown is right next door so I love to buy cooking utensils while I am there, I am fortunate that my H loves to grow fruit and veg even more exotic ones so can usually find ingredients in the garden.
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17. sandiquiz
1:48 PM GMT on September 02, 2014
Thanks for the White Rabbits greeting... let me wish you a very happy, healthy, and safe month of September... belatedly!

I have developed an aversion/allergy to spices....(how I hate getting old) ...I find that even spices such as black pepper can set me off coughing when I eat, and if it is a more potent spice... well I cough for England. So to combat the coughing, I have gone back to simple English cooking!

Erm, well, English as a 'sort of', as tonight's dinner s spaghetti Bolognaise, and I know that's not English! lol

PS - I have found that McDonald's chicken selects have some spice in the coating... but I love them, so do I eat them and cough, or not eat them and not cough! :( Decisions!!
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16. Proserpina
9:51 PM GMT on September 01, 2014
WHITE RABBITS X3!

I'll come back to read about your experience. I have been so similar ones in my area and they are QUITE an experience!
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15. clearlakemike
5:43 PM GMT on September 01, 2014
Happy September, GG!! Big Korean Holiday coming up on the 8th, Chuseok.
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14. WatchinTheSky
4:56 PM GMT on September 01, 2014
Thanks, GG :-)
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13. JanesVacation
12:52 PM GMT on September 01, 2014
Hi GG, Happy 1st of September! Interesting grocery store, we have plenty of specialty stores in our area, but not a Korean one. My close friend of 30 years has two children adopted from Korea as babies. She always was looking for the ingredients for Korean dishes to make them to celebrate their heritage. That was before online stores were an option. Pretty cool that you can walk right in and shop!

Have a nice Labor Day! It's warm and humid here!
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12. plapman
12:50 PM GMT on September 01, 2014
Good morning GardenGrrl.
The Korean food looks good.
I wish we could share some our moisture with you. The long range forecast for the winter is higher than average snow.
Enjoy your day.
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11. GardenGrrl
10:04 AM GMT on September 01, 2014
Good Morning and White Rabbits to All

Hopefully I didn't miss anyone. It's the long work week so, Tony, Calpoppy, Watchinthesky, Shirley, thanks for coming by to say howdy.

Ps, Tony and WatchinTheSky both just had Anniversaries, separately, not together so Happy Anniversaries you two!
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10. WeatherWise
3:11 AM GMT on September 01, 2014
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9. WatchinTheSky
3:08 AM GMT on September 01, 2014
A few minutes early but, White Rabbits X3 GG! Maybe that brings the temps down?
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8. calpoppy
4:37 PM GMT on August 31, 2014
The food looks good! What I remember of Korean food was going to a Korean restaurant after a very rainy outdoor wedding which was held under the biggest tree we all could find. Then the groom ordering the food for all of us and we ended up with intestine as one of the entrees! I have to try most things so I did try that, it was pretty chewy and not at all appetizing, go figure, LOL!
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7. plapman
12:18 PM GMT on August 31, 2014
Good morning GardenGrrl.
The skies on the Northern Edge will be grey until Friday according the forecast.
Enjoy your day
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6. WatchinTheSky
10:10 PM GMT on August 30, 2014
I hear google is going to deliver using drones so the yummy waffle fish will be extra fresh! Our next door neighbors now have a Korean DIL (convinced the son to stay in Korea, for now anyway), they visited last year. The neighbors did early shopping at a local Korean mart (without DIL) and had the same problem figuring out what they were buying. Most of it worked out, but a couple items - hoo boy!
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5. GardenGrrl
2:19 PM GMT on August 30, 2014
Re WU Mail My mail box keeps insisting I have an un-opened WU mail. If you sent me something and I have not responded please resend it.

Hi Shirley, you win First! How cool to have deer in your yard. We used to be really country out here until a few years ago. No deer but had cows and buffalo across the street. Coyotes used to come by in the night to eat the peaches that fell off my tree. We still have the occasional possum or armadillo though.

Hi Briar, lol I was thinking that too except was thinking shouldn't H mart be on H Ave? It has cooled down with the rain. Will actually be pleasant out this weekend.
Nature shots take a bit more work around here these days. As they have pretty much paved over Lewisville and are turning farmland into northern suburbs, critters are getting hard to come by. Have a freeway and warehouses in my backyard that used to be pasture and woods.

Hi Ylee, I do want some of those hand towels. Tardis or Star Trek? emmm tough decision.
Didn't realize H Mart is a chain. The online store is neat in that we can read what the products are. Sure wish there was one closer but then again do I really need to have yummy waffle fish at my back door? Those things are so good.
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4. Ylee
1:34 PM GMT on August 30, 2014
Oh! This is cool!
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3. Ylee
1:20 PM GMT on August 30, 2014
Can't see the pics, but hey, they have an online store! They have a chain of these stores scattered throughout the country(Fairfax, Va. has one, but alas, not one near Lewisport). Oddly enough, they sell Spam....online! :' )
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2. BriarCraft
5:56 AM GMT on August 30, 2014
Off K Avenue is the H Mart? So where is K Mart?

um, sorrycouldn'thelpmyself Sometimes these thoughts just pop into my head and flow right down my arms and fingers to the keyboard. Know what I mean?

What a fun store -- reminds me of a Japanese super store I enjoyed in San Diego. Just the food court would make it a good find.

Gosh, I see by your weather widget that it's still 82° at 1:00AM your time and I know your days have been hothothot. No wonder you have been visiting stores and doing nighttime photography! At least you have gotten some good rain lately. Hope it cools down for you soon.
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1. WeatherWise
1:39 AM GMT on August 30, 2014
Sounds lovely and adventurous! Your meals sounds and looks like a feast! Glad you had a fun outing!

Today, I did a bit of housecleaning, laundry and real housework type stuff. However, right in the middle of it all - guess what? I had walked outside to hang out a rug that had gotten a bit wet. What to my wondering wundering eyes should appear but two beautiful deer - like reach out and touch them close. I don't know who was the most surprised, them or me. They were right there in front of me. After thinking for a second, the first one took off up the hill and out of sight. Then here came the other one flying for all it was worth up the hill and out of sight. Like what deer? Did I really see deer? Yes, indeed and just for a second we had an exchange of thoughts. Of course, no camera - only a rug in my hand.

This evening, my friend and I were just a walking and a talking when suddenly we spotted the deer over in the little churchyard - the doe and the baby. When it is so dark it is hard to get a good shot. I got several but reallly two that I liked. The baby was frisky and ran off in the woods so the mother followed. That was the end of that!




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