Different concepts with a common thread
Extending beyond that bag of groceries, the new Market Eateries will aim to be an eating-and-drinking destination featuring local food concepts, Asian gifts and cosmetics, and prepared food from Hmart. The food hall includes two restaurant concepts by celebrated Korean chef and author Deuki Hong: a new Korean-barbecue concept called Sunday BBQ; and a second location of his fried-chicken concept Sunday Bird, which first debuted in San Francisco.
A chef’s impressions
Chef Hong’s food memories of Hmart go way back, he said. “I grew up going to Hmart on weekends,” Hong recalled. “When I found out I would have the opportunity to bring my concepts there, I jumped at it! I’m so happy to be partnering with a brand that has values that truly align with my own.”
Lots to choose from
Local food vendors include Snow Monster (Taiwanese shaved ice, boba tea and waffles); MIX (Korean snack food); Momo Sushi; Sogongdong Tofu House (Korean tofu soup and comfort food); Lai Lai (authentic Chinese food); and Katsu (cutlets, omelets and pasta).
Tous Les Jours
This is a Korean bakery with traditional treats and snacks.
Market Eatery will offer $10 bottle of wine and $1 beers, drink specials plus sake and fruit-flavored makgeolli, traditional Korean rice wine. After drinks are purchased, they can be enjoyed at the no-tip, “bar inspired” space (not an actual bar), called Let Them Talk.
Let Them Talk also includes a performance stage for local acts.
Prepared Hmart food
In addition to the food hall, Hmart has a broad selection of prepared foods.
Meat-loving Texans should find a lot to love in the grocery store’s butcher shop.
The store includes a special section for side dishes, including kimchi, japchae (stir-fried glass noodles and veggies), kimbap (rice rolls) and pajeon (savory pancakes), with recipes passed down through the Kwon family.
The Face Shop
Korean beauty products with a cult following have their own space in the food hall.
And for a kitchen facelift, guests can pick up primo pots, pans and more.