Exploring ethnic markets: From kimchi to curry, an in-depth look at four Columbus standouts

  • Photos by Meghan Ralston
From the July 25, 2013 edition

Think kimchis, curries, moles and baba ghanouj are mysterious things you’ll never unlock the secrets of — let alone be able to nosh on cheaply while at home and on a moment’s notice? Well, here’s a friendly little ethnic market shopping guide that’ll help demystify those international classics and demonstrate how cravings for them can be quickly — and often instantly — satisfied in your own kitchen.

The following popular foreign food stores are all modest-sized and easily navigated, yet are densely packed with glorious, rapidly ready wonders. Bonus: Three of these marvelous shops are equipped with excellent — and inexpensive — mini-restaurants.