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Mar 2, 2012 04:08 PM

Kimchi and banchan vendor?

Does anyone know of any store that specialize in kimchi and/or banchan?

10 years ago there was one in Flushing just off of Northern Blvd on Levitt St. They made their kimchi onsite. Sadly it's gone and what remains is a parking lot for GW Supermarket.

I know I can get it from any number of Assi Plaza, H Mart, Hanyangmart ...etc. But I'm looking for a place that make it themselves.

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  1. There are several on Broad Avenue in Palisades Park. Indeed, you can find anything Korean there.

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    1. re: BrianYarvin

      I was in Pal Park on Fri night for dinner but too late to hit any of the stores. Will do next time. Thanks!

    2. I am aware that not all H Marts are the same but the new one in Edison makes their own Kimchi Chi. The other banchan however is mostly pre packaged .


        Located in Englewood.

        The H mart in Englewood also has a private vendor inside that makes it themselves as well.

        I don't know the name of the business, but at the corner of Whiteman Street and Anderson Avenue, there's a small Mom and Pop place that makes all the Ban Chan and Kim Chi you see in the larger Korean Supermarkets.

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        1. re: fourunder

          I'm not an expert but Arirang taste only slightly better than Goshen.

          I will have to check out the one on Whiteman Street and Anderson Avenue. Thanks!!

          1. re: pabboy

            Sorry, but I cannot speak for the taste of either commercial Kim Chi..

            If you go to Google Maps and type Whiteman street and Anderson Avenue in Fort lee, can bring up the street view of the store. The store is:

            Surakan Korean Foods and Catering.....Sushi is also available
            201. 944,1720

            Perhaps a search on review may prove fruitful for reviews. I stopped by a couple of years ago and got a few things and recall I enjoyed the items....particularly the fried tofu.

            1. re: fourunder

              It's close to my friend's place so I'll definitely check it out.

        2. There're a ton of banchan sellers on Broad ave in pal park, and a couple on grand ave. I honestly don't think they're significantly better than what H Mart and HY markets have though.

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          1. re: joonjoon

            That's a bummer but I'll give them a shot anyways.

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