Going into a grocery store blind is a recipe for accidentally spending $200 on jelly candies and pork belly. Instead, head into these three Asiatown favorites with a list—here’s what to look for at each.
Jusgo Supermarket | 9280 Bellaire Blvd.
This is the place for hard-to-find produce and a truly massive selection of live seafood.
Look for: fresh mangosteen and lychee, mochi ice cream, Cantonese cabbage, golden kiwi, Vietnamese cilantro, lobster, Dungeness crab, blood clams, eels, turtles, and frogs
HMart | 9896 Bellaire Blvd.
Head here to find everything you’ll need to make your own hot pot and splurge on almost-too-pretty-to-eat pastries.
Look for: dozens of varieties of kimchi, ready-sliced meats and vegetables, Korean and Japanese candies, and sweet bean buns at in-house bakery Tous Les Jours
Great Wall | 9889 Bellaire Blvd.
Learning to cook Asian food at home? You’ll love the cookware department, full of well-priced wares, on the second floor, as well as the selection of fresh produce, meat, and seafood that encourages experimentation.
Look for: steamers (both bamboo and stainless steel), jellyfish (both skin and heads), woks, crockware, and pork bones