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Mar 8, 2008 10:50 AM

Pittsburgh - Korean Markets

Hi all,

I am searching for a Korean market in or near Pittsburgh, especially one that has already prepared foods, as well as groceries. In addition, I would like to find a place with very good Kimchee. Any advice?


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  1. There are a few places in the strip though I don't know their names. The one that I know has kimchee is a few door away from Penzey's Spices. Their the place that sell the chicken on a stick etc. in front of their store. I had my first kimchee from that store and I didn't like it. That was the last time I had kimchee too so I don't know if theirs isn't good or if I just don't like kimchee.

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    1. re: Rick

      That would be New Sambok, 1737 Penn.

      There's also Lotus just up the street, but that's more Pan-Asian (never bought anything Korean there). In Wilkinsburg there's a place called Pittsburgh Asian (or something close) on Penn. Never been inside, but I've seen it crowded.

      1. re: Panini Guy

        Thanks for the suggestions guys. I have not heard of New Sambok or Pittsburgh Asian, so I will have to look for those. Panini Guy, I have read many of your posts, and from some of the things that you have said, I am assuming that you have a restaurant. If so, can you tell us what and where it is?

        1. re: pontormo

          Pontormo - I wouldn't call it a "restaurant" and it would be inappropriate to list it here. But if you Google the screenname and SCAA, you'll figure it out.

          If you find good kimchee in town, let us know. Oddly, the only times I've had it were in Canada. While the process seems even more unappealing than sauerkraut, I was surprised at how tasty it is.

          1. re: Panini Guy

            Panini - hopefully I will be able to find some good kimchee, but from what I have seen and read, it sounds like it will be hard. It is not difficult to make, but it would just be so much more convenient to buy it. I found your place online, and will try it out when I am in that area.

            1. re: pontormo

              Sam Bok sells Kimchi - they have a fridge full of it. They make there own and also have it from manufacturers too. Sushi Kim down the street from Sam Bok is a nice Korean restaurant too.

              1. re: Oj467

                There is also a store in Oakland, on Fifth Ave near Craig street...maybe a little further down. Haven't been inside, so I couldn't tell you how it is.

                1. re: QSheba

                  I drive by it often, or, well, I did, until I changed my route to get over there. It's called Seoul Mart. I haven't been in either, but it clearly has some Korean stuff inside, although given its reasonable proximity to Pitt and areas where Pitt/CMU students may live, it may also serve as a more general convenience store. But then again there would be just a large number of Asian students in the area....

                  In fact, I dug up some info and you may want to check it out:

                  Brief mention in this story, plus a picture: http://americanradioworks.publicradio...

                  Pitt News story about "Step away from your meal plan" which runs down several ethnic groceries in Oakland:

    2. Tokyo Mart on Ellsworth in Shadyside has a good selection of Kim Chee. I don't like it, but my boyfriend likes it a lot - both the radish and cabbage. Their fish is also really top notch. Of course, it's Japanese and not Korean. I can't help much for a Korean grocer. But for Kimchee, check out Tokyo Mart.

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      1. re: PghFoodster

        For anyone in the East End/Shadyside area, the Korean church on S. Aiken is having a food fair today.

      2. I know of two places in addition to the above mentioned: Young's in Squirrel Hill. It's on the corner of Forward and Murray. There's also a place in Oakland (not Seoul mart) whose name escapes me, but it's on Atwood near India Garden. For what it's worth, I think most of these places buy their Kimchee supply from Korean supergrocery stores in DC.

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        1. re: Dayman

          Thanks to everyone for all of the information! Hopefully, I will not have to make my own Kimchee!