Never in a million years did I ever expect to be able to find a gallon-size container of spicy kim chee along with a bag of Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free flour in the same supermarket.
It’s like I’ve died and gone to heaven where my two favorite genre of foods have come together. But no, it’s actually H-Mart.
H-Mart is a Korean supermarket chain that’s a bit like an Asian Costco (yes, they have demo stations with delicious Asian foods like pan-fried fish, mochi ice cream and dumplings/potstickers), but they have some American foods too – mostly organic, gluten-free and eco-friendly brands. They just opened up in San Diego.
There’s even a takeout area with hot foods like BBQ Korean dishes like kalbi and chicken, or you can get cold items from a salad-bar area filled with kim chee. I cannot contain my excitement over this plethora of kim chee – I could eat it every day. And surprisingly, kim chee is really good for you because they contain probiotics. I’ve heard the Parisian-style bakery is delicious too.
I was hoping for more organic produce, but I think you’ll have to go elsewhere for it. Though if you need Asian greens like ong-choy or watercress, this is the place to go.
My favorite part of this grocery store (apart from the free food and selection of American organic food) was the checkout area. There’s no M&Ms. There’s no crappy candy filled with artificial dyes and sweeteners. There’s organic gummy bears, lollipops, and a few chocolate bars. Hallelujah.
What kind of fusion would you like to see at your grocery store?