Korean fried chicken in the burbs

Fried chicken hot to go at Cafe Soho 2. (MICHAEL KLEIN / Philly.com)

The food-forward among us enjoy discovering out-of-the-way spots, which invariably become overrun after word gets out and subsequently lose their cool.

Cafe Soho at Fifth and Cheltenham in East Oak Lane - which got a big hit in Food + Wine last year when Zahav/Percy Street/Federal Donuts chef/owner Michael Solomonov touted its Korean fried chicken - decided to meet the flocks of curiosity-seekers on their home turf.

Korean fried chicken has come to the burbs.

Cafe Soho 2, which maintains East Oak Lane's red-and-black color scheme, opened earlier this month in the converted house at Routes 202 and 73 in Blue Bell that housed a series of Japanese restaurants including Sushikazu and Yama. (It's next to a Rita's water ice and Suzy-Jo Donuts to complete your carbo-load.)

The new location has a full sushi bar and a Korean/Japanese menu, and it's BYOB. The chicken wings - sold in orders of 20 for $20 - are available for eat-in and takeout. Get the soy.

It will take at least 25 minutes, as the chicken is deep-fried in low temperatures not once but twice.

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