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Sep 30, 2009 03:27 PM

first bad experience with H-Mart in Burlington

I went shopping to H-Mart first time last evening and among other things, I bought what was labeled: boneless chicken tights. Tonight, I opened the package and discovered that while the meat has skin removed, the bones were left in.
However to make things worse, the meat is inedible because it is spoiled, despite 'sale by date' set for October 4th.
I wrapped the spoiled meat in plastic bag and put it back in the fridge. Tomorrow I am going to take it back to H-Mart. I will let you know how they handle the return.

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    1. I bet the store will more than make up for your poor experience.

      1. re: three of us

        I didn't make to H-Mart as planned so after three days of keeping the meat (thighs, not tights :-) ) in the fridge, I threw out the whole package. Next time I will double check the purchase right after paying for it.

    2. I expect H-Mart will be even more unhappy than you are. It's the kind of thing that they would have nightmares about (spoiled meat/poultry at a new regional flagship store).

      1. Yeah, those "chicken tights" spoil pretty fast. Don't buy them if the eyes are opaque. ;-D

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        1. re: greygarious

          Maybe the fishnets last longer?

          1. re: greygarious

            you could boil it and make chicken sock

            1. re: Prav

              Actually, Frank Perdue's son sells a line of chicken tights on the Home Shopping Network and he swears that they make your legs thinner.

              1. re: Prav

                Prav, I love you! Although bear turns my head a bit... :>)

                I planned on not going to H-Mart until the tourist attraction subsides. Boy, I sure hope that the limp produce and seafood are a transient matter of misjudged turnover rate and not a harbinger of overall lesser quality.

                1. re: greygarious

                  Gregarious, it was not very busy on Tuesday afternoon around 3pm. Parking was a breeze. I'd assume you'd be fine visiting weekdays at this point. Maybe not right at lunchtime though.

                  1. re: mjg0725

                    I concur that H-Mart is not as busy during weekdays as it is on weekends. I was there on Tuesday around 6 pm and easily found parking close to the store.

            2. I made my first trip yesterday night too. I noticed that some seafood, vegetables and fruits were not that fresh. When I'm shopping at supermarket, Asian ones particularyly, I always stick to my theory that whenever I'm in doubt, don't get it or you'll regret.

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              1. re: sheila

                I went there for the first time today, and was disappointed. The prices were higher on dried items than at China Merchandise (one exit north on Rte 128), and the produce was disappointing. I also don't understand why they're duplicating a lot of the products they carry at the Market Basket 100 yards away. On the plus side, the prices and variety of tofu was great, and the food court looked interesting, though I didn't try anything.
                One question: was anyone able to find seitan there? I asked a couple of people, and they didn't seem to know what I was talking about.

              2. I brought home some sealed-pack baby back ribs from H-Mart the other day and they were rank! The customer service desk refunded me in full with no questions and apologies. Was it just bad luck, or is this a typical problem with opening weeks at big markets?
                Love the food court, though I need to remember to bring my own tea since they just have soda and (free) hot water.