London Supermarkets Go Korean!

“Korean” is a food trend spreading far and wide across the globe, and the K-food fad is hot in London right now. As far as I was concerned, it wasn’t quite mainstream enough to be stocked in leading supermarkets, though.

Since returning from Korea in 2009, I’ve been making trips to Koreatown, Chinatown, or the specialist Asian supermarkets that are dotted around London for my K-food shopping fixes. A recent visit to ASDA showed me all this was about to change…

You can imagine my excitement when I saw the following items (and at prices far lower than I’ve previously seen in London) in the supermarket’s “oriental food” section:

Needless to say, I went on  bit of a spree that day!

And ASDA aren’t alone in their discovery of K-food popularity. Tesco are starting to catch on, too. Here’s what was in their “world food” section:

Not only is this great news for fans of Korean food, but also for anyone feeling brave when filling their shopping basket. And chances are, after trying it for the first time, K-food newbies will never look back.

I wonder how long it will take for fresh kimchi to show up in supermarkets’  fridge sections? I’m guessing it’s only a matter of time.

  • Keep an eye on the “world food” aisles in your local supermarket. You never know what may turn up!
  • Click on the link to read the full article on How Korean Food Got Fashionable.
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8 Responses to London Supermarkets Go Korean!

  1. Amazing. Which branch of Asda was that?

  2. miaow says:

    Oh wow this is really exciting to find korean food in mainstream supermarkets! I live in south east london, and luckily there is a nice local oriental supermarket where i live called FLK Chinese Groceries, with chinese, korean and japanese goods . I usually pop in there for some instant noodles, dumplings , Kimchi, Peppero and Pocky – they have a pretty awesome snack and dim sum range btw . Its great to know i can soon be getting Peppero in a Tescos!

  3. kimchisoul says:

    Yeh, it’s exciting isn’t it! Where in SE London is FLK Chinese Groceries? ^^

    • Mochimochi says:

      FLK Chinese Groceries is near catford bridge station. it’s a bright yellow shop on th catford road.

      Station buildings
      Catford road
      Se6 4qz

  4. kimchisoul says:

    Thanks so much. I’ll be looking out for it ^^

  5. Abissan says:

    I am so lucky just as I began to really get into Korean food I moved to Golders Green, NW London. There I found Korean restaurants and and two supermarkets just outside the tube station. I started my food tasting adventure. They have kimchi, kimbap, noodles and other Korean food and drink I have come across on the internet. I was so nice to go in there and hear them speak Korean, it sounded so familiar. Now its a place I shop at all the time.

    I haven’t been brave enough to try out the restaurant yet but it looks so nice I will eventually be pulled in.

    • kimchisoul says:

      That sounds awesome, thanks for sharing! I’ve heard very good things about K-food in Golders Green. Let us know when you’ve tried some restaurants out too! ^^

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