H Mart Hacks: How to Make the Most of the Korean Superstore Chain

An ode to H Mart, which is having a moment

The newest H Mart in NYC: Columbia University! Photo courtesy of the author


The produce area of an H Mart is like walking into a Chopped basket. Beautiful piles of dragon fruit, Asian pears, the correct kind of cabbage you need for kimchi, persimmons.

Photo credit: Mae Ngai
Photo credit: Mae Ngai


Korean housewares are clever and cool. You can get stainless-steel chopsticks that you can put in the dishwasher. If you like those airtight food containers with the lock-top, I first saw those in Korean groceries, and you can get great glass ones if you’re avoiding plastic.

Why spend big bucks for a mandoline when professional chefs actually use this?

Columbia faculty, Writer-in-Residence. Simon & Schuster author. Slate, Salon, NY Times, @Guardian, @TheAtlantic. Famous for being from Bob Dylan's hometown

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