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More Food Court – H Mart Elkins Park

I live real close to an H Mart, but the first ever H Mart that opened around this area is in Elkins Park. My family headed up that way to do some other shopping, and we stopped at the newish food court there to check it out. It’s called More Food Court and it’s actually pretty interesting. There are 6 food spots (i think) – vietnamese, korean fried chicken, chinese, traditional korean, japanese, and sushi (or something like that). You order in one spot, and then you get a number, and when your number shows up, you go to the particular window to pick up your food. It’s all computerized and shizz. Fanciness.

Your receipts have the order number. Then you go to your window when your number shows up on the numberboard overhead. It’s kind of brilliant actually. The food stations don’t need to worry about taking money, they just take care of making the food.

My sis-in-law wanted to try some korean style fried chicken. None of us were sure if this was indeed korean style fried chicken (really, what is it, exactly?) but it sure seemed like a possibility. So she got an order. It’s made to order, so this took the longest. She didn’t realize that it would be proper fried chicken that would need to be eaten with the hands. She didn’t want to make that much of an effort, so she didn’t end up eating it. She swapped her food with my bro, but my bro and I ate this. I liked it! It’s hard to describe the taste, but it’s sweet and spicy and savory. ┬áThe batter reminded me of the taste of tonkatsu batter. I would definitely eat this again, but I think it’s easier to order the boneless nugget version.

We’re all so random. My mom got a salmon teriyaki bento box from the japanese outfit. A nice piece of salmon, seaweed salad, a couple pieces of california roll, some veggie tempura, rice, and miso soup. Quite a bargain if you ask me.

My brother got the chajangmyun, as is very typical for him. He got to eat some, before he was forced to give it up to his wife.

And in the same way my bro always gets chajangmyun, I get jjamppong an awful lot. Sometimes, I can be very predictable. It always looks like red fiery death, but it’s not always super spicy. This one was spicy, but not overly so. It was a bit heavy on the veggies, but still good, with lots of seafood. I don’t know why I love this dish so much, I just do. I can eat this all the time!

Oh, and happy 2010!

My Family Eats Too Much

Christmas for my family is all about eating. Ok, any get together with my family is about eating. On this particular christmas, we pretty much ate from 2pm until we left. It’s non-stop grazing, from beginning until end. My aunt loves to make spinach dip.

Kimchi pajeon… regular pajeon is good, but kimchi pajeon is so much better! This particular batch was amazing.

We had regular non-spicy pajeon too. We’re a small peoples, but we eat lots!

My aunt always makes shrimp tempura, so we had more of these freakishly large shrimp from the costco.

She had proper tempura batter this time, instead of the chicken batter she used last time. Who doesn’t love deep fried shrimp? My mom eats the shrimp tails. So does my uncle. I do not! She says it’s full of calcium. I’d rather drink milk or take supplements!

I made a special request for these chinese dumplings. My aunt buys them at a local chinese restaurants, and she can buy them frozen. They are shrimp and chive dumplings. These were still super tasty, but they had transformed from shrimp and chive dumplings into chive and shrimp dumplings. Whereas they were mostly shrimp with a hint of chive before, these new ones were mostly chive with a couple of tiny miniscule shrimp in them. It was seriously disappointing, but still delicious. I guess it’s just a sign of the times!

Since I have an unhealthy like for ddukpokki, my mom had picked some up the day before and heated it up. It was pretty good for store bought stuff.

After all the grazing, we did have a proper “dinner” later on. We had some japchae, some random veggie banchan, kimchi, of course, and a whole crapload of meat.

These shortribs really should be grilled, so grilled they were! Snow was still all over the place, and definitely on the back deck, but my uncle had shoveled himself a little path to the grill. And with full snow garb on, he cooked these babies up. And they were particularly good!

My cousin brought a pie! Not just any pie folks, but a sweet potato pie that had a layer of pecan pie on top! Whoo! Super sweet as all get out, but I still enjoyed it.

Chinese In A Casino

I headed off to vegas for a short work-related visit. For our first night there, we had a rough time finding food. We went to the Rio to eat at an italian place that C had been to before, but when we got there, we found out it was no longer there. So then we walked to a different italian place there, but it was too expensive and the advertisements for the restaurant were too creepy. Several other places we tried to go to were already closed. This is why we resorted to eating at Mah Jong. It’s a fast food chinese spot. I went with the beef chow fun. It was ok. The hot and sour soup was awful. It’s hard to describe why it was so bad, but it was neither hot nor sour nor good. And this food was horribly overpriced as well, for less than mediocre chinese. I like the Rio, but not for this place!
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