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Closed: Korean grocery in Durham

dbird Jun 9, 2013 06:55 PM

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. meatn3 RE: dbird Jun 10, 2013 06:17 AM

    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. ToothTooth RE: dbird Jun 11, 2013 10:08 AM

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

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        chazzer RE: ToothTooth Jun 11, 2013 12:24 PM


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        gryphon RE: dbird Jun 12, 2013 06:25 PM

        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.

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          Rory RE: dbird Jun 13, 2013 03:43 PM

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

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            ToothTooth RE: Rory Jun 14, 2013 06:07 AM

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

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              Tom from Raleigh RE: Rory Jun 14, 2013 07:08 AM

              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
                Naco RE: Tom from Raleigh Jun 14, 2013 09:35 AM

                I have bought the Annie Chung brand at HT.

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                  rockycat RE: Naco Jun 14, 2013 10:05 AM

                  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.

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                    Naco RE: rockycat Jun 14, 2013 10:17 AM

                    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
                      rockycat RE: Naco Jun 14, 2013 10:56 AM

                      "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.

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                        Tom from Raleigh RE: Naco Jun 14, 2013 11:51 AM

                        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.

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                durhamois RE: dbird Jun 14, 2013 05:04 PM

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

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                  Rory RE: durhamois Jun 14, 2013 07:10 PM

                  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:)

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                    dbird RE: durhamois Jun 22, 2013 03:44 PM

                    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.

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                      rockycat RE: dbird Jun 22, 2013 04:27 PM

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

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                        ToothTooth RE: dbird Jun 24, 2013 10:01 AM

                        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.

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