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Jan 24, 2014 01:28 PM

Best Finds at Local Asian Markets?

We seem to be spending more and more time and money at our local Lotte Plaza. I know that many other people are fans of H Mart and Grand Mart. What are some amazing things you've found?

I'll start with Pop Pan Spring Onion Crackers by Garden (known for their outstanding wafer cookies as well). My whole family loves these things. They are cracker crack!

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  1. One of Korea's favorite snacks is the Choco-Pie, which if you're a Southerner you'll recognize as a Moon Pie (as in "Gonna get me a Moon Pie an' a RC Cola".

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    1. re: wayne keyser

      My kids are huge Orion Choco-Pie fans. I buy two boxes at a time.

      Back home in RI, ours were called Scooter Pies.

      1. re: wayne keyser

        I love those Choco-Pies! They're made with REAL chocolate and no high fructose corn syrup anywhere! Wonderful to find in this day and age.

      2. I bought a small package of tofu puffs in Grand Mart, next to the regular tofu. Cut them in fourths and add them to a dish. They soak up sauces nicely and provide a great contrast in texture to meats, vegetable, or even regular tofu.

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        1. re: Steve

          So you're saying you're cuckoo for tofu puffs?

          1. re: KeithW

            Oh, I am sooooo confused now. Maybe I've been buying the wrong breakfast cereal all these years.

            I just plopped a few in my instant ramen. There is simply no end of ways to use this product. It's a dessert! It's a floor cleaner!

        2. I'm in love with jarred Chili Bamboo Shoots. I do much of my shopping at Fresh World and I pick up at least a jar a week to eat with oatmeal, mix with steamed or roasted vegetables, or just on some rice.

          1. I am a big fan of Chinese Broccoli. It has fewer buds and
            Is leafyer than conventional broccoli. I usually slice crosswise and sauté it.

            I'm also a big fan of the thinly sliced ribeye. I usually make cheesesteaks with it. Occasionally I will marinate it in kalbi marinade and make a stir-fry.

            Tofu shirataki noodles are another favorite. They are low carb and low calorie. I rinse them and then dry sauté them to get them as dry as possible. I like to stir fry them with vegetables and add an Asian inspired sauce. Usually a combo of soy sauce, chili garlic sauce, honey (or sugar), a touch of citrus, and corn starch.

            I could go on. I love shopping at H-mart

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            1. re: amethiste

              I can't seem to figure out the shirataki noodles. I've drained them well an they still are pretty chewy. Is that just what to expect?

              1. re: fldhkybnva

                They are going to be pretty chewy. I would recommend dry frying them before using them.

                1. re: amethiste

                  I'm now in love with them! I guess I figured it out :). I had to approach them as something other than pasta. I toss them in nearly anything, the Asian market has the best price.

            2. Kimchi flavored seaweed snacks! (tao kae noi brand; available at H Mart; I haven't seen them at the other Asian stores.) There are other flavors available as well, but I have only tried the kimchi flavored ones.

              I am also eating far more Asian-style greens (bok choy, Shanghai bok choi, Chinese broccoli, etc.) these days.

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              1. re: Lori D

                If you regularly eat Asian greens (snow pea shoots, Chinese broccoli, AA lettuce, bok choy, etc.), then you probably feel the same way I do with kale, which is a bitter green that just doesn't taste very good. Of all the veggiest that should be popular, I don't know why it has to be kale.

                1. re: Worldwide Diner

                  I have to say, Mrs. W found a technique that makes even raw (!) kale taste good. It's called "massaging." The salad she made with "massaged" raw kale was incredibly good.

                  1. re: Worldwide Diner

                    I like the Asian greens you mentioned and I like Kale.

                    1. re: Worldwide Diner

                      Kale when cooked properly is delicious and is also very nutritious. And we eat and grow many Asian greens. Now Chinese bitter melon can be bitter and also when cooked Chinese style can have it's bitterness tempered to one's taste.

                    2. re: Lori D

                      We like the Japanese rice seasonings esp Wasabi Fumi Furikake which we also shake on our oat meal. Also from H-Mart they come in a variety of flavors.

                      From Kam Sen we have found the roasted gluten by Havista to be excellent

                      1. re: Lori D

                        I love seaweed snacks. I've never tried the Kimchi variety but it sounds great.