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Another Random Conshy restaurant

S was in town from LA last week and she took us out to eat at the Stonewell Restaurant, a local Conshohocken sushi / korean joint. It’s in an unfortunate location on very busy Ridge pike, and in a homely standalone building. I think it used to be a different sushi/korean place, but now it’s called the Stonewell. Whatever.

The coolest thing about the joint is that when you walk in, there’s a big stuffed hammerhead shark looking at you. This is definitely the first sushi restaurant I’ve been to who enjoys displaying taxidermy. The place itself on the inside is hideously 80’s with bad pink wallpaper and really 80’s furniture. It’s fairly small, with a tiny little sushi bar. When we went, there was only a handful of people there. It made me feel a bit sad.

The menu is standard sushi/japanese fare with a smattering of korean dishes thrown in. I’m assuming koreans own the place. Most sushi places are run by koreans, whereas most korean places are not run by japanese, so my assumption is probably a pretty good one. I went with dolsot bibimbap, which is the mixed rice in the hot sizzling stone bowl. It comes with all the fixins laid on top, and you mix it yourself with however much of the spicy kochujang you want. I like mine spicy. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t great either. It’s the best bibimbap you’ll find in Conshohocken! Ha!

S got hwae dup bap, which is mixed rice topped with a bunch of sashimi. I’m not sure why, but I never eat this stuff. I mean I like the mixed rice part and I like sashimi, but I guess I just choose not to mix the stuff together. She seemed to like her food just fine. It’s definitely a very pretty dish.

I guess if you’re really hankering for korean food and you can’t stray far from where the Stonewell is, then it will serve your needs. But really, you should drive the few miles down the street to Norristown and go to August Moon. It’s far superior, even though that’s in a rather ghetto area. The service at the Stonewell was rather slow. It was one little lady, she was probably the wife, and the guy making the sushi was probably the husband. I wonder if it gets hopping at night?

Stonewell Restaurant
415 W Ridge Pike
Conshohocken, PA
610-828-6221

Japanese Curry

So the curry rice dish from Sang Kee inspired me to cook some curry. I don’t like typical curries you may find in an indian or thai restaurant, for those have coconut milk. I have this strong aversion to it. It’s not that I unlike coconut, but I don’t like coconut milk in my food, and I only like coconut for certain things. So it’s not my favorite thing in the world, but I’d certainly love a hot fresh macaroon now and then.

I like curry in the japanese way. I’m not sure what kind of curry powder it’s made from (definitely not red or green), it’s tan. And it typically comes with potatoes, onions, carrots, and some type of meat. I grew up on this stuff as my mom often made it growing up. It always seemed so exotic.

They sell the flavoring blocks in packages. It’s basically the curry powder and other stuff made into these things shaped like thick candy bars. It comes in different spicy ranges, mild, medium, and hot. I prefer mild. I don’t like cooked carrots, so I just took chicken and onions and cooked them, added some chopped up potatoes that I’d pre-steamed, and then added the water and the curry mix. You cook it up for awhile and then pour it over rice or noodles. It’s so easy and delicious.

The Cutest Little Japanese Market

There’s this Cherry Blossom Festival thing going on in the Philadelphia area. Last Saturday, they were having a japanese food tasting at this japanes marketin Narberth – Maido. I’ve never been to it before, even though it’s very close to my house. I thought this would be a good opportunity to check it out and taste some good food, for free.

The market is very cute. I would say 95% of the food is Japanese, and the rest various Asian. They even have a food counter so you can get some hot food. So far as this food tasting goes, they made it out to be alot bigger than it actually was. They did give away some ginger flavored miso soup, which was weird, some japanese pancake called okonomiyaki, which was pretty good, some sushi rice sprinkled with mixed seaweed, which I just loved, a few different drinks, snacks, and desserts. But it certainly didn’t fill you up! We were hoping to make a lunch out of it. Ha. I did pick up a few things and it’s nice to know that a missing ethnic ingredient can be had only 5 minutes away. And if I ever feel the need for some yakisoba, I know where to go.


So in order to eat real lunch, we ended up at Sang Kee Asian Bistro again. I ordered the roasted pork wonton noodle. It came with some shu mei type dumplings and roasted pork. The pork was delicious. The broth itself was very bland, which I expected because it just comes in a chicken broth, but with a little hot sauce, it tastes just great. We also had a house special noodle bowl, which was much bigger, and had a little bit of everything.

On the non-soup side, we had an order of penang baked seafood fried rice. That was delicious, in a curry sauce with seafood, including scallops. It seemed like an asian paella. I’m a big fan of this, and next time I will order this. Also, the seafood pan fried noodle, which is in a ginger wine glazed sauce with big bits of seafood with crispy thin egg noodles. This is plain, but tasty. Finally, we had the beef mei fun in black pepper sauce. I expected this to be very spicy and peppery, but it actually was quite good and not heavily peppery. As usual, the service was pretty good. I also noticed that at their bar, they have little built in TVs into the bar so you can eat and watch TV. Strange.

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