Korean Grocery, Union City
When I poked my head into Gulistan to see a menu, we also noticed a small Korean grocer in the same strip mall over by Jiro Restaurant. Compact, but quite complete in terms of seasonings and also has a small selection of fresh produce used in Korean cooking. Even more impressive, it has a cold bar set up with panchan and marinated meats sold by weight. You serve yourself using the disposable chopsticks provided.
Francesc selected three kinds, and of course, I had to taste them immediately back in the car. The seaweed salad had a strong sesame signature and a bit of tartness. The kimchi made with what I think is Chinese bellflower was quite delicious with chili heat and abundant garlic. My favorite was the sticky sweet dried cuttlefish floss.
Nice little store.
Image of store façade and panchan bar –
34555 Alvarado Niles Rd (off Decoto
)Union City, CA 94587
Nearby businesses –
Gulistan – Bangladeshi in Union City,
Jiro Restaurant in Union City,
re: Melanie Wong
It also looks to me to be the dried radish kimchi. It should have a nice chewy texture yet slight crunch at the core when bitten in. I really enjoyed this growing up and one of my favorite panchan items, though we don't see it that often at restaurants.
That grocery store seems to be one of the few Korean groceries around Fremont/Newark/Union City area. The other one I remember being near Mowry/Fremont in Fremont.
re: Melanie Wong
I think the fact that the shreds still looked gnarly and not totally sticklike is a good sign. For this dish, the dried radish is reconstituted for a period of time in water, yet it shouldn't be totally reconstituted or it will be waterlogged and not have that chewy yet crunchy texture. However, of course some places will soak it longer because they get more money that way. Hmm, too bad I"m not in the area, sounds promising.