Groceries Shopping @ Lotte Mart, Seoul Station (with list of must buy items)

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We always put a supermarket visit on our travel list – Big C at Bangkok, Cosco at Taipei and City Super at Hong Kong. Don’t get me wrong, we do enjoy prowling wet markets with shouting butchers and fish mongers. But there’s nothing better than an hour spent pushing a cart at an air conditioned space, puzzling over unfamiliar junk food.
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Lotte Mart Seoul Station is conveniently located within the subway building. If you go by subway, alight at Seoul Station and come out at Exit 1. Since our service apartment is just a stone’s throw away from Lotte Mart, we dropped by for a quick bite. There’s a food court within and  a simple meal ranges from 5000-8000 won.  Towards the tail end of our trip, we even went back to grab some souvenirs for families and friends.
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Koreans pickle just about everything

Lotte Mart Seoul Station has got every household related stuff that you can think of parked under one roof. If you are wondering how does a normal Korean meal looks like in most families here (they can’t be having BBQ every day), then this is the best place to be.
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pre packed seafood, jumbo size pork chop, bacon rolls
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korean strawberries, live abalones, jumbo size tonkatsu, jumbo size ebi tempura
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what are these boxes for?
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Upon checking out, we have to pack our groceries into these (given out for free) boxes. No plastic bags are provided so remember to bring along your recycle bags.

One can find all kinds of snacks, instant noodles, gingseng tea, soju, liqours and food stuff here. I would have grab everything if not because of limited baggage allowance. Our hauls:
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Scorched Rice Candy. This sounds intriguing and it tastes exactly like burnt rice. If you are someone who digs deep into your claypot chicken rice, then you will like this!
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We bought like more than a dozen of these tteokbokki (spicy rice cake) snacks. Sweet, sticky and spicy; this is so addictive!
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Beef broth powder and seafood broth powder. Koreans uses it on soup, porridge and even fried rice. It is very delicious with intense meat flavour.
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Market O Real Brownie by Orion (a famous snack manufacturer in Korea). My Korean friends told me that it’s made of organic ingredients so they feed their toddlers with this! We like it a lot too - so chocolatey and dense.
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Yuzu Tea
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Seaweed snacks populate entire sections of shelf space at Lotte Mart so we were spoilt for choice!
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Korean Strawberries and Melons
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My Korean friends told me that Binggrae’s Banana Flavored Milk is like one of the ‘traditional’ Korean drink and its popularity has been going strong even after 38 years. They tend to have it after a relaxing session of jimjilbang (korean hot bath) too. I can understand why; it is sweet, creamy with a mild banana flavour.

Lotte Mart provides tax refund service for 30,000 won purchase for tourists too. Remember to bring your receipt to tax refund counter at level 1.

Lotte Mart Seoul Station
122, 2-ka Bongrae-dong, Seoul, South Korea
Opens from 10am to 12am daily

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  1. Jobless Girl says:

    Melons looks cute. Wonder hows the taste like?
    Jobless Girl´s last [type] ..General Clerk

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  2. Michelle says:

    the melons look really pretty! have you tried korean apples?
    Michelle´s last [type] ..Simply Cooking: More steamed egg!

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  3. i love all those Korean snack/tidbits…
    Simple Person´s last [type] ..When Chili meet Pan Mee…

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  4. Choi Yen says:

    I saw this Binggrae’s Banana Flavored Milk was sold at Jusco :)

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  5. Winnie says:

    I also like going to supermarkets when I’m in a foreign country : )

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  6. Joey Y says:

    Visitting local supermarket is the best way to get to know more of their culture! Oh my, I’s love some scorched rice candy!!
    Joey Y´s last [type] ..Summer mode ON! ☀

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  7. squall chin says:

    I love Market O Real Brownie, i bought a lots during my last Korea trip….tteokbokki snacks now can get in KL also.

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  8. Benjy says:

    I will be going to Taiwan this coming July, and I saw that you mentioned that you have been to Costco…

    I just want to confirm, can we as non-members, shop at Costco? As I’ve read from the website, non-members are not eligible to shop there…

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    kampungboycitygal Reply:

    hi yeah we tagged along as our taiwanese friend is a member. You can go to Jason’s at taipei 101 or wellcome

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  9. chungmilo says:

    Binggrae’s Banana Flavored Milk is very nice….
    Thanks for recommending… the locals here so surprise even foreigners know their local drink.. :D

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    kampungboycitygal Reply:

    haha really? i love it, but its so expensive at JJ here

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  10. BB Aminah says:

    Hi can we still get tax refund for stuffs that we used or eaten (food) as I understand that we have to produce the items we bought at the tax refund counter?

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  11. Anonymous says:

    Beware expired goods! I realised my Etude House face masks were expired only after I got back

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  12. Madi says:

    Hi,

    I’m from Malaysia. Can I ask like how do you bring these fresh produces and snacks back to your country? Do you pack them in your luggage or in a box? Does the airport allows us to do so? Thank you. Going to Korea soon :)

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  13. Sandra says:

    Thankss good info, interesting this is the first thing info I just aware that I need this info.. I have to try and buy local food in demand :) ))

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