Stamp Your Staycation Passport With Delco’s International Fare

Just because we can travel again doesn’t mean all of us are heading overseas just yet. There are lots of reasons for a staycation, not the least of which is the amazing variety of international cuisine options in Pennsylvania’s favorite county — Delco, hun!

Plan your time off, stock up from your (new?) favorite ethnic markets if you plan to wear your chef’s hat, or start booking reservations and takeout from any number of Delco’s internationally themed restaurants. Cheers to your staycation!

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Shop These Family Markets

We did a full rundown on ethnic specialty markets where you can score finds from Africa, Armenia, Asia, Europe, India, Italy and the Philippines. Since staycations aren’t just for summer, we’re suggesting the following must-try items to try at home at any time during the year:

Uncle Mussa’s Grocery: Try one of Africa’s most versatile staples, cassava, a starchy tuberous root, that adds depth and a wonderfully thick consistency to soups and stews.

804 Garrett Rd, Upper Darby, (610) 734-2327.

Photo: Uncle Mussa’s Grocery

Saffron Indian Market: This is the place for halal meats (goat, lamb, fresh chicken), fresh fish and seasonal veggies.

1102 Baltimore pike Suite 127, Glen Mills, (484) 905-3695 or (484) 800-4097.

Photo: Saffron Indian Market

Euro Market: Pop in here and try something you can normally only get in Europe from the snack category. Pro tip: Check out the sweet wafers!

30 S. Sproul Rd., Broomall, 610-359 9021.

Photo: Euro Market

Kababayan Fil-Am Store: Since we can’t get enough of sweets, choose the Filipino favorite: cold and creamy halo-halo in purple yam flavor. Trust us! (See featured photo above.)

1604 MacDade Blvd Folsom, (610)-532-3623. 

Pagano’s Italian Specialties: Go for an Italian feast by picking up cheese, oils, olives, pastas, sauce — the works!

1216 Township Line Rd., Drexel Hill, (610) 853-6410.

Take it Easy with Takeout or Reservations

You can’t hardly turn a corner in Delco without running into a restaurant serving up authentic ethnic cuisine. Not up for cooking? Want to be treated? We covered the county’s bounty in two melting pot blogs and even we were amazed by the variety: African, Asian, Central American (Honduran, Salvadoran), Greek, Irish, Italian, French, Jamaican, Japanese and Northern Chinese, Mexican, Middle Eastern, Shanghai, Thai and Vietnamese. There are only so many mealtimes during your staycation, so consider these not-your-ordinary finds.

Photo: El Cuscatleco Pupuseria Y Restaurante

El Cuscatleco Pupuseria Y Restaurante: Find Central American fare galore, but save room for Ecuadorian favorite seco de chivo, goat stew served with rice. Yes, goat!

9 Garrett Rd., Upper Darby, (484) 461-3156.

Hanrahan’s Irish Pub: There’s a nice mix of Irish and American eats to satisfy everyone. And while this doesn’t fit into the “not-your-ordinary finds” category, it is particularly delicious: Irish with bangers and mash, authentic Irish sausage paired with mashed potatoes, homemade gravy and sauteed onions.

690 Burmont Rd, Drexel Hill, (484) 462-3533.

Photo: Coconut Breeze Cuisine

Coconut Breeze Cuisine: Feed the whole family with a Jamaican family meal. Oxtails are cooked low-and-slow and come with three sides. We suggest steamed cabbage and carrots, fried plantain and cornbread.

708 Church Lane, Yeadon, (610) 622-1121.

Photo: Tom’s Dim Sum

Tom’s Dim Sum: Shanghai for the win! Dim sum are smaller snack-sized bites so you can fill your belly with dumplings, shumai and buns from the extensive vegetarian, beef, pork and fish offerings.

13 E. State St., Media, (610) 566-6688.

Viman Thai Cuisine: There isn’t only vegetarian food here, but if that’s your jam, or if you’d like to branch out, then indulge! Choose cashew nut, cashews, onions, scallions and bell peppers sauteed in a light brown sauce. 

500 MacDade Boulevard, Folsom, (484) 494-0525. 

What are you waiting for? “Book” your international staycation now, and start dining around Delco.

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Want to know more about everything Delco? We’re more than just your source for good eats — we’re your source for Delco From Home Experiences and where to get takeout and support local businesses in Delaware County, Pennsylvania. We’re Visit Delco, PA, and we’ve got you covered during the coronavirus crisis (and beyond). Contact us at (610) 565-3679, by email, or online.

Nina Malone

Featured photo courtesy of Kababayan Fil-Am Store