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Nov 29, 2006 10:45 PM

Korean groceries in the SF area?

Are there any good Korean supermarkets in the SF area? Whenever I'm in Los Angeles on business, I always head over to Assi in Koreatown to load up on kimchee, assorted pickles, stir-fried anchovies, and marinated meats. Would like a local option.


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  1. Kuk Je in Daly City is probably your best option if you're in SF.

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    1. re: kc72

      I agree that this is probably the best one stop shop if you live in SF (and especially if you live in the Mission). Bigger than Koreana Plaza in Oakland (although the possibility of lunch at Seoul Gom Tang works its way into the equation). Have not tried any of the prepared foods, but good selection of all the staples.

      Kuk Je
      2350 Junipero Serra
      Daly City

    2. There is a small "Koreatown" in Oakland between downtown and the Temescal district (roughly Telegraph Avenue from 27th to 47th Streets.) You can find lots of Korean restaurants and shops there. You could also try Webster Street in the 20s. It's accessible (with a short walk) from Bart - 19th Street for the downtown end or MacArthur for the Temescal end.

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      1. re: mcchowhound

        There's a medium-sized Korean grocery store, Koreana Plaza, at 2328 Telegraph.

        Earlier topic on this subject:

        1. re: mcchowhound

          There are also a few stores on 14th and 13th Street near Franklin. I think the above Koreatown is a better bet, though.

        2. Thanks! I'll definitely check those out.

          1. There's also a small Korean grocery store on Fillmore just a few yards south of Geary Boulevard in San Francisco if that's more convenient.

            1. I believe it's called the Woori Food Market. It's pretty small, not much bigger than a large convenience store but they've got most of the basics plus a small produce section with asian vegetables. They've also got some pre-marinated meats and a couple small packages of panchan.

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              1. re: jeffreak

                Do they have GIANT JARS OF KIMCHEE? I require this!

                1. re: Kosmonaut

                  I live in the apartment complex above Woori and shop there often. Yes, they have the giant jars of kimchee was well as a number of daily made specials.

                  1. re: Carrie 218

                    Their house made specials are usually really good. They are located by the register. They also have a very tasty blood sausage (mixed with rice) if you are into that kind of treat.

                    1. re: Carrie 218

                      I just moved to the area, what else do you like at Woori?