Monday, January 30, 2012

ToreOre Fried Chicken At H Mart

Fried chicken from ToreOre 
While we're waiting for Bon Chon to open, it's time to check out the other Korean fried chicken options nearby.

H Mart has a stand in the back corner where they sell ToreOre chicken -- a variation on the Korean friend chicken of made-to-order, double-fried birds with spicy, sweet sauces.  We split a medium box on out way back from the greatest furniture store ever in Catonsville.

The box comes with a red ribbon.  Seriously.  It's the coolest fast food box that we have ever seen.

The box pops open to reveal fried chicken coated in ToreOre's sauce.  We went sweet and spicy (#2), and there was spice there.  Enough that I appreciated that the ToreOre woman shook us away from the really spicy sauce.  They're frying it special, so it takes 20 minutes to cook.
Hot fried chicken is delicious.  We tore through the entire package.  It's moist meat with a crunchy coating.  They pour on a bunch of sauce, so get a pile of napkins.  The bird is chopped into more pieces than just "leg, wing and breast," so you'll get a mix of white and dark.  It's piping hot, and we pulled meat off the bone, laughing and talking about what food we were going to buy.

Honestly, the chicken at Tian Chinese Cuisine still rates best.  The coating there is super thin and crispy, and the sauce has a fresher, less-sugary flavor that makes the unique Korean fried chicken experience.  ToreOre is more like a good casual lunch.  This is thick crust, not the brittle edge at Tian.  That makes this more like Harvest Fried Chicken in Woodbine -- with, of course, the sauce on top.

My suggestion is that you split some chicken and then shop at H Mart.  To order, you go to the ToreOre counter in the back right corner.  Ask there for someone to take your order.  You pay at the main register, pick up at the counter, then eat at the little restaurant next to the produce section.  (To wash the sauce off your hands, go to the bathrooms next to the produce section.)

ToreOre Chicken & Joy
inside H Mart
800 N. Rolling Road
Catonsville, MD 21228

NEAR:  The H Mart is on Rte 40 at Rolling Road in Catonsville.  It's easy to reach from Ellicott City -- just head east on Rte 40.  You turn right into the H Mart shopping center.  There is a Starbucks on the end.  The ToreOre counter is in the back right corner.

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Dianne said...

I must have this!

Anonymous said...

Where is this place? I looked all over H-Mart and couldn't find it.

HowChow said...

@Anon -- The signs are the back right corner. There is a refrigerated case on the back wall full of kimchi. The sign for the fried chicken is to the right. There isn't chicken sitting out. They fry after you order. I just asked a woman who was working in the area next to the chicken sign. If I didn't see someone there, then I'd just ask one the managers or cashiers up front. I had to pay up there anyway. So they could connect me to the right people. I'm so sorry that I wasn't clear enough to hook you up!

Marco Kathuria said...

Today was my second attempt to get some of their chicken. Sadly, the same refrain, "We're closed. Come back tomorrow."

I got there around 2PM so one wonders if the owner only cooks in the morning.

Anonymous said...

ToreOre wasn't very good, in my opinion. I haven't tried Bon Chon in Ellicott City, but from what I tried in the northern VA area, their stuff is waaaaay superior.

I got the sweet and spicy one too, and it wasn't very spicy and the sauce was just too sweet. Like they put in too much honey or sugar (from what I could taste). And the coating wasn't as crunchy as I was expecting. I'd stick to Bon Chon, Tian's Mad for Chicken, or Tian's own fried chicken.