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Check Out an interview with the owners of the Awesome Hana Japanese Market

by Prince Of Petworth February 22, 2016 at 10:05 pm 13 Comments

17th and U Street, NW

For my fellow fanatics of the Hana Japanese Market. Thanks to a reader for passing on – The “What’s It Like to Run D.C.’s Only Japanese Supermarket?” Edition from Slate:

“For those of us who grew up in Asian supermarkets, consolation takes the form of one vibrant, tiny gem: Hana Japanese Market. Located on the cusp of the U Street Corridor, this bite-sized supermarket bursts at the seams with Asian essentials like sushi-rolling supplies, fresh mochi, and every type of ramen you could imagine.”

Listen to the interview here.

Ed. Note: If you are not a fantatic – don’t listen you will be bored to tears. Open only since 2008, but this store is in my top ten list of things I love about DC. So don’t you freaking dare think about criticizing this interview…

  • Philippe Lecheval

    I’ve always wanted to go in there and I live so close, but I have yet to give it a try. This might finally be the motivation. Some of those obscure Japanese snack foods are pretty gross, but some of them are uniquely incredible.

  • Ben

    I’m still amazed how cheap their prices are.

    Also the only place I know of where you can buy uni. Put a few pieces on some steamed rice. Yum!

  • Mt. Vernon Triangle

    So interesting! Thanks for posting.

  • Clueless

    Love this store. Though it’s tiny, it’s densely packed with the best Asian foods and snacks… including POCKY!

  • fka Shawess

    The most recent episodes of this podcast have all been with people in DC! There’s also one with the owner of Qualia Coffee, for example. But I agree — Hana is amazing!

  • PetworthPanda

    It’s all about the Kewpie mayo!

    • SparklyKittyTacos

      Yessss, Kewpie mayo is where it’s at!

  • neighbor

    Damnit! Now the line is going to be even longer. Why’d you have to go and tell people about Hana Market?

  • Marcus

    “but this store is in my top ten list of things I love about DC”

    Could you please post your top ten list? I clicked on the link, and was disappointed not to find 9 other things as awesome as Hana Market!

  • 17thStreet

    Hana Market is amazing! Sushi-grade fish, green tea Kitkats, mochi ice cream. If you go in the coming months, be sure to check out the beautiful old cherry tree blossoming near that corner, too.

  • ChenChen

    I got Kewpie Mayo (for Taiwanese pineapple fried shrimp) and Japanese mustard paste and it was half the price of Amazon :)

    Cute place! wish it was bigger but way better than nothing.


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