It’s been a while since we featured the Korean and Japanese Store in Olaya Street and we haven’t visited it for quite some time. We liked that store for its stock of ingredients in making sushi and maki and also for its bulgogi (grilled marinated beef strips). After a while, they went out of stock of the bulgogi which was the main reason I visit it in the first place. Friends said they also had the kalbi or galbi (Korean barbecued beef short ribs) before but I’ve never set my eyes on it at that store. And so after some time, a friend mentioned another Korean store in Riyadh. I thought she was referring to the same store in Olaya but she pointed a different part of Riyadh in the map and I have been bugging my husband to go there just so I can check if it’s really there. When we ate in restaurants that have “korean” wings in their menu (like Kimchickin and East Coast Wings), that’s that only time I got the chance to visit the store too.
We came from Exit 8 and I asked my husband if we can visit the Korean store since it’s along the way and he eyed me suspiciously. “What do you mean by ‘along the way’?” I smiled sheepishly. He knew me too well. “Along the way” for me is just somewhere near a long the way we’ll be traversing. But it doesn’t mean it’s just there. There is a great chance that we have to go inside smaller streets from the main highway. I showed him a map and said, “Look, it’s near!” He asked me to zoom in. Hahaha! Oh well, we went anyway and reached the place a few minutes after nine in the evening; also a few minutes before closing time so I didn’t have the chance to see go over all the products they sell. This store focuses on Korean items though: it’s quite obvious in their sign “Korean Food Stuffs“. Yes, stuffs, baket ba?! Haha!
So here are most of their products that I managed to take a photo of. Sorry if the prices are not complete too because the salesman was in a hurry to shoo us out. Haha! Don’t worry, he was friendly. It was just that we came so near the closing time and I was taking my sweet time in taking photos and asking prices that he thought we might stay forever. Haha!
Okay, again, the pictures:
I used to hear Ate Jel (one of the former Pink Tarha ladies) mention Nongshim noodles. According to the sign in the store, it’s considered as Korea’s No. 1 Noodles. I can’t verify that but the pictures on the packaging of these noodles look appetizing! They go for SR 4 to SR 5 per pack. Most of their noodles are known for being spicy and this Neoguri is no exception. The husband tried it and I almost balked at the red soup. Obviously, someone loves the heat.
Chajang is a sauce made from black bean paste and this noodle reminded me of the first store because I tried it from way back and it was a bit sweet and savory.
We Filipinos are very much familiar with champong (or jjampong) because a popular noodle brand in the Philippines came out with a ready-to-eat version of this one. Just put water and voila! An extra spicy soup that will tickle your sinus! I remembered a friend (hi Kel!) who ate a champong noodle in a cup before our ferry ride from Bohol to Cebu and the entire time we were in the ferry, he complained of stomach ache. After docking in Cebu, we went straight to the hospital! The spiciness of the champong kicked his gastritis a notch higher. So, easy on this spicy noodle soup folks!
The store also has noodles for Korean recipes like:
Then there are some ingredients available for other dishes:
And here are the sauces if you want to make your own Korean food at home:
Example of prices: Bulgogi Sauce (SR 28), Soy Sauce (SR 10), Sesame Sauce in a tin (SR 60), Sesame Oil (SR 80), Sesame Virgin Oil (SR 35).
If you’re too lazy to do your own marination or preservation or pickling of food, then just get them ready at their fridge:
The famous KIMCHI! This is the traditional fermented side dish in Korea that is made up of vegetables (most popular is the napa cabbage) and seasoned with various spices (hello red chilli flakes).
And more food in their freezers:
Aside from the food, they also have some tools that will make your Korean experience near authentic like uhmn…
Because the store focuses on Korean food only, their offerings are not as extensive and wide like the one in Olaya. But they’re sufficient if you want to have a Korean night with your friends at home. You’ll find most of the ingredients here. And no, they’re not connected to the Korean store in Olaya. So there you go, hope you find the ingredients you’re looking for here. If you can’t see them here, it’s possible that I didn’t take a photo of it so it’ll be wise to call Mr. Babul, the storekeeper at +966-50-096-3122 for the availability of what you might need.
Take note that if you’re going here in a taxi, then let him wait for you because taxis are hard to come by this area.
Kam sa hae yo!
Korean Food Stuffs
7829 Al Muarrakh Ibn Bishr Street,
Ar-Rabwah, Riyadh, KSA [MAP]
Operating Hours: 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM / 4:00 PM to 9:30 PM