321 Broad Ave, Ridgefield, NJ
Koreans make up one of the largest ethnic minority groups in Northern New Jersey, and in the last 10 years or so, they’ve built a huge amount of shopping and services catering to their own community. One of these is Han Ah Reum (or H-Mart, as it is most commonly known) a chain of Asian supermarkets/mini-malls that has been opening all over the Northeast US. The supermarket itself is surrounded by various stores catering mostly to Korean and Asians, as well as restaurants to catch the hungry shoppers.
Before shopping, you might want to go and grab some Chinese food next door:
Storefront of King’s Noodle Chinese Restaurant.
Complimentary Radish Kimchi Appetizer. This is when you immediately realize the Chinese food here is decidedly Koreanized.
Another type of complimentary pickle.
These fried dumplings are great to start off with.
Dumpling interior. These have pork and scallions and a few other things.
Special Peking Noodles, Pre-Saucing.
Peking Sauce for noodles.
Peking Sauce mixed into the noodles.
Fried Pork with Sweet and Sour Sauce.
Diced Chicken with Pepper Sauce. This is the Korean-Chinese version of Kung Pao Chi Ding.
Ridgefield’s Han Ah Reum is by far the largest in the area with the most interesting stores.
The produce section is one of the most impressive I’ve seen.
Han Ah Reum carries Caribbean and Latin American produce as well.
Nice selection of dried stuff and nuts.
Lots of mushrooms and chili peppers too.
Even the children find it entertaining.
The seafood section is clean and the fish is fresh.
Lots of cool frozen stuff too.
Plenty of opportunities for tasting and sampling. Here Yujacha citron tea is being sampled.
This scary looking machine cooks puffy sweet rice and slams them into big crunchy discs. It makes a very loud and impressive sound when making the rice cakes.
Rice cakes being slammed out of the die.
At the DeliManjoo stall, they make thumb-sized plastic wrapped cakes filled with custard creme, that you can buy by the box. Sort of like Micro-Twinkies.