OCN Eats & OCN Street Team Get a taste of Korea Town in Aurora

OCN Eats & OCN Street Team at H Mart, courtesy of OCN Eats (Instagram)

The OCN Eats & OCN Street Team is trained in Aurora’s K-City.

Larry Herz of OCN Eats and Hannah Rice of the OCN Street Team were tutored by Korean and foodie enthusiast Aimee Pennington while touring the Korean mega-supermarket H Mart and Mr. Bakery in Aurora’s Koreatown. K-Town has been in southeast Aurora since the 1990s, but many locals haven’t discovered it yet. So here is your chance.

Welcome to H Mart – it’s basically a Super Walmart on steroids with 75,000 square feet of everything Asian: pop-up boba tea, bungeoppang (waffle fish filled with red bean paste or chocolate (chocolate no doubt), and rice cake shops; a full deli with all Korean ones Street foods like Duk Boki (spicy rice cake) and Ho Duk (pancakes with brown sugar) as well as the classic Korean barbeque Bulgogi (marinated beef) and Kalbi (marinated short ribs).

There is also a real seafood fish section in H Mart: literally from the tank to the butcher to your table. And for the really sophisticated fish cook, they offer fresh geoduk (long-necked clam). Oh, did we mention that it’s also a grocery store stocked with Korean staples like persimmons, ginseng, Asian pears, daikon radishes, peeled garlic, mung beans, and tofu, and on and on? They sell some of the nicest meats you’ve ever seen: LA veal, pork belly, and oxtail to name a few. And in a true Korean way, there is also a shop in the supermarket that sells everything from rice cookers to socks to ceramic tea sets on yos (Korean bed).

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The OCN Street Team (Hannah Rice), Aimee Pennington and OCN Eats (Larry Herz) at H Mart

In Larry’s words, “You could spend a year in this store!” H-Mart is short for Han Ah Reum, which translates to “one arm full of groceries,” but take it off the OCN, you will definitely want two arms when shopping here.

INSIDER TIP: There are two locations: H Mart Aurora, 2751 S Parker Rd (flagship store), H Mart Westminster, 5036 West 92nd Avenue (smaller but with a liquor store, independent restaurant, baked goods and a smaller selection of goods)

INSIDER TIP: A HACCP seal on a Korean food product is the same as a USDA organic label on a US food product.

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To Mr. Bakery, right next door – think of French fusion Korean pastry heaven! While not an original Korean cuisine, Korean bread became popular in the 1980s with the creation of Paris Baguette. From savory to sweet, you’ll find the pizza bun (a favorite) with hot dogs, ketchup, and cheese on a bread to die for, custard-filled pastries, buns with blueberries and pineapple, and so many more goodies! It’s like walking into a French pastry shop, but with a twist to match the Korean palette.

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OCN Eats and OCN Street Team at Mr. Bakery

INSIDER TIP: You have your own bakery in the background and make bread every day.

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OCN Street Machine

OCN Eats and the OCN Street Team had a great day learning and eating all Korean with Aimee! If you’re ready to travel halfway around the world but want to stay close to home, a little slice of Korea in Aurora is waiting for you to discover its incredible cuisine and rich culture!

So, when we log out of K-Town and in the spirit of OCN Eats: “Bop muk ja!” or “Let’s eat!”

Would you like the OCN Street team to stop by the Street Machine to see some other great places in Colorado? Let us know some of your favorite spots in the comments or get in touch [email protected] If you’d like us to come to your place of business or community event!

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