A Beginner's Guide to America's Favorite Korean Grocery Store - K-Town

Published on Apr 21, 2018
On today's episode of K-Town, Matthew Kang is at H Mart- a Korean grocery store chain that is expanding rapidly in America. For first time shoppers, H Mart can be daunting, but Matthew is here with five tips to help newcomers navigate the aisles.
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  • Wow thank u for your reviewing

  • $13 for that mixed sashimi platter? Damn, I'd eat that all day everyday if only I had access to it.

  • No, Korean instant ramen is not the best in the world since you haven't try out Taiwan instant ramen...especially the one that includes real chunky meats.

  • It looks a little Americanised

  • When I go to hmart.com I am looking for kalguksoo ramen but haven't been able to find it

  • Great video

  • I love Hmart so very much. I have to drive an hour to get there but no sweat for all those yummies!

  • Overpriced!!!!! All overpriced, I only buy the ramen the extra hot. And I eat the Korean sushi as lunch sometimes. It’s better than McDonald’s

  • Everyone can tell by your gut you love carbs.

  • Love H-Mart we have two in my area about 25 minutes from my house and they are less then 5 minutes down the street from each other. Have to go soon to get my hot pepper paste. The best place to shop for produce, prices are always good and the options are amazing.

  • yay they just opened one in my city

  • I drive an hour & a half to get to my closest HMart. Worth every agonizing minute on the DC beltway. Wish they kept up a better supply of kimbap. They're often out. Also, the jars of kimchi are very good, but the plastic boxes of fresh kimchi made in Maspeth, Queens is AMAZING. I'm eating some right now.

  • Hey man, I enjoy your show and respect the love you're bringing for Korean food, but your lack of Korean knowledge is kind of disappointing. For example, that ramen is pronounced booshuh, not booshu. Booshuh is a word that anyone who grew up with Korean should know. Han Ah Reum means "arm full," not "one arm."

  • You need more subs I’m gonna share this vid

  • This guy is way better than that annoying bitch from Epicurious. At least he seems to know what he's talking about.

  • Not a good video..way too off the topic and pretty much useless to those who are new to h mart. Smh

  • will eater ever cover dog meat? I hear it's a Korean favorite.

  • I try to purposely support local small marts instead.

  • That sashimi looked huge for 12.99 3:43

  • Hanarum doesn't mean one arm. It means as much you can hold between two arms

  • This mans just said 뿌스뿌스 instead of 뿌셔뿌셔.......

  • I love my H-Mart😘😘😘

  • They don’t ship to Puerto Rico! 😭

  • PUSHUPUSHU/BUSHUBUSHU could live at hmart until I'm retired and i'd be good

  • he said bushu bushu smh

  • H Mart in Paramus, NJ opened today what upppp!

  • H-Mart is overpriced. Go to a nearby Asian market and you will find same items for less prices.

    • Depends on where you live though. The ones in my city don't have a large selection so people drive 6 hours to Atlanta just for HMart

  • We need an H mart in Hawaii. C'mon. We'll make it profitable, I promise.

  • I live in NYC and I've never heard of H Mart... now I wanna go

  • only 13 dollars for all that sashimi? Damn lucky.

  • H-mart is expensive. Go to local small asian stores bc they tend to be cheaper and as authentic if not more!!

  • 00:11 haaaaaa

  • *YES HMART*

  • I wish they had one in South Florida

  • We have a gmart nearby... no kimbap though. It’s actually super lame. Wish we had H mart.

  • W

  • Informative, well-made and fun to watch video! But just to point out a huge pet peeve o' mine, eating in any grocery store without paying for it first is a NO-NO. If you gotta do it, go to the customer service desk and ask (giving the host the benefit of the doubt, maybe he already got permission). Also, from my past experience, if you visit Hmart on the weekends, they do have sample stalls set up.

    • Excellent!

    • We were given permission from the store to eat while we walked around and all of the groceries opened or otherwise were purchased after we finished filming this episode. Thanks for watching!

  • I've always wanted to go to H Mart, but I'm a black girl who knows no korean and I'm scared people are going to look at me and judge me.....

  • I love Hmart 😄

  • I didn't think I needed this video but I did because I literally do not know what is good whenever i step into h mart and i'm constantly googling stuff

  • Ugh I need the Korean sushi pls 🍣

  • I am so lucky to live where I do, I have access to HMart as well as Thai, Cambodian and Chinese markets.

  • I just read the yelp reviews for the H Mart on 38 west 32nd street here in NY and their saying a lot of negative things about the experiences they had at this market... I wonder if it's true or not cause I wanted to shop there but I'm having second thoughts after what I read.

    • @Dennis Staughton I still keep thinking about going I just might.

    • cturner1180 It's Midtown. OF COURSE they're complaining. That's what they do. And "they" probably aren't even Korean. Lived near there for years. It's not Flushing, but it's decent. So go. P.s. If that's you... wow. Better than K-Pop. Lol

  • h mart is wayyyyy over priced

  • I really like you content!! Can you do a video where you go around the grocery store, pick things you like out and the do a mukbang? I’d love to see that. :)

  • I cannot stress tip #4 enough. Try the kimbap and thank me later. Don't get anything weird the first time. The beef one is legit.

  • Also, if you don't want to pay full price on their premade food, go after I think its 630? almost 50% off on many items.

  • Palama Super Market in Hawaii!

  • the prices look really good! I shoulf have taken more advantage of hmart when I lived near one

  • $13 for that phat platter of sashimi? Amazing! I would be bringing that to work every day with a cup or two of rice made in the morning which I could nuke and drench in soy. I have a hypermetabolism so eat 1200 calories for lunch easily. I would likely have a half-pound of edamame to go with it all. It would be a good break from my usual 2 pound burrito from my favorite Mexican hole-in-the-wall. I would switch up between the sashimi and the maki. When my wife and I get take-out from our favorite sushi place they always include 4 place settings because they can't believe we can pack down that much (we are both world-class surfers so we burn calories like nuclear plants - think Mike Phelps).

    • "World class" does not mean on the professional tour. But I have surfed many famous breaks around the world under heavy conditions including hurricanes, etc. I never had interest in contests because it held no thrill for me and I surf to relax. Nevertheless learn the difference between being "world class" and "world ranked" (hint: one means able to safely surf anywhere and the other means being in the professional rankings) before popping off with some lame "lesson" for a guy who was on the Internet before you were born.

    • The really astounding thing is that someone would go to such a collosal waste of time to "expose" someone who is hiding nothing - who in fact goes to great lengths to put himself out in the public. Do you truly have nothing better to do than hide in your mom's basement solving "mysteries" nobody cares about? I was a water athlete for years and in addition to my hyperactive metabolism was constantly on the move. That burns calories like nothing you have ever experienced in your most fervent cosplay sessions, and certainly more than during your incessant masturbation due to your omnipresent sexual frustrations. I have surfed exotic spots around the world most of which you will only see in photographs (if you're even that lucky - you certainly lack the skill required to navigate them without leaving part of yourself on the reefs as fish snacks). I used a present-tense because it's much simplier than giving a lesson in the differences between the Peripheral and Central Nervous systems, and the Secondary Nervous System. Good for you, you found the ALS Association website. You learned exactly nothing from it either (can't really blame that on you - ALSA sucks). Have you ever heard of mechanical ventilation? That's how I am alive now. Most Person(s) with ALS (PALS) choose to die simply due to the extreme expense of the necessary 24/7/365 people to be on hand in case something happens to the vent. You read just enough to say "ah ha! I got him now!" and then immediately ceased after getting your insignificant little scoop. You then promptly learned exactly nothing about reality. Yeah for a about two years after diagnosis I continued with my high-calories diet and paddling around the shore for exercise. And it was also to keep weight from dropping which is a serious problem for PALS. I can gladly educate you on anything you would want to know about ALS. I am a member of the American Academy of Neurology. I am also part of several boards of various research and advocacy organizations. You can look all that up online too if you're still in your "Inspector Clouseau" mode.

    • So i was curious about your random ass bragging out of nowhere, claiming to eat more than normally possible, and being a world class surfer. Surely your name would be on the internet somewhere in connection with surfing. But to my surprise i find your twitter account (named Surfving or something like that, so far so good), but then you claim to have had ALS since 2005... So now i'm real confused, because half of people with ALS die within 3 years of getting diagnosed, and certainly nobody who has had ALS for over 10 years is a world class surfer eating like Matt Stonie... Why lie on the internet, man? In just random youtube comments... there's absolutely no good that can come of it, you're simply just wasting your time.

  • I wouldn’t eat anything from the deli section at the hmart near me, nor the prepared foods. I also don’t buy fish or meat there. Doesn’t look fresh at all. I don’t know if its because it’s a smaller store so there’s less product turn over, but I don’t want to get food poisoning!

  • W.T.F I GO TO THAT H-MART

  • Shave the stache

  • That’s some cheap sushi! I wish I have h mart :(

  • I went to my local H Mart the other day and finally was able to purchase to Samyung x2 Spicy Ramen.

  • 13 bucks for sashimi, that much wow

  • It's like the Whole Foods of Korean Food. Think I will stick to my Mom and Pop ones here in Hawaii!

  • So kimchee is just napa cabbage and sea salt? smh

  • I went to one in Chicago to eat and there was way too many people... but they got a nice selection but price wise I got no idea because America has so many Korean markets.

  • That 50 pound bag did not contain salt, but rather soya - as can be read on the bag...🤔

  • Where's the 99 Ranch love?

  • UGHHHH PLEASE HAVE AN H MART IN TAMPA, FLORIDA!!!!!!!

  • well, with such a ton of food to choose from, a lot of it just gets thrown away :(

  • Filipino food pls!

  • excellent video well done

  • Can’t wait for Australia to have something like this 😢

  • LOL H Mart is Cool!

  • STRAIGHT TO THE FISH SECTION!

  • I’ve been to all the H Marts in the Bay Area. They have shitty banchans, kimchi and food ready to eat.

  • Instant noodles is not Ramen!

  • Type in the comment section below your favorite eaters show. Personally, mine is The Meat Show

  • i've learned an absurd amount about korean culture from this series

  • Nice H mart promotion.

  • As a Korean-born American, you’re doing it right

  • When is your freakin Korea fetish allready over? I loved that channel but niw its nothing else but Korean stuff...

  • Never been to those but I miss the Hong Kong market and 99 Ranch in Houston. Screw NW Florida. Aint shit here.

  • Aren't sashimi, ramen, & sushi Japanese food?

  • I love Hmart! I got small spicy crab and it was yummy!

  • There indomie goreng, i am from Indonesia by the way

  • "Korean Instant Ramen, might be the best in the world!" Indomie: "Hello there, can we talk for a minute?"

  • What i love about H mart is that they created a pemium asian grocery shopping experience. By premiuim, I don't mean expensive because they beat out most places in terms of price. What i mean is that if you go to a H mart, the produce and fish and meat are always fresh. I have been to H marts in NY, Atlanta, Seattle, and Chicago, and none of them failed me in that regards. I currently live in a small town, and if you go to an asian grocery store, often times it'll be slightly dusty, the frozen section hasn't been restocked in forever, and the produce is only fresh about once a week if you're lucky. However, in my town that's the best I got so that's where I go.

  • Epicurious?

  • At least H-Mart is clean and hygienic.... unlike that 99 Ranch Market

  • Are Koreans the most populous Asian ethnic group in the USA?

  • Bro, shave that weak ass dirt you call a mustache.

  • you better have paid for that because that is rude and in some places illegal as fuck, the store doesnt know if you are planning on paying for it or not, even if they did it is still really rude

  • If you are a fan of instant noodles, you MUST TRY KOREAN INSTANT NOODLES

    • let me know of some brands to try i always like to grab one or 2 i havent tried when picking them up, for usually mere cents why not risk the disappointment...

  • My Favorite Korean Grocery Store !

  • Now we know which pocket Matt keeps his cell phone in LOL

  • When is the episode on samgyetang or sullungtang or sujebee or yukhoe coming? Pre-oblideration North Korean cuisine? Korean sauce factory? And the things that you could find perhaps only places like Jang Su Jang or Sura? I'm not Korean, so I don't know any more Korean dishes.

  • An H Mart opened near my home to replace a Ralphs. Aside from great variety of seafood and Korean prepared foods, pantry goods and veggies seem cheaper at the HK/Taiwan supermarkets around SGV.

  • H mart is my life!!!!!!!!!!

  • I shop S Mart.

  • buset ada indomie diantara mie mie itu 1:56

  • this is the Hmart in Plano, Tx. I come here like twice every week OMG

    • ngan vi I go to the one in Carrollton. I had to limit myself once a week.

  • Am I the only one who noticed that at 2:17 he opened that bag of ramen inside the store and ate it before paying? Just thought that was kind of weird.

    • Yes you’re the only that noticed it.

    • ive also never seen anyone do that either at hmarts here or supermarkets in asia...

    • Nicholas Lee they probably paid it before or after.

  • H mart in diamond bar is pretty good. love the marinated meats and sides section. definitely beats 99 ranch. even the people who pack your groceries at H mart are nice. Japanese supermarkets are number 1, Korean number 2 and 99 ranch number 3. excluding American markets of course.

  • Are they gonna open in Miami?

  • How do small mom and pop groceries do in markets with HMarts? This might be a dumb question but this Midwesterner is curious.

  • Hmart is expensive compared to other Asian supermarkets. Quality is the same too.

    • Al Krab not really. most other Asian markets are Chinese (cantonese) and/or taiwanese owned and it's dirty and unorganized. they also don't sell a lot of Japanese and Korean stuff so if you want QUALITY Japanese and Korean markets are the way to go. at least the last time I checked it was.