Arirang Super Market

Wednesday, 29 Mar 2006 | Culture, Family, Food

Yesterday, before coming home from UCI Medical Center, Toni and I went to the Arirang Super Market in Garden Grove. Arirang Super Market is a Korean food market where my mother used to go to stock up on Asian rice and other Korean groceries.

This was the first time I had been to Arirang Super Market. Toni and her sisters, Trisha and Diana, had been there once with my mom when she was alive. It was raining cats and dogs when we arrived. There were huge puddles of water in the parking lot. As soon as I entered the market, I had flashbacks of the markets I frequented with my mom and aunts in Seoul when I lived there as a child. The sights, the Korean words being spoken and the smells all were so reminiscent of my memories of Korea. The last time I had been to Korea was when I was 10 years old, but I still remember things about living there.

Toni and I intended to stop for a few items, particularly some Korean sesame oil which is essential for making dishes like Bulgogi, a Korean marinated beef dish. We each would see a favorite food item my mom used to get for us and place it in the cart. By the time we went through the whole store, we ended up getting about half a shopping cart full of items.


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