Some rather positive reviews for the 53,000-sq.-ft. Super H Mart now open in the former Randall’s on Blalock at Westview, a few blocks north of I-10. Yelp user Therese S. calls the big Korean chain‘s Houston store an
Awesome, awesome Asian grocery store. They have pretty much almost everything. . . . I saw wansuy (cilantro), (Philippine–the best) mango juice, calamansi juice, halo-halo ingredients, even fish sauce, oyster sauce (albeit in HUGE bottles), sinigang mix, prawn crackers, mochi(!), kimchi (a whole chiller section), chopsticks, Yan Yan, Pocky, Koala, and on and on.
And this from the Food in Houston blog:
If you walk inside and don’t look too closely, you might think that you are in a state-of-the-art Whole Foods. Super H Mart has that same bright, cheery, contemporary feel. But instead of a cheese counter, Super H has a whole wall devoted to kimchi. . . .
The produce section includes fruits and vegetables that are rarely seen in Houston — even at Hong Kong market. The quality of the produce looks as good as Central Market or Whole Foods.
The seafood section may have the broadest, and most interesting, selection of seafood in Houston.
After the jump: A look at that wall of kimchi! Plus: a food-court surprise!
Most H Mart reviews have focused on the (mostly) Korean food court (above), the second in Houston. (The first: nearby Komart.) But no report tops this one by Food in Houston’s Anonymouseater:
Toreore is perhaps the most unusual stand. It is part of a Korean fried chicken chain. But this is unlike any chicken I have ever had. Toreore advertises that it is healthy because it uses no trans fats and a batter that is made from “mixed grains powder.” I tried a hot, sweet and spicy chicken nugget that was very sweet and so spicy hot that it caused sores to break out inside my mouth. The smell was something like the inside of a Duncan donut store, but the flavor resembled a sweetened habenero pepper. The vendors at the counter warn non-Korean speakers about how hot this particular dish is. It is a warning well heeded.
Update, 06-25-08: K at She Eats has a longer review and more photos.
- Super H Mart [Yelp]
- new korean supermarket [i’m never full]
- Super H Mart [Food in Houston]
- Korean supermarket in works [Houston Chronicle]
Photos: H Mart (top); Anonymouseater (wall of kimchee); I’m Never Full (food court & Toreore)