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Crying in H Mart

 

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Ever since my mom died, I cry in H Mart. For those of you who don’t know, H Mart is a supermarket chain that specializes in Asian food. The “H” stands for han ah reum, a Korean phrase that roughly translates to “one arm full of groceries.” H Mart is where parachute kids go to get the exact brand of instant noodles that reminds them of home. It’s where Korean families buy rice cakes to make tteokguk, a beef soup that brings in the New Year. It’s the only place where you can find a giant vat of peeled garlic, because it’s the only place that truly understands how much garlic you’ll need for the kind of food your people eat.

 

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29 minutes ago, Alex said:

Ever since my mom died, I cry in H Mart. 

 Thanks for sharing this.   Resonated on many levels.

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great piece!

 

Ive never made it to H Mart. They are at least 90 min away. 

 

We we have a couple big Asian markets near enough. But sanitation is questionable (eg chicken in wrapped foam trays sitting in fetid chicken juices that have been there for who knows how long and ooze over towards the pork belly) and I'll only buy packaged stuff there. 

 

I guess i need an excuse to go to Upper Darby. 

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11 hours ago, gfweb said:

great piece!

 

Ive never made it to H Mart. They are at least 90 min away. 

 

We we have a couple big Asian markets near enough. But sanitation is questionable (eg chicken in wrapped foam trays sitting in fetid chicken juices that have been there for who knows how long and ooze over towards the pork belly) and I'll only buy packaged stuff there. 

 

 

There's nothing questionable about sanitation at the big Asian market near me.  It's terrible.  They have a very big and varied fish section, but I wouldn't touch any of the seafood there without wearing disposable gloves - food safe gloves of course.

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An H Mart opened in Chicago recently -- and in the West Loop, not the far burbs! It's become part of my regular shopping circuit when I'm in town.

 

BTW, the author of the New Yorker article, Michelle Zauner, is not only a talented writer, but a talented musician.

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