Another H-Mart Haul

Another H-Mart Haul

This is only my second trip to H-Mart and I honestly don’t know why I don’t go there every single week.
Oh wait, probably because I’d gain a ton of weight and have no more money.

This trip was special though. I had one item in mind: a Zojirushi rice cooker! I’ve been wanting one of these (and water boiler, but that’ll have to wait) for literally over 10 years. Why did I wait so long? I received a rice cooker from my mom as a moving gift that did the job. But it was honestly way too big for just the two of us and over its 8 year life span, the rice was starting to burn on the bottom. BONUS, the one in H-Mart was on sale! Cheaper than Amazon!

So while I was there, why not stock up on a ton of goodies. 🙂
(not everything is included in the picture)
Fresh fruit and vegetables, candy, snacks, LOTS of bakery items, super delicious lychee juice boxes, Rilakkuma note book and Hello Kitty pen (was going away for training and wanted something fun for note taking), Korean sheet masks, curry, and an adorable stuffed animal.

Not much else to say except if you have an H-Mart anywhere around you then it’s well worth checking out. You could purchase most of these items online but it will cost more (many H-Mart grocery items are cheaper than the regular grocery store) and you’ll most likely have to pay shipping. Also the fresh items are very fresh and you can to choose the exact one you want. Bring some friends and make it a field trip! As I mentioned in a previous entry about this store, there is a decent size food court, which alone is well worth the trip.

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First Trip to H Mart!

First Trip to H Mart!

All of these goodies and I used NONE of them in a bento. 😦
But I did eat it all (the picture above is not the entire haul)!

Imagine Costco but all Asian (and no membership required). That is what H Mart is. I went with a few friends after work one afternoon and took the trip to Burlington, MA. Not only is this a grocery store, there is also a pseudo anime shop, gigantic seafood section, Asian appliance section, tons of fresh produce, and AMAZING FOOD COURT! Fresh ramen, super fresh (and fairly cheap) sushi, bounties of Korean dishes (like soondubu jjigae and jjajang myeon)! Then there’s the bakery. Oh man, the bakery. I gained 10 pounds just walking in there but it was totally worth it.

Much of the produce (and there was more here than my local regular grocery store) was cheaper than at the conventional grocery store. Certainly cheaper than the local Asian market (most likely because they buy from here and have to mark it up). The price difference isn’t huge, but there is certainly potential to save money by shopping here if you buy these things often.

Juts a tip, shopping carts are not allowed in the food court (which is right by the entrance to the store). My suggestion would be to go in without a cart, get something to eat, then go back out and grab and cart and begin shopping. But don’t fill up in the food court because sample paradise awaits you (if you are shopping on the weekend).

There’s an entire room dedicated to kimchi. Oh yea, and you can sample ALL OF IT!

Pretty much the entire back wall of the store is seafood. Fresh, whole seafood. There’s a sign hanging with information on how you can order your fresh fish and you tell your fish monger which method you prefer (whole, gutted, head off, chopped up). And for the most part it’s CHEAP! I personally think this is a great way to sample different kinds of fish without blowing up your wallet. WARNING: there are TONS of fish to choose from! You might want to have a slight idea on what you would like to try beforehand or it can get a bit overwhelming.

I can go on and on about this place. Wish I knew about it sooner. Do yourself a favor and hop on Google to see if there is one by you. If you have any amount of interest in Asian ingredients you will not be disappointed.