A ‘Little Banchan Shop’ for Long Island City

During recent trips back to his native South Korea, Hooni Kim, the chef and owner of Danji and Hanjan (a pandemic casualty), noted that there was a banchan shop in practically every neighborhood. But not back home. “Every New York neighborhood deserves a banchan shop,” he said. The shelves of this new store are lined with dozens of kimchis, pickles and other side dishes, the meaning of banchan, that are essential to a Korean meal. Some basics like gochujang and soybean paste are imported from Korea, but just about everything else is made in-house with ingredients from local farms and some staff from Hanjan. The shop also stocks banchan sets to get beginners started. His wife, Catherine, runs the shop while he’s in the kitchen. He plans to open a small tasting-menu restaurant, Meju, in the fall and is thinking of adding satellite shops in other locations.

The Little Banchan Shop, 5-28 49th Avenue (Fifth Street), Long Island City, Queens, 718-806-1636, littlebanchanshop.com.

Follow New York Times Cooking on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, TikTok and Pinterest. Get regular updates from New York Times Cooking, with recipe suggestions, cooking tips and shopping advice.



Source link

Latest

Blast at Kabul education centre kills 19

The Emergency NGO Hospital in Kabul said in a...

Russia-Ukraine war latest: what we know on day 220 of the invasion

Vladimir Putin has signed “accession treaties” formalising...

Army Officers Appear On Burkina Faso TV, Declare New Coup

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — More than a dozen...

California To Protect Trans Kids Traveling To State For Gender-Affirming Care

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signed a bill into...

Restaurant Review: Laser Wolf Is Serving Skewers, Dips and Sunset Vibes

It’s hard to imagine anybody who will be disappointed by the new Brooklyn restaurant Laser Wolf except, of course, people who are under the...

Food deliveryman becomes victim of Spring Day madness [watch]

South Africans have shared various reactions to a clip of some children soaking an unsuspecting deliveryman in water on Spring Day. In a video...

When Restaurants Meet Retail Therapy

When I think about the earliest days of the pandemic in New York City, my memories are bittersweet. It was a stressful and scary...