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Mar 22, 2012 06:40 AM

Ssamjang and Kochujang in Chinatown?

Any thoughts on where to find these Korean ingredients in Chinatown (or anywhere downtown)?

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  1. I know I've seen it around, but the selection in Chinatown is quite limited usually - if a store has it, you might find only one brand. And likely it'll be a lower-quality one, Chinese-made.

    Considering even small containers of it last FOREVER, it's worth it to go to K-Town to pick it up a proper tub of it, made with sun-dried peppers and minimal other ingredients. Lots of the Chinese ones add corn syrup, aren't fermented, etc. Hahn Ah Reum has a great selection, though it can be confusing with so many brands.

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    1. re: sgordon

      agree with the suggestion. there are lots of brands to choose between. if it helps to filter, from the many i looked at only 1 or 2 did not have corn syrup or other additives in the ingredients.

      1. re: sgordon

        Hae Chan deul brand is pretty good for both both.

      2. they have a korean and japanese section at hong kong supermarket, but its more weighted to japanese (its all korean and japanese brands)

        however if u dont want to trek all the way to ktown, M2M on 3rd ave and 11th has everything

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        1. re: Lau

          I second the M2M suggestion. It's great and should have everything you need.

          1. re: Lau

            I was going to suggest the same thing Lau did - if you must find non chinese asian ingredients in ctown Hong Kong Super has the best selection (even though its not nearly my favorite of the big sueprmarkets in chinatown i shop here when im looking for non chinese things)