Besides an abundance of kimchi, Korean superstores will have a super assortment of prepared side dishes, known as banchan, which can be vegetables, fish, tofu, and even a mayonnaise-y salad. Get a bunch of these, make a pot of rice, and you’re all set for dinner.
marie myung-ok lee
This is my favorite part of any Asian grocery store, getting the side dishes (like seaweed salad or kimchi). I haven't been to H Mart yet (one opened about 30 miles from me) but I look forward to it. Sadly, the Korean-style side dishes at 99 Ranch and other Chinese groceries just aren't as good as what I eat at Korean restaurants.