Maangchi meetup – Korean grocery shopping in New Jersey

By Maangchi

So many people have asked me about shopping for Korean ingredients – they don’t know what to buy, or how to choose the best ingredients. So this meetup is going to be a trip to a big Korean grocery store in New Jersey. We’ll have lunch in the grocery store cafeteria (it’s pretty good!) and then shop together.

If you live in New Jersey, you can meet me there in the cafeteria. We’ll eat first, then shop. If you’re coming from Manhattan or Brooklyn, you can meet me at the Port Authority Bus station, and we can go together.

1 p.m. Oct 24, 2009
In New Jersey:
Han Ah Reum (H Mart) (Yelp review)
321 Broad Ave
Ridgefield, NJ 07657-2346
TEL: 212-943-9600

In Manhattan:
Meet at Port Authority Bus Terminal in front of bus 166, on the platform. The bus leaves at 12:10 pm (and arrives at 12:45 pm)

just in case you missed 12:10 pm bus, take 12:30 pm bus (arrives 1:05 pm)
Get off at Broad Avenue and  Shaler BLVD. (Ask the bus driver to let you know when to get off)

You can see the Hmart across the street on your left.

If you’re going to come, please leave a comment below, let us know you are in!


  1. Reinier Rotterdam, The Netherlands joined 2/09

    So guys, how was the meeting??

  2. I’m going to try to make it (so excited to finally meet you), will see you and the group soon! Sorry for the late reply!

  3. hi maangchi i love korean food and i watch ur cookin videos all the time and i wanna learn to cook korean food but its hard to know wht brands to buy so im so excited that u r coming to the hmart in new jersey i cant wait to meet u see u soon

  4. Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 12,047 comments

    I updated the bus schedule from Port Authority for our meetup tomorrow.
    It leaves 12:10 pm, not 12:15 pm. If you miss the bus, take the next bus at 12:30 pm and it arrives 1:05.

    If you miss the bus and come by 12:30 pm bus, Get off at Broad Avenue and Shaler BLVD. (Ask the bus driver to let you know when to get off)

    See you soon! : )

  5. See you at Port Authority

  6. lifeinstasis& has 1 comment

    I think i’m going to have to cancel as well… things are so delicate financially, i just can’t justify a trip into the city. I’m going to take stock of the situation towards the end of the week but…. does anyone know how much the bus fair is from to and from?

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 12,047 comments

      oh, you! long time! : )
      I hope you can make it though. I think the bus fare is about $15.00 for round trip.

      The reason we are meeting there is that I want to help you guys choose right ingredients. If you can’t make it this time, I hope you can come for next year’s meetup.

  7. I am in. I will have my 18 mo. old with me if that is o.k.?

  8. anarchtypicalman& has 1 comment

    Yay!… I’ll go!… can you get to the port authority bus station from grand central?

  9. OMG LUCKY! Lunch and shopping with Maangchi!! SUCKS I CANT JOIN!! :'(

    have fun! btw, are you making a video of this like your other meet ups?

  10. man! i am so jealous of people who live near you! :]
    i would go but, i live sooo far away :[

  11. Ji-young ( diane )& has 1 comment

    I’m so excited to meet you!I am half Korean, and I have been cooking all Korean food for the past 3 months. Your youtube page helped me SO much! I had the best kongnamulguk today because or your recipe =) Thank you!

    See you at the BUS!=)

  12. Hello Maangchi!
    I am going to try to get off of work for the day fo the meet up. If I do, would u mind if u mind if I bring my baby. She is only 8 months. I bring her everywhere. Lol.

    Thanks Amber

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