We were back in St. Paul on Saturday for a pandemic takeout run—this time from On’s Kitchen (review coming on Tuesday)—and combined it with some quick Korean grocery shopping from Kim’s on Snelling. Despite the fact that we’ve been shopping here since pretty much our first month in Minnesota back in 2007 I’ve somehow never done one of my grocery store reports on them. And so here now is a quick look at what you can expect to find at one of the Twin Cities’ Korean mainstays, which sits across Snelling Avenue from both Pho Pasteur and Sole Cafe and only a few blocks away from the Twin Cities’ true Eat Street, University Avenue.
I said above that we’ve been shopping at Kim’s since we arrived in Minnesota. That is in fact true but it’s also true that we stopped predominantly shopping there for Korean groceries a while ago. This first because Dong Yang up in north Minneapolis is larger and was in the same large strip mall as the massive Pooja Groceries and that allowed us to a do 2-for-1 (plus often a stop at Holy Land for feta and/or lamb and goat). As it happens I’ve never done a report on Dong Yang or Pooja Groceries (who I believe have moved, though not far away) either—that because we haven’t been to either in a while: our Indian grocery needs have been met by the places in the South Metro (TBS Mart, Mantra Bazar) and our Korean needs likewise are mostly met by Hana Market. And so in recent years our shopping at Kim has always involved being in the neighbourhood already for something else—whether visiting our friends who live close-by or, as on this case, picking up food from On’s or Fasika). And most days I stay in the car with the kids while the missus does a quick hit and run.
Yesterday, however, I went in with her and took the following set of pictures which should give you a good sense of what you can expect to find there. It is first, second and third a Korean grocery but you can also find some other pan-East Asian ingredients and products as well. And if you’re part of the new ramen boom, while their selection is not as vast as Shuang Hur‘s, it’s quite good (and they have a staggering selection of frozen dumplings, if you like that kind of thing).
The building it occupies part of the ground floor of has been beautified considerably by the addition on one large wall of another of the striking Midway Murals (see also the one outside Ghebre’s) and I think there *may* have been a change of ownership in recent years but inside things are pretty much as they’ve always been. It’s not the largest store but they maximize their space. And it’s a friendly place to shop.
Take a look and if you haven’t been (recently) go give them some business (bring your mask). Maybe get some food from Sole Cafe or Pho Pasteur on your way home.
As I said, the next pandemic meal report proper will be of the lunch we picked up from On’s Kitchen. On Tuesday as usual!