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Korean restaurants and stores close to north Silver Spring

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laraffinee Feb 6, 2013 04:30 AM

I am just starting with Korean cooking - as a vegetarian that does eat fish - so I have gone to the H Mart on Georgia Ave. and it is a pretty good store.

Anyone who knows this territory have any advice on diving into the Korean recipes? Favorite cookbooks in English, favorite restaurant for inspiration and a great Korean meal, favorite Korean market, etc. etc.

I have the "Kimchi Chronicles" and it is ok....

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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  1. tommyskitchen RE: laraffinee Feb 6, 2013 04:35 AM

    Have you watched the show "Kimchi Chronicles?" It will give you a broad sense of the food and culture - I am not a big fan of the in-kitchen segments, the weird interaction with Hugh Jackman made me uncomfortable, and JG's interpretations didn't thrill me, but you can see her do some basics.

    Sorry I can't help you with SS, I don't know that area - But I have asked random strangers in H-Mart about some of the things I needed!

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      OldSchool RE: laraffinee Feb 6, 2013 07:30 AM

      I think this website is very good for Korean recipes (in English)

      http://www.maangchi.com/

      I like the HMart in Gaithersburg (off Lost Knife). Produce and seafood seem fresher, store is cleaner and maybe bigger than the one on Ga. Ave.

      I'm particularly fond of Moa restaurant on Wilkins in Rockville. Vit Goel on Parklawn is good but the menu is focused on soups.

      I understand that the best Korean restaurants are in Annandale so you may want to do a search for that area.

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        repete RE: OldSchool Feb 7, 2013 05:50 AM

        They get the same delivery schedules at both HMarts and the stock turns over faster in Wheaton. The store is older, more chaotic and crowded than Gaithersburg, but I think the quality of the food is identical. The Georgia Ave. store is also big with a number of embassy chefs.

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        DGinDC RE: laraffinee Feb 6, 2013 08:24 AM

        Tofu Lighthouse in Twinbrook (not exactly Silver Spring area, but still MoCo) is amazing. It's the same as the one in VA's Ktown. The food there inspired me to try making soondooboo at home - the mushroom soondooboo, in particular, is amazing.

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          Lori D RE: laraffinee Feb 6, 2013 01:24 PM

          There is also a Lotte on Georgia Avenue; actually close to Aspen Hill. I think it's a better store than the Wheaton H Mart, and the small Korean lunch counter in there has great food.

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            laraffinee RE: Lori D Feb 6, 2013 09:45 PM

            I will check out the Lotte in Aspen Hill!

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            dining with doc RE: laraffinee Feb 6, 2013 04:40 PM

            woomi garden restaurant wheaton
            Iron Age asian grill rockville

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              laraffinee RE: laraffinee Feb 6, 2013 09:43 PM

              Thanks for all the recommendations! I will check them out.

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