Store Type(s)
Gourmet Specialty Foods

When the New York–based grocery chain H MART opened its Lynnwood branch last year, it no doubt had the local Korean population in mind (about 4,500 people, as of the 2000 census). But the well-scrubbed produce, precisely butchered meats, and hard-to-find ingredients for home pickling endeavors (big-time foodie fad) soon turned it into a global destination, where Indian moms buy mangoes alongside twentysomethings stocking up for sushi-rolling parties. Do not miss the food court, where you’ll find Beard Papa’s cream puffs and soondubu, a Korean tofu stew that comes flanked by saucer-sized sides: spicy kimchee, crunchy seaweed salad, a little fried fish, head still attached.