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HMart-69th St and Alternatives - Long but worth reading

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HMart-69th St and Alternatives - Long but worth reading

Ed | Mar 26, 2006 11:06 PM

Hi All - Had to go to Newtown Square today and took the opportunity to go out of my way on the way home and visit the new HMart in 69th St area that has been posted about. HMart is the new branding of "Han Ah Rheum", a chain of good Korean supermarkets that has been in the Philly area (and elsewhere) for a number of years.

It's a vast improvement over the previous Korean groceries in that area. It has a lot of stuff that has been lacking west of Phila. However, it is really small compared to their other stores - Han Ah Rheum on Old York Road and Cheltenham Ave in Melrose Park and the location on Rt 70 in Cherry Hill. (I've been shopping at Han Ah Rheum for years now).

If you're coming from Center City, it's about the same amount of time to get to Cherry Hill and only 5 min longer to go the Melrose Park store.

If you're coming from the Main Line and are willing to cross the Schulykill River, it's not so bad as you could easily get to their Melrose Park location and then hit HK Supermarket (Chinese/SE Asian) on the same trip.

So much for geography..... onto the food: They had samples of various fish and vegetable products and cooked marinated beef which is sold raw. This happens on weekends. Their prices (and quality)are really good on things like boneless chicken thighs and sliced beef for bulgogi. I bought sushi grade salmon which we ate as sashimi for dinner - delicious. Got enoki mushrooms on sale (2 packs for $1)and some other mushrooms with giant stems which I have seen in Japan and China - they'll go into a soup soon.

Upstairs is a food court. There's a Korean version of a Chinese restaurant (my wife got a great seafood noodle soup), a "fried chicken place" (not your father's KFC) with fried chicken and pork cutlets like Ton-Katsu (sp?), a good sushi joint (we got a selection) that is running a grand opening sale at $1 per piece, and Yum-Yum, a bakery.

Parking is a PITA, but if you can get there, go and enjoy.

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