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Han Ah Reum is a multiple-aisled, fluorescent-lit home away from home for Manhattan’s Korean expats, who make up about half of the supermarket’s clientele. The rest, according to a manager, is 30 percent Chinese and Japanese, and 20 percent increasingly kimchee-obsessed Westerners. Be sure to try the frozen mandoo, soybean paste, Korean pears, Asian cookies and candy, prepacked sashimi, and—because assimilation is inevitable—Hellmann’s mayo and Heinz ketchup. Momofuku’s David Chang says, “It’s the only place where we can get salted small shrimp for our kimchee.” Adds Tía Pol’s Alex Raij, who likes to sprinkle Korean-pepper threads on her chocolate-chorizo montadito: “I also get acorn flour there. Koreans use it for desserts, but I use it for gnocchi.”