I’ve been to a lot of Asian markets all over the Midwest but I have to say the one here in Dallas, Texas called the H Mart is probably one of the most interesting and diverse. As you walk in through the door, you’ll notice how bright and fresh everything is. And very plenty. I mean, North Texas is not exactly where you find a variety of fish being sold in the markets. When I saw the stuff they sell at the H Mart, I got excited.
The Korean food court. Well, majority of the food you can eat are Korean, but there are Chinese delicacies. Oddly enough, because we didn’t have too much time to roam around, we settled for the dumplings, Korean-style. Scrumptious, yes. I was not a big fan of the steamed pork buns. They just tasted like frozen food to me. But looking at the variety of stuff in the menu (most I can’t even comprehend but would be willing to sample!), I realize that the addition of gourmet food court in any food market can add up to the profit. People want to stop and grab a snack after a few hours of shopping.
The selection and variety of goods. Even drinks from Spain and Russia? Yay. The wine selection was very interesting. Apart from the fish, there wasn’t much to say about the seafood section (maybe it wasn’t the season). We took home fresh herring, flounder, and spanish mackerel. Nothing beats the prepared food section. Koreans are notorious for putting strong condiments in their meat and vegetables. Even my husband and I taught ourselves to make Korean cucumber salad. They all looked very fresh and wonderful to try.
Mostly Korean. So you’re not Korean and neither am I. It’s just a matter of being adventurous. There are a lot of Vietnamese, Thai, Japanese, Filipino, and Chinese goodies on the shelves. With weird names, of course. But a great percentage of items is Korean. If you’re picky about where your food is coming from, you have to check the manufacturer’s address.
Shopping at the H Mart was a fun experience. We brought home plenty of things we couldn’t find in most Asian markets in Texas and everywhere in the Midwest (except probably one in Houston). Items such as frozen Bulgogi (ick!), fish, kropeck, and unusually named drinks (XXX rootbeer, anyone?). I would go back if and when I get the chance. The place is huge. You’d have to reserve a few good hours to explore, if you’re new in the area. Note that we heard about this place just by word of mouth. The H Mart is indeed, one of the top places to check out when you’re looking for Asian goodies in Dallas, Texas.