Legit Kimbap & Grocery Shopping at Hankook Market


This week on "Kingdom Koreatown," my mother and I give you a tour of Hankook Market. A couple weeks ago we went to Kyo Po Market. Both Korean grocery stores are recommended for different reasons. Depending on what product you're looking for, you would go to either. Some Korean restaurants shop at all the Korean markets for a particular ingredient.

Looking towards dried goods and fresh produce.

Looking towards dried goods and fresh produce.

The banchan (Korean side dishes) are set up in a very inviting manner. Near the fresh produce and mini food court, a wide range of seasoned vegetables and marinated meats are divided into a couple stations. I like to refer to the longest station as the "Side Dish Palace." What a pleasure for the eye to observe!

Side Dish Palace. What a tasty rainbow :)

Side Dish Palace. What a tasty rainbow :)

I advise shopping towards the noon and later in the day. Early in the day, side dishes are still being prepared. When my mother and I strolled in around 10:30am, several containers were empty. But don't come too late in the day either. They'll be gone, digesting in the people who beat you to them.

Seasoned lotus.

Seasoned lotus.

Yum yum in the tum tum.

Yum yum in the tum tum.

Glistening meats in the cooked food section.

Glistening meats in the cooked food section.

The food stations at a glance.

The food stations at a glance.

Can't wait to go home and eat your colorful side dishes? Head on over to the HK Super Deli, a small food shop at the back. They sell some of the tastiest Kimbap I've ever eaten! You don't have to be in Korea to have legitimately delicious Korean food. It's not about where it's made; it's about who made it.

Take the Kimbap rolls to-go or have a seat in the dining area. Take a look at the menu. The classic Korean dishes, including Bibimbap and Nengmyeon, are so affordable. All under $10 USD!

Stacks of kimbap ready to go. Come to mama!

Stacks of kimbap ready to go. Come to mama!

Considering how tasty the Korean rolls are, I'm excited to try the Bindaetteok (mung bean pancake) on our next visit! Sure, we could've ordered every single item just for the sake of trying, but these foods wouldn't taste as yummy if taken to-go. Kimbap can maintain its flavor and structure, but fried food, not as much.

Bindaetteok and jeon. Mung bean pancakes and savory Korean pancakes.

Bindaetteok and jeon. Mung bean pancakes and savory Korean pancakes.

My mother orders a bowl of Udon and two rolls of Kimbap. Don't forget to ask for a smaller bowl if you plan on sharing.

The Napa Cabbage Kimchi that comes with the noodles ranks on the top ten kimchi I've tried in Northern California. Slightly fermented. Made with love and care like the kimbap. You can taste it.

Udon with kimchi and kimbap.

Udon with kimchi and kimbap.

The Udon is simple and clean. The star ingredient I say is the spongy fried tofu. What a delight whenever you bite into a piece.

Baby bowl of udon.

Baby bowl of udon.

Of the items we tried, the Kimbap still outshines them all. Each slice is bigger than your average kimbap. But you won't mind having fat cheeks while chewing on them. Their taste is worth looking chubby!

Vegetarian kimbap. So good you won't care that there's no meat in it (if you're big on protein).

Vegetarian kimbap. So good you won't care that there's no meat in it (if you're big on protein).

Need a generous jar of kimchi? Rice cakes? There's no shortage. Native Koreans and foreigners alike can depend on Hankook Market. Ah yes, if you're not Korean, don't be shy. You'll be welcome here. During my visit I saw Chinese and Middle Eastern families as well. After all, this is America.

The kimchi section with random decorative leaves above.

The kimchi section with random decorative leaves above.

For those of you who love dessert, welcome to rice cake heaven.

For those of you who love dessert, welcome to rice cake heaven.

The storefront.

The storefront.

Hankook Market
(408) 244-0871
1092 E El Camino Real
Sunnyvale, CA 94087


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