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Is Lotte still open?

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nosey Jul 28, 2008 07:27 PM

At one point I heard that the Health Dept. had an issue there. Did they re-open? If not, I need an Asian market as close to Annapolis as I can get. Any suggestions?

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    chowsearch RE: nosey Jul 28, 2008 09:05 PM

    they reopened. Hanh Ah Reum is closer at rt 40/rolling rd.

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      nosey RE: chowsearch Jul 29, 2008 07:43 PM

      Is it really closer to Annapolis? Does it smell better?

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        chowsearch RE: nosey Jul 29, 2008 10:21 PM

        It's just a bit closer, still on rt 40 just outside the beltway by the double t and yes it smells better

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          Jason1 RE: chowsearch Jul 30, 2008 05:57 AM

          I would say Lotte's more direct to Annapolis, just take 100-29-40 and you're there. H-Mart is a little further, but the better store by far. I've yet to find a good Asian market, or really an acceptable Asia market, in Anne Arundel county.

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          HowChowBlog RE: nosey Jul 31, 2008 07:58 AM

          H Mart is way better. Better food. Better smell. They redid the fish section about a year ago, and I haven't gone back to Lotte. Well worth driving to Rolling Road even though I pass Lottee on the way. I blogged about the popped rice bowls, the fish section, etc. http://howchow.blogspot.com/search/la...

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            chowsearch RE: HowChowBlog Jul 31, 2008 09:41 AM

            So to keep it straight, H-Mart and Hanh Ah reum are different places both on Rolling Rd? Is H Mart in the Sears shopping center? Or is H Mart a nickname for Hanh Ah Reum?

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              Jason1 RE: chowsearch Jul 31, 2008 09:54 AM

              H-Mart's the new name for Hanh Ah Rheum.

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                chowsearch RE: Jason1 Jul 31, 2008 11:32 AM

                Thank you for straightening me out. BTW, just north on Rolling on the other side of 40, Wong Gai BI is a new Korean table grill place that looks tasty.

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        jwoo RE: nosey Jul 30, 2008 03:05 AM

        It did reopen. There is a Korean Korner in Rockville, as well as a Lotte in there too. I'm not sure if those are closer to you...

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          ILoveBacon RE: nosey Jul 31, 2008 01:10 PM

          I went to Lotte this weekend and walked right back out due to the stench. Apparently, getting shut down by the health department only a few months ago for rotting produce/meats/goods didn't make a lasting impression to its management.

          Lotte is located on Rt. 40 in Ellicott City and caters to a mostly Korean clientele. Han Ah Reum (aka H-Mart) is located on Rt. 40 in Catonsville and provides a more wide-range of Asian (Indian, Thai, Vietnamese, etc.) products.

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            sallyneko RE: nosey Jul 31, 2008 02:15 PM

            Lotte only closed a few weeks. H-Mart may be better than Lotte, but I think it depends on everyone's tastes. I go to H-mart when I need a rice. H-mart has better rice selections (I am Japanase so rice is important).
            I have heard that a new Asian (international?) grocery store will open on August at Glen Burnie at the route 2 @old Giant site.

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              nosey RE: sallyneko Jul 31, 2008 03:23 PM

              Is it true? I can't wait!

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                Jason1 RE: nosey Aug 1, 2008 05:52 AM

                That would be fantastic news for Anne Arundel county! Does anyone have any more details on this?

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                  sallyneko RE: nosey Aug 1, 2008 01:29 PM

                  The store is called "Fresh World Maket", my friend said that it must be the same store already has established in Virginia. The place is near the Marley Station Mall. I do not know the name of the shopping mall; which between the Route 2 and Mountain Road, behind the Boston Market. The site used to be Giant.

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                    nosey RE: sallyneko Aug 1, 2008 05:45 PM

                    I just saw it today. It is at what used to be called Southdale across from Ann's Dairy Creme, home of the best foot long hot dogs!

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                      sallyneko RE: nosey Aug 2, 2008 06:38 PM

                      Oops, yes it is not between R2 and Mountain Road, I sometime have passed the area but my memory is not right. The Market will open in middle of Aug.?
                      I know Ann's, I will try the dogs next time.

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                  gcrkc RE: sallyneko Jul 31, 2008 04:41 PM

                  I agree with that. I prefer Lotte for the banchan and other food prepared there. HMart has a better fish market and is probably a little more sanitary.

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                    sallyneko RE: gcrkc Aug 2, 2008 06:50 PM

                    I like Lotte's prepared food such as a soft tofu soup, seasoned seaweed salad, seasoned boiled eggs, kimuchi. I think these are very tasty. I also prefer the food court in Lotte. Yes H mart is newer & cleaner but too busy sometime... I love both bakeries in Lotte & H mart.

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                      nosey RE: sallyneko Aug 2, 2008 06:56 PM

                      What do you get at the bakery? I'm at a complete loss when I look at the stuff.

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                        HowChowBlog RE: nosey Aug 3, 2008 03:11 PM

                        Two bakery ideas: 1) The small rice pastries filled with sweet red bean paste at either Lotte or H Mart. The consistency is like marzipan, but it is a lighter flavor. They come in plastic-wrapped packages -- maybe a dozen or so for $3-4. At H Mart, they're usually green and white. (Look at the ingredients to see if it says red bean.) They're best the same day and shouldn't be refrigerated. 2) A red bean or "potato salad" donut at the bakery in H Mart. The red bean donut is a donut with the same sweet paste. The "potato salad" is basically a barely sweet donut with no filing. I have no idea where it got its name. It's as sweet as a biscuit or maybe corn bread.

                        (There is also La Boulangarie Bakery across the parking lot from Lotte. They have many great steamed and baked pastries, and the ingredients tell you about the filing. They're like $2 each, so you can sample. I posted about that here: http://howchow.blogspot.com/search/la... )

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                          Jason1 RE: HowChowBlog Aug 4, 2008 06:28 AM

                          My favorite is the rice donut when they have it...a rice-based donut rolled in sugar, no filling. I'm not a big fan of some of the other item's, particularly the two mentioned above.

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                          sallyneko RE: nosey Aug 4, 2008 08:19 AM

                          I always buy a white bread. This is very different from ordinary american breads. Moist & soft, I cannnot find anywhere but Asian bakeries. I also buy a red bean paste bread ("an-pan" in Japanese; a bun filled with sweet red bean paste), green bean version, curry doughnuts (this is like a Russian piroshki, filled with curry flavored meat & vegie paste). I also like a bun with bean paste filling (looks like Dunkin's "Munchkins"). There are several fravored cream filling breads; custard-cream, mocha, strawberry, & chocholate; they are all my favorite. If the sweet beans are not your taste, try those cream filled breads. Additionally, a jelly roll (Swiss roll?) is also yummy. Just in case if you do not know what is the bread filled with a red bean paste: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anpan

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