Super H Mart Vs. Mitsuwa
I am frequently at Mitsuwa, and will be going to Super H for the first time. Is it as cool??
It's almost identical, from the vast produce offerings, to the many "storefront" shops surrounding the main supermarket, to the food court booths.
100 E. Algonquin Road
Arlington Heights IL
801 Civic Center Drive
Super H Mart is just a little bigger I think. I have not shopped at either often enough to compare prices btw them, but I do love the seafood selection at Super H and have been there 3x for their fresh fish selection.
Super H Mart is MUCH larger than Mitsuwa (except Mitsuwa's food court is bigger). Mitsuwa is Japanese; Super H Mart is mostly Korean (and pan-Asian in many respects) . Both are great...just different. Mitsuwa has more high-end stuff (wagyu beef, fresh wasabi, rice from Japan, etc.). Produce at Super H Mart is significantly cheaper and selection is much larger.
First thing you'll notice once you step into Super H Mart is the large produce section. As Pugman wrote, selection and prices in general are very good. Much, much better than Mitsuwa, but limited in Japanese produce. I did see nasu (eggplant), daikon (white radish), kyuri (cucumber) and Hachiya persimmons. We thought the flounder and pork cutlet were very good. A tofu shop recently opened where a freshly made block was going for $1.29. This is quite a deal since their tofu had a nice nutty taste compared to the usual blandness of the pre-packaged kind. There's a bakery but I prefer Hippo in Mitsuwa.
Rumor is that they are looking at the Schaumburg area for their 2nd location. One thing that annoyed me was that 4 different people tried to push a cd/dvd on me on a Sunday visit. I'm guessing these are of the religious kind.
H-Mart is wonderful, and if you are up in Niles I would also stop by Jerry's Fresh Market on Milwaukee which is MUCH different - tiny, cramped, packed with people - but has a wonderful selection of ethnic foods. Although living where you do, you could probably do equally as well at Valli on Golf Rd.
There is a new H-Mart coming, but to Naperville on Ogden Rd, not in Schaumberg, so alas maybe not that much more convenient from LITH. Good for me though, because I work right by it. It should open in the next week or two from the look of it.
IMHO, even though I'm Japanese-American and should have ethnic allegiance to Mitsuwa, H-Mart is a nicer place to buy. Great veggies and fruit, good deli experience, yummy food court booths (though Mitsuwa's were ethnically more familiar to me) I called them today asking if they carried gobo (burdock) using the japanese word, spoke to a fellow whose mother tongue was probably Korean, and got a clear answer about the quality of what he had available. I appreciate good customer service and good quality.