After a long day skiing at Bear Creek, the GF and I decided to head over to the Elkins Park H Mart to grab some Korean food and groceries. This is definitely one of the better H Mart's near Philadelphia, with plenty of individual stores that surround the larger Korean grocery store. There is a Paris Baguette and a proprietor that sells fresh Korean ban chan, BBQ, and stews!
But if you head to the 2nd floor, there are a variety of Korean dishes that can be ordered - right from the counter in the corner. Based on what you've ordered, you'll see the order number for the respective dishes pop up on a digital screen. Might be confusing at first, but it's efficient and seamless.
There are different outposts that create your respective dishes. And that's where the number for your order will pop up. So once it does, head over, grab your tray, and you're ready to go.
Pan-Fried Vegetable & Pork Dumplings [$8.95]
The GF was in the mood for dumplings. Although Toreore's soup dumplings (aka XLB) were out of commission, the pan-fried dumplings were good as well. This was a hefty portion, featuring crisp and deftly fried wrappers filled with a healthy portion of vegetable and pork. It came with a soy-green onion sauce and some sweet pickled radish.
Kang Poong Gi [$9.95]
Garlic fried chicken
We also got the garlic fried chicken, which is usually of my favorite dishes. However, Toreore's was not my favorite rendition of this oft-enjoyed Korean-Chinese fusion dish. It's meant to be crisply fried (which this was), but I'm used to more garlic than sweet. I also prefer a lighter coating of the sauce.
Still, not bad for less than $10. It came with a green onion soup that was clear and wasn't salty at all. There was also some rice, a dollop of fermented black bean paste, sweet pickled radish, and onions.
So while Toreoreo and the H Mart at Elkins Park is a bit far from Center City, Philadelphia, it's worth a trip - especially if you're in need of Korean groceries. Stock up on kimchi, Korean BBQ, and grab a bite for lunch or dinner while you're at it.
Toreore Chicken at H Mart: Elkins Park
7320 Old York Road
Elkins Park, PA 19027