12 H Mart Groceries I’m Stocking Up on for the Holidays

published Nov 18, 2022
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The arrival of the holiday season means more grocery trips, whether you’re hosting dinner for a crowd, sourcing snacks for a late-night soirée, or attending a family function. Before you drive all over town visiting every last store, make H Mart your first (and hopefully last!) stop for your holiday needs. Get started with these 12 H Mart groceries that I’m stocking up on this winter.

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1. Haio Yuza Tea with Honey, $5.99 for 2.2 pounds

This yuza tea (aka citron tea, or yuzu tea) is a lifesaver for me over the holidays. The citron fruit, peel and all, is ensconced in honey, and just a few spoonfuls dissolved in hot water make an incredibly bright, pleasingly sweet, very comforting cup of tea. Whenever I’m feeling a little draggy after one too many parties, I’ll have a night in with some yuza tea.

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2. Samlip Hoi Hoi Sweet Bun, $4.99 for 18.34 ounces

Hotteok, sweet pancakes with brown sugar or honey filling, are an immensely popular winter street food in Korea. Warm up a few of these sweet, sticky buns to snack on by a crackling fire.

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3. Apple Sidra Apple Soda, $5.99 for 6 cans

I’m extremely dedicated to sparkling apple cider during the holidays (something about that Martinelli’s bottle is so festive!), but this year I’ll be switching over to Apple Sidra because of its even more joyous packaging. This Taiwanese soda is lightly apple-flavored and super crushable, making it appealing to adults and kids alike.

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4.  Jinga Japchae (Korean Noodles with Veggies), $8.49 for 16 ounces

I know it’s a party at a Korean household when I see a big bowl of japchae on the buffet table. This classic banquet dish is always a crowd-pleaser, but can be time-consuming to make from scratch. The pre-made section of H Mart is a reliable source for “pass off as homemade” foods, so grab this japchae on your way to your next holiday potluck.

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5. Calbee My Pote White Truffle Potato Chips, $2.99 for 2.12 ounces

My Pote potato chips are quickly becoming a favorite of mine — the flavor options are top-notch. (I especially love the yuzu seaweed potato chips.) For the holidays, I’ll be classing up my hor d’oeuvres spread with these white truffle potato chips and pairing them with a sour cream ranch dip (highbrow-lowbrow style). 

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6. Kimino Sparkling Water Mikan, $2.99 for 8.45 fluid ounces

I’m always looking for new non-alcoholic drinks to have on hand for parties, and these sparkling waters from Kimino taste as good as they look. The mikan flavor is my go-to because satsuma mandarin oranges are one of my absolute favorite winter fruits.

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7. Pork Bulgogi Marinade, $6.99 for 1.85 pounds

Looking for an easy holiday dinner hack? I love these pre-made bulgogi sauces not just for marinating thinly sliced ribeye for bulgogi, but also for prepping large-format meats. Douse a whole pork shoulder in this sauce and braise in a slow cooker or in the oven for a crowd-worthy meal.

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8. Samsung Gasmyungsoo, $11.99 for 10 75mL bottles

I discovered these (new-to-me) digestive drinks during my recent trips to Korea — and boy are they a game-changer! The tiny glass bottles have bicarbonate and herbal ingredients to help alleviate indigestion, so I’ll definitely be stocking up on these for sipping after Thanksgiving dinner.

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9. Binggrae Melona Mochi Melon, $5.99 for 6 pieces

After all the hard work of cooking a holiday dinner and hosting guests, sometimes the last thing you want to worry about (or even have room in your belly for) is dessert. Mochi is perfect for these scenarios — just pop the ice cream balls out of the packaging, and dessert is served! I’m especially excited about this Melona mochi ice cream, which is inspired by the classic Korean honeydew-flavored ice cream bar.

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10. Surasang Sliced Rice Cake, $5.49 for 32 ounces

Rounding out the holiday season is New Year’s Day, an occasion that calls for rice cake soup. Now is the perfect time to stock up on these snowy white coins. Bonus: They make a great base for repurposing your leftovers into a quick and tasty stir-fry.

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11. Lotte Sac Sac Orange Box, $17.99 for 12 (8.05 ounce) cans

For many Koreans, whenever you visit someone at their home (whether it’s the first time or the 20th), it’s customary to bring a gift — usually a food-related item, like a box of fresh fruit or a gift set of fun beverages. You can find gift boxes, like this one containing the popular orange drink Sac Sac, at H Mart. Each adorably tiny can is full of mandarin orange juice with tons of refreshing pops of pulp.

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12. Ferrero Rocher Gift Box, $11.99 for 24 pieces

Want to step up your host gift game even more? These gold-wrapped chocolate orbs are the ultimate status symbol — especially in Asian households. Bring a box to your auntie’s house and you’ll be sure to impress! Or stash a set at home to get yourself through the holiday season.

Don’t live near an H Mart?

Here’s where you can find many of these items.