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Here's the latest update on what Mr. Ali Malik has going on at Asia Mart in Sasang. The location is still the same, so please follow previous entries for directions. Here goes:
Lamb (on the bone and boneless)
Long Grain Rice
Before going out there be sure to call to make sure he has what you need in stock. If he runs out of the fresh products, he usually restocks them pretty quickly, so be sure and call first. He speaks perfect English.
Here is his info:
Email - [email protected]
really, they have pinto beans? are you sure? pinot beans are my favorite. they have always had what appears to be adzuki beans. (they look like pinto beans, but are pink instead of brown). did he say they were pinto beans? if so, that is awesome. thanks for posting such wonderful bean information
Elmo, just to confirm they are real pintos. I bought a kilo of them and made some great refried beans! I read the label and they are from China, but definitely the same as any pintos I've purchased in Texas. Pick up some cumin and fresh cilantro while you're there, too..
I am absolutely positive they are pinto beans. He personally ordered them for me when in an acto of desperation I went in and asked him to. He googled them, and within 5 days he had ordered like 20 boxes of 20 packages per box. 1KG cost 6,000won.
Since then, I have been seeing them at literally every market. In Korean they are called 새알콩 (pigeon egg beans, or something like that). If you go to any market, particularly the one by Bujeondong train station, you'll see several ajummas selling them.
well mr./ms/mrs shiner, thanks for the pinto post. that is pretty cool. now if he could only import some whole grain basmati. took in a package from the us&a once, but he said he could not get it. he said it was 'usa rice' or something like that. it confused me a little bit, given that he is an importer and all. your bean announcement may just change my breakfasts from here on out. maybe even my life. do you remember how much they were? by the way, you can also get cilantro at emarts. it is labeled as 'hot pepper' for some reason. it costs 1480won or something like that
The pintos were 5,000/kg, the garbanzos & lentils 3,500/kg. That's a great deal considering they're dried and will last forever. I'd been buying those S&W black beans at around 3,000 a can at Homeplus..a rip-off AND they stopped stocking them. Ali said he would continue to import pintos but you never know, so it wouldn't hurt to buy a couple of kg's.
I know you can get cilantro (고수) at Emart in a pinch, but he has a huge fresh bunch of it for 2,000!
~mr shiner (bock)
Ah yes. This is great news! Thanks
Does anyone have any idea if you can find artichokes in busan?
Thanks so much!
Costco used to sell artichoke hearts, but then they disappeared! Not much help, but worth keeping your eyes open.
They also used to sell pâté too, but alas also gone!
those are not pinto beans. they do say pinto beans on the label, but they are labeled incorrectly. they are the same beans that people sell in markets all over korea. near as i can tell they are tongue of fire or bartolli (sp) beans, which it seems that koreans call pigeon beans. the flavor is alright with seasoning, but not that great, especially compared to pinto beans. the look is very similar, but the beans in korea have a pink speckled pattern, whereas pinto beans are brown on brown. just find a picture of pinto beans and compare them to what are for sale here. when i get my next shipment of pintos, i will take some into mr.malik and show them to him. he got ripped off by whoever labeled those pinto beans. then again, maybe the bag i bought was a bum bag, but i doubt it. they all looked the same, though. anyway, those are not pinto beans. however, the homeplus in ssaasssaaang had eight cans each of the s&w chili beans and black beans. i bought five each, so i left the other three of each for whoever also likes to go on bean hunts. thanks for trying to get him to order pintos, much appreciated
I was there a week ago. Two comments:
1) Sangam Indian Restaurant is on the same street, on the second floor. The food is good, but our party of five waited an hour to be served. The lunch buffet also looks good and would have less waiting.
2) Be careful with the food at those stores. Check the expiry dates. Actually this is good advice in much of Korea.
Finally made it to Asian Food Mart and the store next to it. Great bean selection and the canned Indian food I tried was pretty good.
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