A Korean grocery store, with a bakery and restaurant located inside.
I love trying new foods. I visited this Korean supermarket with a friend and tried some yummy new items.
The potato salad donut is similar to a croquette, and is sold at the in-store bakery. It was so delicious.
There is also a street vendor set up outside the store entrance, selling the pastries that are like pancakes cooked in the shape of a fish using a waffle iron and filled with different fillings. These were similar to the vendors at the Richmond Night market. I tried the blueberry jam filled ones and the red bean both were good. They also have some pan-fried pastries filled with cinnamon, brown sugar and peanuts which were delicious.
The grocery store itself was a bit of a culture shock and most of the items weren't familiar. I go to T&T but this grocery store seemed a bit more authentic.
They also have a deli area where they sell kimchi, premade noodles, and their meats section sells pre-marinated Korean meats.
Worth a visit if you like Korean foods.
Korean sushi or ‘Gimbap’ has always been one of my family’s favourites. Today, my mother went to Hannam at 9:08am to purchase some gimbap. Since the store was just opening, nothing was ready yet… So she asked if she could wait for some. The lady behind the counter was very nice, she told my mother to wait 20minutes…It ended up being 30minutes, but the lady was very pleasant & apologized, so my mother was quite happy.
That changed quickly.
When she took the gimbap to the cashier—she was greeted with an attitude, almost a glare. What was her problem? My mother has no idea. Then, the cashier exclaimed the price on the gimbap had been labelled wrong… “It’s $5.69, not $3.99”. APPARENTLY, MY MOTHER HAD TAKEN ANOTHER STICKER AND STICKED IT ON THE GIMBAP HERSELF. Yes. The cashier implied that my mother had managed to go through their machines, make her own sticker, and then stick it on the gimbap.
At this point, she felt humiliated. The cashier had accused her loudly!! Everyone around her was staring. Upset, my mother tried to stand up for herself—but she couldn’t, she can’t speak English. At this point, the manager walked by. My mother tried to explain, but it didn’t make sense because the cashier had already got rid of the stickers. The only thing she could say was “before, sticker $3… Now $5”. The manager thought she was bargaining. The cashier didn’t speak. My mother was told to leave.
My mother was wrongly accused, humiliated, and is extremely upset. She swears she saw a smirk on the cashier’s face when she left the store. Why was the cashier so rude? I have no idea. The only conclusion I can think of is not very pleasant… The cashier was probably racist. My mother’s Chinese. Koreans & Chinese had a rocky relationship in the past.
Dear Hannam, please pick up your phone… I’m quite angry & ranting online is barely helping. My mother did not deserve to be discriminated against. No one does.
I live right behind this store and have been in there a few times to grab some essentials. It has always been a huge hassle to find anything or get help from anyone. The store manager doesn't even know what they have or where it's located. I wanted water chestnuts. I had to ask 3 employees before I got passed to the manager and then he looked in one isle and said they didn't have them. Then about 10 minutes later I ended up finding them myself! It stinks like fish there, there is a very small amount of local produce available, it isn't very clean looking at all inside and most of their items are not properly labelled/priced. Would not recommend this place to anyone that was not Korean.
If there is any establishment anywhere that would like to improve its customer relations or learn how to put on a fresh face for the public, all they need do is visit the Hannam Market in Surrey. Pleasant is an understatement. Eager to please would better describe their approach to one entering the store. I'm just an Alberta redneck (and the only white guy in the place) but they couldn't do enough for me. I had texted my wife (who is Asian) if she'd like anyhting from this very special store. She asked me to pick her up an item (which was unknown to me) and they couldn't do enough to help me.
Absolutely fantastic people and service.
Even if you're just sightseeing, make sure to take in the Hannam.