Food & restaurants
There are numerous Korean food shops in New Malden. The leading supplier seems to be Korea Foods, with three large stores in the area and one in Cambridge. Details on their website. I saw one of their vans outside my office in the City one day, so obviously they do deliveries (unfortunately, they weren’t delivering to our canteen that day).
The food store I go to in central London is the Hanna Supermarket, off Tottenham Court Road at 41 Store Street WC1E 7QF. You can buy Kimchi and soju there, as well as lots of other stuff which I don’t really understand. Take a Korean friend to show you around and tell you what all the ingredients are for. Downstairs you can rent videos of the latest Korean soap (no subtitles) and buy a bibimbap for under a fiver.
There’s also the Centre Point Food Store at 20-21 St Giles High Street, WC2, which also does Japanese groceries. It’s on the ground floor of the annex to Centrepoint. Their selection of fresh veg is slightly better than Hanna, they have ready-marinated bulgogki and similar stuff in the fridge, and the staff have better English than Hanna; but I still end up going to Hanna for their anchovy kimchi.
There’s also a shop in Golders Green, mentioned in the comment section below.
Update 25 June 2007: I’ve now pulled together a consolidated list of Korean food stores here.
The Korean Restaurant and Supermarket Association (KORSA) has a website with a comprehensive listing of Korean restaurants in New Malden, Central London, and elsewhere in the UK. http://hansikuk.com/
Korean restaurants in London are listed here: http://www.allinlondon.co.uk/korean-restaurants.php. Of these, my favourite is Asadal for evenings (book before you go – it’s a popular place). Some others I’ve visited are listed here.
Translations of Korean dishes
http://www.clickkorea.org/ contains a link to a food dictionary