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From a small Korean shop in Dubai to a full-fledged online Asian supermarket with delivery to Abu Dhabi.
If you find it difficult to find Korean products or more generally Asian goods in Abu Dhabi – Korean skincare brands, kimchi, tofu- then we have good news to share as we recently stumbled upon an online grocery store dedicated to Asian products. It is called 1004 Gourmet and it’s really worth checking out.
We actually discovered that 1004 Gourmet was operating for a while now in the UAE. They started in 2008 as a small grocery shop in Dubai dedicated to Korean food and since then the business has organically grown a lot. It has now evolved to become the focal point of not just Korean but East Asian products, also imported from Japan, Thailand, Taiwan, and China.
Browsing the online shop, we appreciate that the website is straightforward and easy to navigate. Online visitors can actually fill their basket not only with edible goods from the Gourmet section, but also with Asian crockery, K beauty and more.
The Gourmet Section
This section includes everything we usually need when visiting a supermarket, from fruits and vegetables, to dairy, noodles, grains, meat and fish, pickled or dry food, sauces and seasonings and much more.
Some of our personal highlights include flavored mochi ice cream – yuzu, chocolate ganache, green tea, hazelnut, strawberry and many more – sold at a decent price (around 33 AED for a pack of 6). Dumplings and noodles fans will rejoice as the variety is large. It is also an opportunity to experience new recipes, shopping unfamiliar vegetables, fruits, beverages and also pickled food such as seasoned squid, octopus and others.
The platform also includes:
The Meat and Fish section
This section includes a mix of fish, seafood – fresh and frozen- meat such as beef, chicken or duck and eggs. We were surprised to see a non-Muslim meat section on the online shop.
The Lifestyle section
From cooking accessories to rice cookers or ceramic pots and pans, there is a lot of items to browse in this section. A few items caught our attention such as the cute teaforks and teaspoons, the handy rolly rice paddles available in different colors or the Jigle-Bogle Korean BBQ Grill Pan that allows you to prepare your Korean BBQ from the comfort of your home.
If you are into storing your crockery efficiently, you’ll like their vacimi sets ideal in narrow kitchens. The cute set consists of a pressed bamboo table mat, and a mix of 5 bowls and plates or different sizes for soup,rice and side dishes. Lovely!
The K Beauty Section
Skincare fans will certainly directly head to this section that proposes different brands and products to try, ranging from skincare to make up and even a few items for the body and the hair. We noticed COSRX, The Face Shop or Misski were amongst the listed brands and there were a few more to discover.
Some more practical Info
1004 Gourmet delivers to Abu Dhabi daily from Sunday to Wednesday only.
They propose both payment by cash or card on delivery.
Delivery is free of charge over 100AED spent (10 AED if order below 100AED).
The last few tips to share
If you happen to go to Dubai soon, you should also stop at their physical store that is like an Asian concept store, mixing supermarket, Korean beauty corner, along with a cafe.
The other plus is The Pure South Cafe located in the same block that we also love visiting in Dubai, another gourmet and beauty store with a cafe corner proposing trendy gourmet and beauty Australian brands to shop!
Credit Images: Mix Dubai & Abu Dhabi Confidential, FB page 1004 Gourmet
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