Korean Grocery Tour!

Have you ever been to an ethnic market and feel a little lost in translation? Curious about ethnic ingredients and want to learn more about them? Interested in finding some great deals on fresh fruits/vegetables and exotic ingredients at reasonable prices?

Well I welcomed folks from my Chicago Cooks & Bakers group to join me as I explore Chicagoland ethnic markets. I've always been interested in learning about new, unfamiliar cooking ingredients of other cultures. We're fortunate that Chicago has many ethnic shops & markets and I'd like to take advantage of them.

Today, I headed out to the suburb of Niles, IL to peruse the aisles of Super H Mart, a supermarket focused on Asian (Korean) foodstuff. I provided those that attended with some general information on Korean cuisine, a listing of Korean ingredients commonly used, information on additional Korean stores in the Chicagoland area and a bulgogi recipe. It was a great time and we all came out with some deals on produce and Asian foodstuff to try out. Here are some pics from the Korean Grocery Tour I hosted:
Enjoying lunch...
Colorful Cauliflower!
Making Kim Chee...


  1. I used to live in Korea (Dad was in the Army growing up). Seeing all of that yummy food brought back lots of memories! I need to look up a good Korean store around me and try to make something!

    ~A Nestie

  2. Mmmmm The spicy jam pong noodles is so delicious!

  3. That sounds like a great informational trip. I hope everyone enjoyed it and that you learned a lot.

  4. Ah, I love Super H! Korean grocery stores are always so fun, like barely organized chaos. My poor hubby only lasts a few minutes before his eyes start glazing over. :)~