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