Mole and Kimchi and Beer, Oh My! Scenes from a Long Point Road Culinary Tour

Categories: Edible Events

Photo by Kaitlin Steinberg
The multitude of dried seafood was positively thrilling!
Our third stop was the most enjoyable for me. I spent a week last summer in Seoul, South Korea, and while I was there, I fell head over heels in love with the food. I could eat kimchi every day if I knew my friends and coworkers wouldn't complain about the fermented cabbage smell I'd leave in my wake.

So imagine my delight when I stepped through the doors of Super H Mart and into a produce section full of fruits and vegetables I had never seen before, even in Korea. There were jars of chile garlic sauce bigger than my head, whole refrigerated sections full of kimchi and a seafood counter that almost made me weep for joy (remember, I've been living in the Midwest for the past two years).

Photo by Kaitlin Steinberg
What I should have photographed is the meal. What I did photograph is this.
The whole place is like a food-lover's Disneyland, and if all the shopping makes you hungry, there's a Korean food court inside the store. It's like H-E-B's deli counter, only it's nothing like it because it's so much better. The tour group was treated to Korean fried chicken in garlic and chile varieties, both of which put regular old fried chicken to shame.

When it came time to leave, Shepherd and I realized we hadn't stumbled upon any of our coveted soju, a Korean rice liquor similar to vodka, but often smoother and slightly sweeter. A search for soju left us empty-handed (we think the alcohol content is too high to sell in a grocery store), but Shepherd took my disappointment and turned it into a teaching moment by introducing me to Makgeolli, a Korean rice wine that looks like old skim milk and is a favorite of his boys at Underbelly. It is not appetizing to look at, and it doesn't smell particularly good, but it's slightly fizzy and fermented and oddly refreshing. I decided I could easily get down on a bottle of Makgeolli while soaking up some sun on a boat.

Location Info

El Hidalguense

6917 Long Point, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Vieng Thai

6929 Long Point Rd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Super H Mart

1302 Blalock Road, Houston, TX

Category: General

Polonia Restaurant

1780 Blalock, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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Vieng Thai is overrated.  They gear their dishes to American palates not Thai ones.  I like it spicy and when they bring it out it isn't. 

Lea Brice Hougland
Lea Brice Hougland

I am soooooooo jealous of your little food tour adventure! I have got to get in on this.

timblack2 topcommenter

Just a small note: The Grub Hub article was about how many different cuisines are available for takeout, not the total number of cuisines in a city. We have far more than 28.


Long Point's a great food street!! Sissies who insist on 'an upscale ambiance' when dining are missing some great food, and enriching culture. Welcome....Hillcroft or Bellaire up next I'll bet.


and we all live together in relative harmony out here too.  


Thanks for visiting my neighborhood, Spring Branch, and for spot-lighting some of the great food it has to offer! H Mart ROCKS. You missed Kim Chow, also on Long Point, which is disappointing, but there's always next time!

gossamersixteen topcommenter

I love Hmart, best produce section of any grocery in town and very affordable. Also love Vieng Thai provided you don't take their *service* personally.  Great read, good article.

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