Yesterday I made a field trip to Assi Korean supermarket, in K-Town on 8th St. just east of Western; I rarely cook Asian cuisine - hey, any excuse to go out - and I have never ever been to an Asian supermarket. WHERE THE HECK HAVE I BEEN?
AISLES upon AISLES of noodles - dried or refrigerated, seaweed, fresh fish and shellfish, candy and snacks, fruits, freeze dried goodies (whole fish and squid, for starters), deli/lunch counter, tofu, mochi and other frozen delights...and so, so much more. Oh, and CHEAP. Great values on individual items and on bulk on stuff they charge twice as much for at Trader Joe's for half the quantity. Assi was not merely an education...it is a field trip, a destination, a home cook's nirvana; it is a wing of Chowhound Disneyland. FYI - It seemed somewhat crowded during lunchtime on a week day - I bet weekends are pretty hectic.