by Michael Hsu, 01/28/2014 [Updated 02/04/2015]
Hong Kong Supermarket. Photo: Alexander Thompson
Hong Kong Supermarket
37-11 Main St., 718-539-6868
29-02 Union St., 718-445-5656
141-40 Northern Blvd., 718-358-0700
There's no dearth of Asian supermarkets in Flushing, but the Hong Kong Supermarket, a Flushing institution, is worth a visit even if bok choy and ginger root aren't on your shopping list. It has a dizzying selection of Asian candy (including puckery dried plums, muscat-flavored fruit chews and more flavors of Pocky than you ever thought existed) and a drink case stocked with exotic concoctions (mango-flavored aloe beverage, anyone?). It's also a great source for specialty appliances, like fuzzy-logic rice cookers and electric hot-water dispensers that maintain the perfect temperatures for black and green teas. H Mart, a sprawling Korean grocery store, is another great spot to explore, as samples of a wide range of Asian foodstuffs are always on offer. At either Flushing location you can find green-tea-flavored popped-rice chips and dried kimchi to snack on, fresh taiyaki (fish-shaped cakes filled with sweet red-bean paste and even an in-house restaurant serving simple preparations of traditional Korean dishes, like bibimbap and japchae.