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Apr 12, 2014 05:04 PM

Carrollton is getting a 99 Ranch Market

Exciting news, 99 Ranch Market is coming to Carrollton: The article doesn't give any timetable. The shopping center that's being renovated and will have 99 Ranch Market as the anchor is at the SE corner of George Bush and Old Denton, so catty-corner to the shopping center where H Mart is.

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  1. So going in next to Hobby Lobby? Interesting! I know that Lal-Quila (H-Mart out parcel) is moving down Old Denton to Frankford in the Aldi shopping center.

    I hope that 99 Ranch will attract more and better quality Chinese restaurants to the area.

    All Carrollton needs is a few more Thai, much more Chinese, a few more Malay/Singaporean (I know about Secret Recipe) and Laotian/Cambodian/Burmese (one can only hope).

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    1. re: LewisvilleHounder

      I have been shopping at H-mart.... Do you think this is the best place to go for asian foods?
      Last night I saw Andrew Zimmern in Bizarre foods at "Hiep Thai". Looked similar to HMart. Have you been there and is it worth checking out?

      1. re: neiladammcginnis

        Depends on which cuisine you are preparing

        H Mart = Korean
        99 Ranch - Chinese
        Hiep Thai = Thai

        I would say out of all of those I have had the best luck for ingredients at 99 Ranch. I believe their seafood counter to be superior to that on H Mart. Sometimes you don't need 50 species of fish but you always need them to be fresh! I have been to H Mart many times on bad fish days and the whole store smells.

        Hiep Thai I only go for Kaffir lime leaves and cheap cans of Maesri brand curry. Last time I went I also purchased a bamboo steaming basket for sticky rice and a stone mortar and pestle that was cheap but great quality. Hiep Thai is just so far from me that I have to pass all other stores.

        I don't cook much Korean food becuase I have yet to find the dish that I am just crazy for. I do shop at H Mart for produce items and regular pantry items (fish sauce, soy sauce, sesame oil, sambal olek).

        I cook more Thai and Vietnamese than I do anything but I usually have the items I need for the dish on hand with the exception of fresh greens and chilies.

        1. re: LewisvilleHounder

          Thai would probably be my favorite out of the 3 but once again I know almost nothing about cooking thai food.
          My experience with Chinese in restaurants is mostly americanized i suspect.
          All i know of Korean is the fried chicken which is tasty.
          Clearly I have much to learn and I'm not even sure where to begin...
          Si Lom has Pad See Ew that is one of my favorite dishes of all time.. Is there any way I can make this at home without making it suck? The wide rice noodles are like silk but that made me think they must be making them daily, which obviously i'm too lazy for and have a small house with limited cooking space.

            1. re: twinwillow

              Please tell Scott Reitz from Dallas Observer.. He said that Si Lom was nothing special so he wouldn't even write about it. I was like TELL ME WHAT YOU ATE because if you had what I had you would love Si Lom. That alone made me question anything Scott writes about.. He said Si Lom was too sweet so he must have ordered their americanized chinese dishes because he was too stubborn to listen to my advice even though I was the one who told him to go re-visit the place and try again. You listen to me to try then place again and then dont try anything I recommended???? That is stubborn. Even people on Yelp knew what the best dishes were.

          1. re: LewisvilleHounder

            LH, do you know if Hiep Thai stocks the small (Isaan) white coconuts that Andrew Zimmern raved about on the show he did from Thailand?

            1. re: twinwillow

              Obviously I do not know but I have intentions of going to Hiep Thai and 99 Ranch Market this weekend so I could look into that assuming they are labelled.
              I also am looking for large thai chilis like they use to cook with at royal sichuan. Hiep Thai should have these right?

              1. re: neiladammcginnis

                Thanks, Neil. I'd love to get some of those little white coconuts if their available. Andrew Zimmern almost had an orgasm after drinking the coconut water contained in them.

                Btw, I love everything I've ever eaten at Si Lom. It's certainly not as authentic as Bambu which excel's in the Isaan style of cooking. But for "mainstream" Thai cooking, Si Lom is every bit as good as Royal Thai or Bangkok City.

                1. re: twinwillow

                  I don't know that much about authenticity, only taste and I have eaten at Bambu and the Tom Kha Gai and Pad See Ew is not as good without question. My whole family was actually very disappointed with our visit at Bambu after having been to Si Lom so I'm surprised that people speak so highly of Bambu. I guess I have not tried everything but I know I bought one dish that was like fried catfish that had all the crispy bits scraped off onto a plate and they charged like $14 or something like that. It was certainly unusual so maybe that means it was authentic but If that's the case I suppose to dont need to be looking for authenticity. lol. Let me know if there is something else I should be trying there and maybe I will go back someday.
                  In retrospect Si Lom does call itself a fusion restaurant therefore that indicates they are not interested in staying within the lines of authenticity so I guess that's right in line with what you said.

        2. re: LewisvilleHounder

          I hope this trend will continue and Carrollton will attract even more diverse Asian markets and restaurants. H Mart has been great for our area, and hopefully 99 Ranch will keep that ball rolling!

        3. how is 99 ranch market different from Hmart? I have never been there so just trying to determine if I should check it out.

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          1. re: neiladammcginnis

            To my limited knowledge, 99 Ranch Market is igenerally more focused on Chinese food ingredients, H Mart on Korean, and Carrollton Plaza (SE corner of Josey and Frankford in Carrollton) on Vietnamese. There's a lot of crossover, though, and H Mart also carries a lot of non Asian ingredients, such as Goya chorizo.

            1. re: Carrollton Foodie

              Thank you very much.. Interesting...
              That doesn't make it any simpler for me to decide where to go. lol
              I really like getting frozen dumplings and korean fried chicken and bones to make broth, etc.. I guess I will have to go check out the ranch market and see which kind of cuisine i prefer. I really can't cook chinese food or korean at all but I really like it and like to use their products in my own "fusion" cooking.

            2. re: neiladammcginnis

              I haven't been to the HMart in Carrolton, but I'm familiar with the ones in New York. As others have noted (Carrolton Foodie and LewisvilleHounder), H-Mart tilts Korean and Ranch99 tilts Chinese. However, Ranch99 has a broader array of Asian ingredients, like lemongrass, turmeric, kaffir, etc., available (probably reflective of the Chinese diaspora) whereas H-Mart tends to just have Korean ingredients available.

              My relatives in Allen like the seafood in H-Mart (though LewisvilleHounder seems to like Ranch99 more). I don't have a strong feeling either way.

              Note that Ranch 99 is owned by a Taiwanese family, so they sell product made in Taiwan, as well as made in China and Hong Kong. Because I try to avoid the made in China stuff (for food safety issues), I find the availability of Taiwan product to be comforting.

            3. truly exciting news! so great to have all this so convenient to us!!