H Mart is easily the cornerstone of Asian American living. From fresh seafood, vegetables, and produce to nostalgic childhood Asian snacks and already-prepared banchan and stews. A world without H Mart is a world I don’t want to live in.
While so much of the older generation complain that millennials don’t learn to cook for themselves, with all of these already prepared side dishes, soups and desserts, H Mart has pretty much eliminated the need the learn how to cook.
Most of us have a set routine when we walk through the threshold into this overly-air conditioned Asian haven. But why shop from a list of old-reliables when you can try something new you haven’t picked up before? At H Mart you practically have a massive warehouse full of different flavors from so many different Asian countries.
Here are some of the unusual, bizarre and altogether wonderful things you can find at H Mart that you might never have even noticed or tried before.
Fermented soybean natto
Sticky, gooey, fermented soybeans… yum?
Canned Korean silkworm pupa
Canned bugs — looks terrifying, tastes amazing.
Live geoduck clam
Props to anyone who can actually prepare this thing.
Pick & mix but for fish balls/cakes
Forget chocolates, marshmallows and jelly beans, this pick & mix is perfect for your homemade hot pot.
The Buldak fried rice
If the buldak ramen just isn’t doing it for you, why not burn your insides with the insanely spicy fried rice?
Self-heating hot pot
A hot pot you can make instantly at home that actually HEATS ITSELF without a stove, microwave, or kettle? YES.
BCD soup starter kit
Missing the taste of BCD’s soft tofu soups? They even have DIY kits for days you just can’t be bothered to leave the house.
Marinated LA style Korean short ribs
Possibly the best part about H mart is the convenience. Don’t want the mess of marinating meat yourself? H Mart has got you covered.
Marinated Korean spicy chicken
Marinated chicken with all of the prepared ingredients. It’s like an adult Lunchables that you just put on the stove.
Make your own sushi candy kit
Encourage the kids to play with their food with this grape and soda flavored “sushi.”
Cup Ddukbokki kit
Like cup ramen but with spicy rice cakes?
Sweet corn ice cream shaped like an actual corn
It even has bits of real sweet corn inside.
Yakult frozen yogurt
Yakult frozen yogurt in both original and strawberry flavors because freezing your own Yakult just takes too much time.
Frozen soft serve
Perfect soft serve straight from the freezer, hopefully, they don’t get crushed in your grocery bags.
Hello Kitty matcha green tea marshmallows
If only these were actually shaped like Hello Kitty…
Taro crepe cakes
Forget bakeries, H Mart sells crepe cakes too!
Fish-shaped red bean ice cream sandwiches
Not quite the same as Somi Somi, but these will do.
Ube and avocado macchiato ice cream
Why settle for plain old vanilla or chocolate when you can spice things up with these ice creams you definitely couldn’t find at your local American grocery store?
Massive bags of Korean puffed crackers
These could also make great body pillows.
Sweet potato latte
A creamy sweet potato and milk latte… not recommended for those with lactose intolerance though, obviously.
Peach oolong milk tea
Just make your own boba and you’ll be set.