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Aug 4, 2006 11:36 PM

[MSP] Kim's Oriental Foods and Gifts

In search of "chili threads" (see Alice's post from earlier today) I stopped by this unassuming little Korean market on Snelling this afternoon. It doesn't look like much on the outside, but, on the inside, woo what a treasure trove! They had several refrigerated cases stocked with all kinds of goodies, tofus, vegetables, spices, and red bean cakes; and several freezer cases packed with many varieties of fish, frozen dumplings, sweets and noodles; and then a few aisles piled high with dried goods, including teas, noodles, rice, oils, and more sweets.

I bought a red bean cake from the refrigerated case, some frozen dumplings, green tea ice cream, and a package of what I think might be "chili threads" (the package reads "yeongyang red pepper sliced) and the ingredients list is "hot pepper".

Anyway, if you're looking for a wonderful little Asian market in St. Paul, this place is terrific. The woman at the counter (Mrs. Kim, perhaps? I'm afraid I didn't ask) tells me they've been in business at this location for 30 years.

Kim's Oriental Foods and Gifts
689 Snelling Ave N
St Paul, MN 55104
(651) 646-0428


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  1. One of my (half Korean) co-workers swears by the Kim Chi they have in the refrigerator case - the stuff is shipped in from Chicago.

    1. I took an ethnic foods tour with Carl Anschultz (sp?) through the Kitchen Window cooking 'school', and this was one of the stops. Unassuming is the right word, but fun at the same time. I should go back! Thanks for the reminder.

      1. This place is so close to my house it is sort of embarassing that I have not been there. I will make it my mission to get there in the next few days, chowbaby and Paz in tow. I wonder how chowbaby will like kimchi. . .

        1. Actually, the woman in line in front of me at Kim's had two chow-pups along and was buying red bean cakes. The woman at the register asked, "You like these?" and the customer pointed at her young son, "He does." I think if you start the pups young, they are likely to be more adventurous eaters.

          I'll have to try the kim chee.

          A friend of mine who lived in Korea for about a year swears by Kim's. (This I learn AFTER discovering it on "my own.")


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