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Jun 9, 2013 06:55 PM

Closed: Korean grocery in Durham

Last week, I drove up to the Korean grocery I had too recently discovered on the service road off the Durham-Chapel Hill freeway only to find it closed. Permanently.

Does anyone know what happened? Are the owners relocating? Will they be offering their kimbap, kimchi and misc occasional banchan elsewhere? They also carried certain mixed rice that I came to rely on.

I had no idea they were closing. This is a loss.

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  1. I don't know any details about this closing but as an alternative there is a good sized Korean grocery in Cary, S Mart. Perhaps they might carry the rice blend...

    1. Are you talking about the grocery near the Enterprise car rental place?

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      1. I don't know for sure, but if it wasn't from the owner(s) retiring it I'd imagine it was because Li Ming's took too much of their business. Regardless of the reason it's too bad. I liked the people there.

        1. anyone know where I could get some kochujang near Chapel Hill? I'm dying to cook up some things...

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          1. re: Rory

            I just recently saw some at Li Ming's in Durham. Whole Foods in CH also carries Annie Chun's brand of it.

            1. re: Rory

              I bet HT carries the Annie Chung brand as well. I wonder if Silver Wok carries Korean ingredients. I know they have a good selection of Chinese ingredients and smaller selection of Japanese ingredients.

              Finally, Raleigh has a number of Korean grocers.

              One more point, many Korean ingredients have multiple spellings. Kochujang can also be spelled gochujang. I don't understand this, but I do love Korean food.

              1. re: Tom from Raleigh

                I have bought the Annie Chung brand at HT.

                1. re: Naco

                  If you buy the Annie Chun's, make sure that it is not the Gochujang Sauce. That's good stuff and I use it on burgers and the like, but it is not the same as the gochujang paste that comes in the tubs.

                  1. re: rockycat

                    How are they different? I started buying the Annie Chun's after enjoying gochujang served with orders of Blitzkrieg Bop. The Annie Chun's is quite a bit sweeter, but still okay.

                    1. re: Naco

                      "Ingredients: gochujang (water, wheat, salt, onion, rice, red pepper powder, sweet rice, defatted soybeans, garlic, malt seed), brown sugar, naturally brewed vinegar (water, alcohol, malt extract), roasted sesame oil, roasted sesame seed, citric acid."

                      Gochujang itself is the first ingredient. Everything else is what makes it the sauce. You're right about it being very sweet. It is also thinner than gochujang by itself.

                      1. re: Naco

                        gochujang is thicker and more paste like. Often sold in tubs or jars. It's also less sweet.

                        I've purchased the Sunchang brand and liked it.

              2. There's another Korean grocery store in Durham right next to Vit Goal.

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                1. re: durhamois

                  Silver Wok & the grocery stor to Vit Goal are great suggestions, thanks so much. I have Auntie Chun's got it at HT but I'd like to make other dishes and need the big tub:)

                  1. re: durhamois

                    Shilla is a good alternative, but they carry different items including different banchans. I'm still sorry the other grocery closed. Gochujang does not contain wheat btw.

                    1. re: dbird

                      You might want to take it up with the Annie Chun's company, then.

                      1. re: dbird

                        I've never seen any commercially produced gochujang that doesn't contain wheat. From what I understand the wheat isn't traditional but, in commercial production, its used as a filler.