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Aug 17, 2009 08:58 AM

Korean food store

Anyone knows a good korean grocery store? A place where you can get decent (homemade) kimchi, kochujang, etc? Or can I get any of these in Chinatown?
I was thinking of doing my own Korean BBQ (I already bought the Soju).

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  1. Épicerie Coréenne et Japonaise
    6151 Sherbrooke O. (514) 487-1672

    This is the best place I know of, they have their own kimchi and other fermented products. Majority of the products are Korean, with some fun Japanese things thrown in I find.

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    1. re: devilishlyj

      I'll definitely second that. It's my go-to store for just about everything these days.

    2. Kim Phat
      3588 Goyer (737-2383)--opposite the Plaza Cote-des-Neiges

      This place is a paradise for Asians. Practically every nationality is represented here--I'll bet you can find an instant curry from the isolated Hmong hill tribe somewhere on these shelves. There's a whole aisle for ramen and assorted add-water snacks and soups, as well as dozens of kinds of dried noodles--Japanese-style men and soba and plenty of Chinese and Vietnamese varieties. If there is an Asian sauce available in Montreal, it'll be here. There's also a frozen section and a meat/fish/poultry counter, as well as a large and varied vegetable selection. Here is where you'll find your lemon grass and galangal. There's also a large selection of Caribbean foods. The clientele is a pretty equal mix of Oriental, South East Asian and Caribbean, and it's usually packed.

      It's actually a little difficult to find, being on a side street (Goyer) just off Cote-des-Neiges. Take the 165 or 535 up CDN to the Plaza. This place has other locations as well.

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      1. re: yeggy

        I beg to differ. You can't find half the things you would see at Epicerie Coréenne et Japonaise at Kim Phat. Kim Phat is good for Chinese and Vietnamese and not much else. Marché Hawaï is better for most things Southeast Asian, especially in the frozen dumpling department, but neither has the selection of Japanese and Korean foodstuffs you can find in Montreal's Korean stores.

      2. 2 places come to mind:

        Épicerie Coréenne et Japonaise
        2109 Sainte-Catherine (near du fort)

        In Gallerie du Parc

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        1. re: foodie_mtl

          Thanks for all the suggestions. I am bit surprised by Eden. I always though it was just a regular (expensive) grocery store.

          1. re: estilker

            Eden's a bit pricy but definitly carries a very good selection of korean and japanese products.
            We recently found a super fine rice flour there which we could find no where else.

            1. re: estilker

              Eden is run by Koreans, and you can find a good selection of Korean products there. And if you can't find it, they will at least know what you are looking for! It is a bit pricy, but the quality is excellent, and it is a nice option for those who are closer to downtown than NDG.

              I also love Epicerie Coreenne, and absolutely agree that if you are looking specifically for Korean, it is much better than Kim Phat and Marche Hawaii. Snackhappy is dead on in saying that Kim Phat is great for Chinese and Vietnamese and Marche Hawaii is great for Southeast Asian and Vietnamese. But although you can find Korean products at both places, the selection is much smaller than at Epicerie Coreenne.

              Epicerie Coreenne is my favorite, but another nice choice is Jam-Do Marche Oriental. There are two branches of this store. One is downtown on 2109 St. Catherine Street West, just east of Maison Bulgogi. It is smaller, but surprisingly well stocked. The other branch is on 2116 Decarie Blvd, it is slightly bigger. Both have excellent selection and reasonable prices. They offer a different selection of premade Korean side dishes than Epicierie Coreenne, and of course the kimchi is made by a different source. It is always nice to have options.

              Re: kimchi, I've had kimchi from both places. The kimchi is good, not great. Wherever you buy the kimchi, I recommend you leave it outside the fridge for at least a day or two to encourage more rapid fermentation, as they almost always sell it way underripe. But I warn you, the house won't smell so good. A basement cellar far away from the rest of the house is the best place to ferment the kimchi, if you are so lucky. After it gets going, then put it back in the fridge and taste and eat when it is fermented to your taste.

              My personal favorite kimchi is the young bachelor's kimchi at Epicerie coreene, made with small white diakon-like radish, the radish is about 3-4 inches long with the leaves still intact. I've had the best flavour profiles with this type of kimchi, again, after it has fermented a bit.