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Jan 16, 2007 11:30 PM

Which is best HMart,Uwajimaya or Ranch 99?

Which is best HMart,Uwajimaya or Ranch 99(and why)?

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  1. Ranch 99 - because I don't have to go half way across Seattle metro area to get to it :-)

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    1. re: paulj

      lmao Ranch99 has terrible fish though,all I ever see there is rotten fish with red eyes.Sometimes the Tilapia looks ok.They do deep fry for free which is cool.

      1. re: billjriv

        I've been happy with their salmon. I usually get steaks, occasionally fat rich belly strips. I haven't looked too closely at the whole fish on ice.


        1. re: paulj

          Ive seen some ok Salmon there too,most of the fish out on display rarely looks very appetizing to me but they always got lines of people there.I think some people like there fish aged somewhat.I'm not one of them.

          1. re: billjriv

            there are so many great places to go for fresh seafood in seattle, that i would be loathe to ever buy it from Ranch 99. There's a great fish market called Mutual Fish Company on Ranier and I remember a good chinese(?) one at the intersection of Jackson and Rainier? I think it's called Viet Hoa seafood...If the three stores mentioned in the OP are your only option for seafood, I'd go for uwajimaya.

            1. re: soypower

              Actually for most seafood I like the small oriental stores.I get the cheapest best stuff even though its frozen most places.Star Fruits here in Burien I get True Cod for $1.65 a lb.its frozen but excellent.Tilapia fillets $1.85.

              1. re: soypower

                I wholeheartedly agree with Mutual Fish Company's greatness for fresh fish. However, the question posed is asking for which market of the three is better? I believe it's because those three markets carry lots of Asian items.

              2. re: billjriv

                "they always got lines of people there.I think some people like there fish aged somewhat.I'm not one of them"

                Not sure what you mean by this. Most of the Asian people I know prefer picking live fish out of a tank.........

                The fish I saw at the Edmunds 99 Ranch looked fine. Didn't pay attention to the stuff in the Renton store but then there were very few people in there period.

        2. I think HMart is great if you're looking for Korean groceries, Uwajimaya is great for Japanese groceries, and Ranch 99 is good for Chinese groceries. Also, i think Uwajimaya is generally more upscale than HMart and Ranch 99 which are more bargain concious.

          1. Depends on what you are looking for.

            99 Ranch specializes in Northern Chinese.
            Uwajimaya specializes in Japanese.
            H Mart specializes in Korean.

            Depending on what you are looking for, you will be more successful at one or the other.

            In Seattle especially, the do tend to overlap, and if I had to pick one, I guess it would be 99 Ranch, but they don't carry nearly everything.

            Are you looking for anything in particular?

            1. South Snohomish Co has several good size Korean stores, one right across from 99, and a larger one in North Lynnwood.

              While 99 may be strongest in Chinese items, its clientele is quite diverse.


              1. Fyi, a large, new Asian market is preparing to open at the site vacated last year by Larry's on Aurora Ave (Oak Tree Village). I believe it is a Vietnamese grocery with a companion store on Jackson in the ID.


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                1. re: Sky

                  That's exciting! I miss Larry's but that might make me forget all about it. :o)

                  1. re: Sky

                    I was told that this store still has quite a bit of the Larry's stock, including the cheese. Some of this is on sale as they make the transition.