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

G.A. Benton, Columbus Alive

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.