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Hi there,
I'm looking to make Korean food for my an American Thanksgiving dinner (we're getting a mix of cultures!). Is the only Korean grocery store in Nose Hill? I'm guessing I'll find some ingredients at T&T...in particular, I'm looking for mugwort and mungbean powder for songpyeon (Korean cakes for Thanksgiving).
At the risk of sounding like an idiot on a food forum - are there pine trees somewhere near the downtown core? I'm not from here, and rarely venture out of downtown because I'm stuck between my office and my hotel most days. I dont recall seeing them in Prince' Island Park, and I'd like to steam my cakes with them.

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  1. There are pine and spruce trees in Prince's Island Park. We used to decorate them with edible (bird friendly) ornaments every winter as part of my daughter's school holiday celebrations. As for Korean groceries... I'd try T&T first--but I'm a novice cook when it comes to Korean so maybe someone else might have other ideas. Superstore usually carries fresh pine boughs/wreaths and most florists will have some this time of year.

    1. Arirang Oriental Food Store

      1324 10 Ave SW

      This is a fabulous Korean/Japanese grocery, mainly Korean. You will probably find whatever you are looking for here. Other forums have had complaints about staff, but they've always been very helpful for me and Mrs Scary despite their poor English and our non-existant Korean. (most complainers seem to think they should speak perfect English)

      While there, go to Olive Chicken, a Korean chicken takeout, with some of the best fried chicken (Korean style) I've ever had. Get the sauce coated one, not the plain.

      Also, to add to your experience, go to the Liquor store in Pacific Place Mall on 36th st NE. It's owned by a Korean guy who stocks Korean wine and other products, and is always happy when someone comes in looking for Korean products.

      Oh, and btw I wouldn't be going into a city park and chopping up trees, Maple is right, buy a bough at. well just about any grocery store or florist this time of year

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      Olive Chicken
      1324 10 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T3C 0J2, CA

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      1. re: Scary Bill

        I took your advice. Also went to the shop next door - ended up buying songpyeon and getting some buldak :) Thanks!

        1. re: ekim256

          EK, gotta thank you for putting a name to the chicken - I had thought this was just the recipe of Olive Chicken, didn't know it was actually a popular style of Korean chicken. So I went searching for a recipe for Buldak and there are not many on the net, but I did find a couple, so sometime soon I'll try to make it at home.

      2. Thanks for the speedy replies, chows :)
        Fantastic news - I'll walk over there after work.
        I'm assuming you mean buldak? If so...yum!
        Thanks for the tips. I'm a 2.0 Korean kid, and it'll be nice to meet some locals. Quickly accessible Korean food in the dt core has been absent in my recent stint in YYC...I tend to gorge whenever I'm back in TO or travelling to the West Coast (not meant to offend YYCers, I've been enjoying other parts of your city...I'm just a sucker for nostalgia)

        I wouldn't be chopping up trees - just pulling needles off the branch :) i'm going to a very traditional thanksgiving dinner (or so it seems - with pumpkin pie, turkey, cranberry sauce, etc.) so I thought it'd be fun to mix it up a bit.

        Thanks!

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        1. re: ekim256

          There are a few Korean enclaves near downtown:
          - The strip mall already mentioned at 1324 10 Ave SW. There's Arirang Oriental foods, two restaurants (Korean Village and Olive Chicken), and some other Korean businesses.
          - The south side of 7 Ave SW, between 8 St SW and 9 St SW. There are two small restaurants (Manrijangsung, which is Korean-Chinese, and Don Day), and a Korean ESL school.
          - The strip mall near 101 10 Ave SW. This was the old location of Korean Village, and had some other Korean businesses. I'm not 100% sure what's there now.

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          Manrijangsung
          935 7 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 1A5, CA

          Olive Chicken
          1324 10 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T3C 0J2, CA

          Arirang Oriental Foods
          1324 10 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T3C 0J2, CA

          Korean Village Restaurant
          1324 10 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T3C 0J2, CA

          Don Day Korean Restaurant
          909 7 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 1A6, CA

          1. re: 23skidoo

            Sole Korea is worth a visit too, for beer, snacks and Karaoke. 628 8 Ave SW; enter through the back alley.

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            Sole Korea Restaurant
            628 8 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 1G7, CA

            1. re: 23skidoo

              It's late, but if someone's searching, the strip mall at 10 Ave and Centre St S is now a construction site; part of the Mustard Seed housing project.

          2. The only Korean market I know of is the Korean-Japanese Oriental Foods market next to Churchill High School. It might be a little far off from where you are but they seem to be stocked well, despite being a smaller market. Last time I was there, I was able to pick up some salted shrimp and gochujang pretty easily. As for liquor, the Liquor store as Bill mentioned at Pacific place is well stocked with korean wine/ soju. Just picked up a few bottles of soju myself last weekend. IIRC, the soju was around $9-10 a bottle, cheaper than most western liquor stores that actually sell soju at $12-13 a bottle.

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            1. re: Roarasaur

              Koreana Market (next to Churchill). It's a pretty well-stocked market, comparable to Arirang.