Remember last summer when numerous roll ice cream shops opened at the same time around Philly? And rumor had it that social media popular I-CE NY all the way from NYC would be joining too? Well, they are finally opened, more than half a year later. But better late than never right? Still, we’re happy that you’re here buddy!
Located in the heart of Chinatown (obviously...), Chinatown Square has been having their soft opening for weeks now. And in anticipation of their grand opening this upcoming Saturday, February 16, we visited and tried pretty much every restaurant inside the food hall. From the infamous The Halal Guys to Kurry Korner to Khmer Grill, Chinatown Square offers a wide range of food selection. While the quality exceeds other nearby food courts, Chinatown Square, after all, is still a food hall where quantity goes before quality. I’m sure there are other better places for curry or tacos or buns. However, how easy can one find all at once?
We missed out on I-CE NY because we were there super early and the shop wasn't opened yet. Other places we did not try were Philly Poke and Coreanos (too full to handle that was why). But Philly Poke serves poke and sushi rolls while Coreanos is a Mexican-Korean food hub.
Come check the beautifully renovated building this weekend if you have some free time not busy being a homebody... Just kidding, but if you ARE, then guess what, Halal Guys offers delivery too. Now that's a no excuse.
Bo luc lac bun (Vietnamese stir-fried (though some often say "shaken" because luc lac literally means "to shake" in Vietnamese) beef) bun at The Bao Bar
The combo platter from The Halal Guys includes chicken and beef and gyro. Their spicy sauce, if you haven't been aware already, is pretty hot. So do just one line. I was so confused when they asked how many lines did I want (line? what line? huh?...)
Curry fish balls and Japanese curry with shrimp tempura from Kurry Korner.
My most favorite one was the rice platter from Khmer Grill. You get to choose three meats of your choice. It then comes with white rice and Cambodian coleslaw. We had beef, sausage, and chicken hearts. The flavoring was on point! And the price was as competitive as anywhere else. During the summer a lot of Cambodian households do barbecue pop-up restaurants right in their backyard that sell $1 beef or chicken wings skewers. Khmer Grill's price is pretty much $3 for 2 skewers. And you can have it all year round.