The Asian supermarket H Mart is just around the corner from Lexington. Its aisles are chock full of treasures: sauces, noodles, dumplings, seaweed, rice, tofu, fresh banchan (Korean side dishes), an ocean of fish, teas, condiments galore and so much more. But for some of us, the unfamiliar ingredients, unrecognizable labels and the football-field-size of the store is just too daunting for an enjoyable shopping experience. Join Debra Samuels, Boston Globe food writer and author of two cookbooks (The Korean Table and My Japanese Table) for a tour as she guides you around the market to acquaint you with this wonderful resource. “Shop with a recipe; that helps to focus your task” says Samuels. Because the market is so large and there is so much to see, this year we are offering the tour in 2 sessions so there will be more time for questions, shopping and snacking.
After each guided tour we will head over to the food court and sample some of the delicious offerings, pre-selected by Debra, from the bakery and restaurant stalls. Debra will provide handouts with recipes and how to stock your own “starter” Asian pantry. Class meets at HMart, 3 Old Concord Road., Burlington at the entrance of the Food Court.
Debra Samuels is a cookbook author, food and travel writer and cooking teacher. Debra has lived abroad for more than a decade in Japan and Italy, where she studied Italian, Korean and Japanese cuisine.