Han Ah Reum Shopping Center – Ridgefield, NJ – Part 1
Han Ah Reum, also known as H-Mart is a chain of Korean supermarket with locations throughout US and Canada mainly in regions with large Korean-American population. There are 4 locations each in New Jersey and New York. Today we pay a visit to the Ridgefield, NJ location at 321 Broad Avenue South, which is actually on US Route 1 & 9. The photo above is looking south bound.
The huge complex has one of the largest Korean supermarket in northeast. There are also bakeries, bookstore, gift shops, bank, liquor store, clothing store, beauty shop, and few others. I have been to their Englewood and Little Ferry locations however this is the largest and the cleanest location.
If you are squeamish about seeing lots of meat or a vegetarian, next few photos have pictures of naked meat but will be followed by a dazzling shot of jars and jars of kimchi!!!
This is what unfrozen ox tails look like. No part of the cow is wasted here. The tail part may be the best part?
Soyang beef tripe on the left @$2.69 a pound and LA kalbi beef sliced short rib on the right @$5.99 a pound.
So kko ri ox tails @$6.99 a pound. The popularity of the ox tails has driven the price up sky high.
Frozen bulgogi, thinly sliced beef at only @$2.69 a pound.
What a beautiful sight, display shelves teeming with all kinds of kimchi.
All Han Ah Reum’s kimchi are from TOBAGI brand. I can just make out the following dizzying array of kimchis:
* ghat kimchi – mustard green kimchi
* gul seok kimchi – chunk radish kimchi
* neng meun kimchi – sliced radish kimchi
* dong chim mie kimchi – radish kimchi with soup base
* mmat kimchi – sliced cabbage kimchi
* mujung kimchi – radish leaf kimchi
* paek poh gie kimchi – white cabbabe kimchi
* bu chu kimchi – chives kimchi
* yeul moo kimchi – baby radish kimchi
* yeul moo mul kimchi – baby radish kimchi with soup base
* oyie so bak yee kimchi – stuffed cucumber kimchi
* chong gak kimchi – young radish kimchi
* teuk sun gook kimchi – preserved cabbage kimchi with oyster
* teuk po gie kimchi – preserved white cabbage kimchi
* pah kimchi – green onion kimchi
* po gie kimchi – whole cabbage kimchi
* peut bae chu kimchi – young cabbage kimchi
Whew! I am sure I missed few more.
Few links showing photos of kimchi. Best of Korea – Kimchi and Korean Restaurant Guide.
The banchan appetizer corner.
A wall of dan mu jie yellow picked radish or dakuan (all the packages have them labelled as takuan) in Japanese. I shouldn’t say this but the Korean brands are cheaper but the Japanese brands are actually much better tasting.
Yang yeum dwae jie go gie seasoned pork @$3.99 a pound. Yang yeum shey go gie/bulgogi seasoned beef @$4.99 a pound. Yang yeum ddak go gie seasoned chicken @$2.99 a pound. Pyieuh Up Neun Kalbi boneless short rib @$7.99 a pound. Go gie can mean either meat or fish but to distinguish, seng sun is reserved for fish. I am very leery of this sort of out in the open presentation since you never know whether there is a base of ice on the bottom to keep these things cooled. With all the heavy traffic next to the trays… This day, there were no plastic wraps covering to prevent foreign stuff from getting in the mix.
321 Broad Ave. S
Ridgefield, NJ 07657
Tel : 201-943-9600
Store Hours : 8:00 AM ~ 11:00 PMCherry Hill
1720 Marlton Pike.
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003
Tel : 856-489-4611
Store Hours : 8:30 AM ~ 9:30 PM
25 Lafayette Ave.
Englewood, NJ 07631
Tel : 201-871-8822
Store Hours : 9:30 AM ~ 9:30 PM
260 Bergen Tpke.
Little Ferry, NJ 07643
Tel : 201-814-0400
Store Hours : 9:00 AM ~ 10:00 PM
518-14 Old Post Rd.
Edison, NJ 08817
Tel : 732-248-8586
Store Hours : 9:00 AM ~ 9:00 PM
141-40 Northern Blvd.
Flushing, NY 11354
Tel : 718-358-0700
Store Hours : 24 Hours Open
156-40 Northern Blvd.
Flushing, NY 11354
Tel : 718-888-0005
Store Hours : 8:00 AM ~ 11:00 PM
29-02 Union St.
Flushing, NY 11354
Tel : 718-445-5656
Store Hours : 8:00 AM ~ 12:00 AM (Midnight)
400 Hillside Ave.
Williston Park, NY 11596
Tel : 516-699-0270
Store Hours : 8:30 AM ~ 10:00 PM
59-18 Woodside Ave.
Woodside, NY 11377
Tel : 718-446-0759
Store Hours :
Mon-Sat : 8:00 AM ~ 10:00 PM
Sun : 9:00 AM ~ 9:00 PM
How did this once sleepy southern Bergen County town become the bastion of Korean restaurants in New Jersey? Yours truly being a resident of this quaint town will help you navigate. Although I have only been living in this town for just 2 years, I have frequented these establishments over the past 15-20 years. I can truly say I have eaten at least once at these restaurants, save for a handful.
According to the 2000 census, 36.38% of Palisades Park residents identified as being of Korean heritage. And all this happened around early 80’s. It is no wonder that this town has more concentration of Korean restaurants in one mile radius than anywhere in the states.
On this inaugural posting, the emphasis is on Broad Avenue, although there are few others on Grand Avenue (I can only think of one – Wol Mi Do, a sushi/sashimi), and another one near the railroad tracks by Shop Rite. There are also several places on Bergen Boulevard such as Shabrang and seemingly newly opened Mandoo Bar. I will get to those in future postings along with coverage of Fort Lee, Leonia, Ridgefield, and Cliffside Park. A visit to northern Bergen Country towns Tenafly and Closter may be possible. Hey, have I left out your town?
I have been meaning to do a foodie blog for quite sometime but what really prompted was a posting on Off the Broiler. So this site is a direct response to the calling.
I don’t have any food porn, so bear with me. Hopefully future postings will have them along with separate review for each establishments. I can’t take photos and enjoy the food at the same time. I am always in a rush to eat the food first and by then, it is too late for decent shots! Nobody wants to see naked photos of half-eaten dishes!
I don’t claim to know anything about food let alone Korean cuisine. By birth doesn’t necessary give me the power to make any judgment. I only know what I like and I don’t. Your mileage may vary, so please try out these places on your own and then make your own conclusions.
Our starting point is at the corner of Edsall Boulevard and Broad Avenue and travel south all the way down to Columbia Avenue, where US 1&9 meets Route 46. It is interesting to note that there is also Edsall Avenue which is just two blocks north of Columbia Avenue. Just so that you boys and girls don’t get lost, the street numbers decrease going south on Broad Avenue and even numbered addresses are to the east side of Broad. This is usually the same pattern for most streets. Did you know that?
Sushi To Go
456 Broad Avenue
Tel: (201) 242-1000
Hours: Monday – Saturday 10AM-10PM, Sunday 11AM-9PM
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Myung Dong Noodle Restaurant (Myung Dong Kal Guk Soo)
452 Broad Avenue
Tel: (201) 947-1199
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448 Broad Avenue
Tel: (201) 407-6001
Hours: Monday – Saturday 4:30PM-2AM
This Hof – Shortened from German word Hofbrau was mentioned in one of foodie blog regarding latest Korean fried chicken fad. The sign underneath the green awning says “whole chicken, to-go welcome!”
Nak Ji Dae Hak, Dduk Bok I Gwa
442 Broad Avenue
Tel: (201) 592-1011
Hours: Monday – Saturday 11AM-10:30PM, Closed Sundays
An amusing name for a restaurant serving baby octopus. The sign says “The school bell is ringing… Baby Octopus College, Majoring in Spicy Rice Cake”.
Oh Oh Wha Restaurant (Tto Tto Wha Boon Shik)
421 Broad Avenue
Tel: (201) 592-7020
The Korean name of this establishment is Tto Tto Wha with Boon Shik meaning snack. Tto Tto Wah literally means come, come again. Don’t ask me why they call it Oh Oh Wha. They probably figured it would be easier for non-Korean speaking customers. Their pork donkatsu is humongous and literally as big as the plate it comes in. Most of the dishes are under $10. Jjah Jang Meun, noodle with black bean sauce Korean style, is pretty decent along with Jham Phong, spicy noodle soup. Indeed it is posted as being their specialties. Jeh Yuk Bbok Geum, sizzling hot and spicy pork slices are good too but a bit greasy. After the meal for desert unlike other places where you get fruits, you get a cup of strawberry ice cream in a small styrofoam cup.
Han’s Food Takeout
413 Broad Avenue
Tel: (201) 944-4828
The awning in Korean says New Jersery Food Department Store above Han’s Food Takeout. A not too modest name for a catering place? Does not seem to draw that many customers as compared to other 2-3 other banchan and catering places in Pal Park.
408 Broad Avenue
Tel: (201) 592-0404
Ah. Paris Baguette is ubiquitous in Korea with practically stores in all neighborhoods especially in Seoul. This place opened less than a year ago and it is doing a booming business. They do serve crusty baguette, but make sure if you are picky like me, that the crust is hard to touch and not soft. I have gotten few “duds” that felt and tasted as like Italian bread.
Ja Yu In Bar * Restaurant
330 Broad Avenue
Tel: (201) 461-0166
Ja Yu In means “independent person”. The place seems a bit seedy. Perhaps best to stay away from these sort of establishments?
337 Broad Avenue
Tel: (201) 592-0870
A little cultural lesson is necessary here. That little oblong sign underneath “Woori House” says pojang macha, literally “covered horse carriage”. Pojang Machas are all over Korea. They are usually street vendor establishments covered with tarp selling anything edible. The Honolulu Advertiser has an article on it. Unfortunately the literal translation there is incorrect and please don’t snicker at that guy in the photo. There are several definitions of pojang and unless you know the Chinese characters for it, it is easy to mix-up and say it is “wrapped”. But the correct word is for “covered”. According to my dictionary, one is for “a linen awning [screen]; a curtain” and it has Ma Cha in further elaboration “[place selling liquor] a covered cart bar; a small wheeled snack bar with a tent”. The other definition is “pack/wrap”. Wait. These are actually better links. They have photos to boot! Seoul Style and Life In Korea.
So when you say to the waiter/waitress you want your food or left-over to take home (aka, a doggie bag) you would say pojang haejuseyo, please wrap this up. This is where the second definition comes into play. Isn’t cultural/language lesson wonderful?
Oh if you are inclined to visit this place, do while it is still light outside. Do look up and note that this place was built in 1916. It also has 3 theatrical figureheads doubling as rain water spouts! And those Corinthian columns. Damn I still remember them from high school – Doric, iconic, and Corinthian columns. Never thought I would get to use those words but finally! Also look down by the curb. On Sunday mornings, you are guaranteed to see at least 100 cigarette butts strewn about the parking spot right outside the establishment. Yes I did noticed that and have photos to prove it, but no sense ruining your appetite here.
Arirang/Wang Mandu (Arirang Catering & Wang Dumpling House)
318 Broad Avenue
Tel: (201) 585-1944/1945
I have to admit I like Arirang/Wang Mandu. This is my favorite go-to place. Packed roll of kimbap for $3.50. A huge dumpling (thus the moniker wang, king in Korean). You can see the large pots they have for steaming them on next photo. They supply some dishes to Poongnyun Korea, which is 2-3 stores down past the newly opened shoe stores.
329 Broad Avenue
Tel: (201) 943-8030
There are 2 Shilla Bakery on Broad Avenue. According to the awning, this is the 1st branch.
327 Broad Avenue
Tel: (201) 944-9111
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Palisade Park Bakery
325 Broad Avenue
Tel: (201) 944-3192
Hours: Monday – Friday 6:30AM-7PM, Saturday – Sunday 6AM-7PM
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306 Broad Avenue
Tel: (201) 944-8915/8916
Poong Yun means harvest. Usually you will find this place to be packed during evening commute. The bus stop is right outside and most folks who don’t want to be bothered with tonight’s cooking will make a stop here and pick up few items. They have a wide variety of Korean foods to take home. A much better selection than JinGoGae.
Sok Cho Duri Pohjang Macha
280 Broad Avenue
Tel: (201) 947-7540
There is that pojang macha again… I have yet to see anyone go in or come out of this place. Perhaps they catered to late night crowds?
Sok Cho Restaurant
280 Broad Avenue
Tel: (201) 947-7540
Sushi & Sashimi. It is located in a building once occupied by a bank and hence you will see high ceiling. The service isn’t that great. I was not moved by this place.
Dae Myung Kwan
270 Broad Avenue
Tel: (201) 947-4775/4785
One of the joong wha yoh rie, Chinese cuisine prepared Korean style places in Palisades Park. Refer to discussions on Mandarin. Not as good as Mandarin nor Son Ja Jang.
Pal Gak Jung (formerly known as Du Bu Rang)
268 Broad Avenue
Tel: (201) 592-6400
Hours: Monday – Saturday 10AM – 12AM, Sunday 10AM-11PM
This is a damned good du bu (tofu) soup place. The place has been renamed as Pal Gak Jung, Octagonal Pavilion. The owner has added sam geh tang, chicken stewed with sweet rice, ginger and other Chinese herbal ingredients. Also neng meun, cold vermicelli noodle, one of my favorite Korean dish.
The place is very clean. Do try LA style kalbi, short rib. I was surprised how good it was.
Woo Jung Restaurant
254 Broad Avenue
Tel: (201) 592-7006
Woo Jung means friendship. Only been here once not by choice, but because we were tired of other places and hugry and this was the closest place! Don’t to as good a business as So Mun Nan Jip.
252 Broad Avenue
Tel: (201) 242-4255
Gateaux is French for cake, so this place must mean “Cake Bakery”? If you look at it that way, the name of the place sort of becomes nonsensical and/or not too creative. The poster by the entrance is ad for Bing Su literally cold water, but is more descriptive of shaved/shave ice. The standard toppings are sweetened red bean (dan phat in Korean, azuki in Japanese) with strawberry syrup. In Korea it is not unusual to have it with powered brown rice cake and small pieces of sweet rice cake. This one seems to have a cherry on top with sliced bananas adorning the sides. No wonder they charge around $7 for this damned thing. Can you say over-priced, my friends? It’s just ice cubes folks.
248 Broad Avenue
Tel: (201) 944-8445
THE catering place in Palisades Park. Ask any Korean where they order foods for special occasions, and this is the place. Unfortunately the stuff they have for sale are not that exciting. I found them selling bastardized version of Vietnamese summer roll. When my relatives have big events and dread cooking for dozen plus folks, we just order from here.
245 Broad Avenue
Tel: (201) 585-0228
This place is actually on Brinkerhoff Avenue directly across from entrance to Eagle Diner parking lot.
So Mun Nan Jip Korean B.B.Q. Restaurant
238 Broad Avenue
Tel: (201) 944-3998
So Mun Nan Jip means a well-known place and indeed it is. Rumor has it if you ask a Korean-Amercian limo driver in Bergen County where the best Korean restaurant is, most likely he will take you to here. They use real wood briquette charcoal and not gas like other places. This seems to enhance the flavor of any cooked meat.
If you go there on a weekend evening, you should either make reservations way in advance or arrive early. Oh, also one more thing. Don’t wear your best clothes. When you are done with dinner and come out, yours wardrobe will smell like you’ve been flipping burgers all day long. Great banchan, appetizer selection. Don’t be shy folks. You can fill up your stomach with just a bowl of two of rice and the unlimited supply of banchan.
236 Broad Avenue
Tel: (201) 302-9651
Store number 2 in Palisades Park.
Son Ja Jang
234 Broad Avenue
Tel: (201) 944-7777
This is the store #2. The original one is in Closter. And yes I have been to that place too, a couple of times when I lived in Tenafly. Go through the glass door past the mailboxes and turn left down a long corridor. They make noodles by hand. Decent jja jang meun, noodles with black bean sauce. Being on ground level and somewhat windowless, the ambiance is just not there when you have to sit and wait patiently for your food to arrive.
Good Morning (Jo Eun Ah Chim)
232 Broad Avenue
Tel: (201) 947-7007
All sorts of juk, rice porridge. They come in different sizes. The last time I ordered one of the quart sized jhunbok juk, abalone it cost around $10. Not cheap but abalone is what makes it expensive. The photo on the bottom is of the refrigerator magnet listing their juk selection. There is teuk jhunbok juk special abalone, jhunbok juk regular abalone, hehmul juk seafood, gul buhsut juk oyster mushroom, sehwoo juk shrimp, bahjirak meyeuk juk short necked clam and seaweed, chamchee yachae juk tuna and vegetable, yachae juk vegetable, sogoghee yachae juk beef and vegetable, samgeh juk ginseng chicken, heuk yimja juk black sesame, jaht juk pine nut, pignoli to you gourmets, hobahk juk pumpkin, and last but not least, phat juk red bean. The last 4 are all vegetarian and probably bit sweeter than the other ones. A person who is very plain looking is called hobahk in Korean.
225 Broad Avenue
This 2 story complex with underground garage houses duPan Bakery, Pho32, Nam San, Nam San Yup Whal A Jip. There is also a branch of Woori Bank, a beauty shop, cell phone vendor, florist, sauna, traditional Korean dresses, kids wear, pharmacy, and optician. Geez, I am sure I left our something? Yes a doctor’s office! But we are not concerned about our health at the moment, but in pursuit of filling our bellies!
Nam San Yup Whal A Jip
225 Broad Avenue – 1st fl.
Tel: (201) 585-0202
Basically a restaurant specializing in raw seafood. Not sushi/sashimi mind you. You get that at Nam San which is on the left. They serve freshly flown in Korean seafood delicacies such as sea squirt (meung gae), baby octopus (san nakji), and of course my favorite, sea cucumber (hae sam). Unfortunately I avoided this place for some time because a lot of patrons were doing heavy smoking but now there is a total smoking ban the state of NJ, I may give it a try. Forewarned, you need to have a thick wallet. These seafood platters are not cheap!
Nam San Restaurant is to the left. It is a pretty spacious establishment specializing in Korean BBQ but they use gas grill. Like many places, they also do decent job on sushi/sashimi. It should, right? Where do you think all that sea food for Nam San Yup comes from?
Pho32 Shabu Shabu
225 Broad Avenue – 2nd fl.
Tel: (201) 585-0045
This is the northern NJ location. Apparently there have several restaurants in Tri-State area.
duPan Bakery & Cafe
225 Broad Avenue – street level
Tel: (201) 585-0212
The Japanese borrowed the Portuguese word for bread pão, pronounced pan. And this word filtered into Korean vocabulary as Ppang with heavy emphasis on the first syllable.
Arirang Rice Cake
212 Broad Avenue
Tel: (201) 461-8882
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198 Broad Avenue
Tel: (201) 461-9977
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You Chun Chil Neng Meun
135 Broad Avenue
Tel: (201) 363-1950
Their specialty is chil neng meun, made with arrowroot. I like it a lot. It gives intense flavor. Their neng meun comes in beef stock with a couple of spoonful of red bean paste on top. With your regular neng meun, you would add vinegar and mustard (shik cho and gye ja), but they recommend you do not use vinegar but mustard is acceptable. Hey look around and you will see little signs showing what is acceptable on their dish. They also have hei jang gook, a hearty and spice stew made with various vegetables and meat. Supposedly a cure for hangovers! When you sit down, they give you a carafe not containing hot tea but the soup stock that neng menu comes with. Also look around the walls and you will see that their restaurant in Korea has had extensive coverage by Korean TV. This is one of the trademarks or rather badge of honor for a restaurant.
133 Broad Avenue
Tel: (201) 346-0700
Their TV commercial says call ahead and it will be “ready in 29 minutes”. That’s a guy on the right. One of the very few Korean establishments that escaped the dual language sign ordinance. Kyedong Chicken on the right and New York Meat Market on right. Do we still have butcher shops?
So Gong Dong
118 Broad Avenue – 2nd fl.
Tel: (201) 313-5550
This is the Palisades Park location. There is another So Gong Dong in Fort Lee near the GW Bridge. A very popular restaurant. Soft tofu comes in various degree of spiciness. I dare you to try the spiciest one! They also have galbi, short rib for $10.95. Not too bad, but a bit greasy. I once made mistake of ordering ojinguh, grilled squid. Bad choice. It was very dry and took 30 minutes by which time I was half done with my tofu soup. Oh before I forget. If you order tofu soup, they will give you a raw egg. You have the option of putting it in the soup, minus the shell of course! It enhances the soup.
X-Mas in June
118-126 Broad Avenue
A view of the Twin Building. North is on the left with Gobawoo and Soon Du Bu located on 2nd floor. South is on the right with Mandarin and Tuh Jut Gol on 2nd floor. There is free parking for patrons behind the building but the lot is always full and the street is very narrow. I prefer to park on the metered space. Remember you must feed the meters Monday through Saturday 9AM to 8:30PM. I know because I got a ticket once for showing up just 10 minutes after the meter ran out. The parking meter enforcement force in Palisades Park give no slack. These white 2 door subcompacts cruise the town always looking for expired meters and they are happy to give you a ticket.
118 Broad Avenue – 2nd fl.
Tel: (201) 313-8900
Gobawoo is a newspaper comic character. He is the one in yellow circle background. He has a single strand of hair that sort of reminds me of a coat hanger or Homer Simpson if you prefer. I must admit I have yet to check out this place. Their specialty according to the sign is kalbi. Most likely done with gas grill.
110 Broad Avenue – 2nd fl.
Tel: (201) 313-0121
They make their own noodles by hand here. In fact, they show it on their CCTV inside the restaurant. Every few seconds you will hear this twap sound emanating from the kitchen. Don’t be alarmed. It is just the noodle man making and stretching out the noodle. This is why their noodle dishes taste way way better than any other. So their noodles are flat. If you get a round noodle then you know for sure the place does not make it’s own noodle or they are machine made.
Oh I can sense another cultural lesson coming here… You will note that the sign says “Chinese Restaurant”. Actually that is sort of misleading. It is actually Chinese dishes done with Korean tastes in mind. More like Koreanized version of Mandarin cuisine. Korea has a lot of Chinese of Korean descent from northern China. This sort of cuisine is actually spelt out on the sign above. The lower bottom says soon hanguk shik joong wha yeoh rie, Pure/Authentic Korean Style Chinese Cuisine. And the giant red characters spell Mandarin in Korean and underneath in smaller characters it says su ta gook su, hand made noodles.
If you are a first timer, you need to try jja jang meun. The Korean version of “Black Bean Noodle”. A base of fermented black bean paste with chopped potato and onion on top of noodle. Or gan jja jang, black bean paste that has been fried and has much denser texture. If you feel adventurous, move on to sam seun jjam ppong a spicy soup noodle which is made from base of kimchi and hot pepper that often include shrimp, sea cucumber, bamboo shoots, carrots, onions, and sometimes mussel or small clam.
Tuh Jut Gol
110 Broad Avenue – 2nd fl.
Tel: (201) 313-3737
According to the sign, their specialty is buk uh gook, dried pollack soup and buk uh gui, grilled dried pollack. They’ve been at this locale for few months, but the grand opening sign is still there. Usually not too packed with customers.
108 Broad Avenue
Tel: (201) 945-9114
I forget what this place used to be called. They went through a major renovation for much of 2005 and reopened with emphasis on gam ja tang, potato stew with pork meat, among others. They are open early and close early, or they could be open 24-hours. Need to check on this next time. They have soon dae gook, Korean sausage soup, similar to haggis, not that I know anything about what haggis tastes like. With summer here, they have added neng meun. They do decent version of Viet name pho, rice noodle soup. Oh one more thing. They got on the chil neng meun bandwagon.
Myung Wha Dang
119 Broad Avenue
Tel: (201) 947-4775/4785
Hours: Monday – Sunday 11AM-10:30PM (Closed 1st, 3rd & 5th Tuesdays)
The photo on the bottom is from Myung Wha Dang in Myong Dong, a trendy neighborhood in downtown Seoul, Korea. It is always jam packed with people especially at night and weekends. So this Palisades Park establishment must be an overseas branch? Their signages are same. Obviously the prices in US is a lot higher, especially donkatsu which runs around $10. The sign from Seoul lists it as being 4,000 won, about $4.50. It is the second menu 4,000 won item listed below.
The service is attentive and some of the combination dishes are decent bargain. Do try donkatsu, fried pork cutlet combo. It comes with small bowl of udon and kimbap.
Theoretically our journey to fill our bellies should end here. But there are few more places just two blocks down from corner of Edsall Avenue (remember what I said about Palisades Park having two thoroughfares named Edsall at the start of our journey?) and Broad Avenue.
A few more off the beaten track. They are either located on Columbia Avenue, Grand Avenue, or worse yet on Commercial Avenue. If these establishments were located on Broad Avenue, I think their business would improve tenfold. Unfortunately they are located away from the main street and do suffer some stigma. The neighborhood surrounding are not too inviting. I could be wrong! But even my family object to setting foot in these places.The corner of Broad and Columbia is frequented by daywork laborers. Thus they do gather in front of buildings looking for work throughout the day.
Hong Ga Meun Ok
4 E Columbia Avenue
Tel: (201) 313-0025
Hamheung neng meun. Hangheung is a province in northeastern part of North Korea. The cold noodle from that region are mainly made with sweet potato as versus Pyongyang neng meun which is made with buckwheat. Pyongyang is capital of North Korea. It is interesting that my mother is from Hamheung and my father is from Pyongyang!
There are variations in neng meun. Mool neng meun is with clear and beef stock. Whe Neng Meun is dry with hot chili pepper paste (kko chu jang) topped with a piece of raw fish usually a skate. Bibim Neng Meun is same as previous except no raw fish. Chil neng meun (as we saw in You Chun Restaurant – 135 Broad Avenue) is made with arrowroot and the color of the noodle is intensely dark and deep purplish. OK. This site has done much better description and complete (with photos) then I can blabber about different types of neung meun. Life In Korea.
I was drawn to this place because of the sign for neng meun, but tell you the truth, I was disappointed. I think I know a good neng meun. The soup should be cold and when first slurped without anything being added (like vinegar and/or mustard) should have somewhat sweet aftertaste. The noodle must be al dente. I have been to too many places where the soup tasted like it came out of store bought package and the noodle too mushy. Yecch!
So Muh Rie Gook Bop
6 E Columbia Avenue
So Muh Rie, literally cow head. They don’t even have signs in English. The name of the restaurant is written in white characters. Also, the picture by the window, the large middle one is the so muh rie gook bop.
Deh Gee Koom (Pig Dream)
14 E Columbia Avenue
Tel: (201) 943-6080
What a great name for a restaurant!
Pho Hana Restaurant
18-2o E Columbia Avenue
Tel: (201) 313-9040
Hours: Monday – Saturday 11:30AM-10:30PM, Sunday 12:00PM-10:30PM
The awning says “Pho – Vietnamese Rice Noodle” and also on the lower left hand side says “8th branch”. A quick Google search reveals there are others in California and perhaps this is one of their Tri-State region establishment?
Joong Wha Won
18 Broad Avenue
Tel: (201) 943-8030
This used to be fried chicken, burger joint but now switched over to joong what yorie, Chinese cuisine Korean style. It suffers the stigma of being located south of Columbia and Broad Avenue.
Shin Sun Seul Lung Tang
314 Commercial Avenue
Tel: (201) 461-5042
Yup, the address says it all. Located in a commercial/industrial zone near railroad tracks. The location is really terrible. There food may be great but you can hardly find any parking here. I love these displays but give me a break. It looks so tacky sitting outside on top of bed of chipped marble supported by 4 bricks. Seul Lung Tang is made from beef bones that have been simmered in water for long time and hence the soup is milky white. It also contains few thin slices of beef and rice noodle. The soup is pretty bland so you have to add sea salt and scallion which are on the table. I normally throw in several heaping spoonful of chopped scallion. I also throw in few kimchi, usually fermented bokchoy or ggakdugie, radish to add a bit of color and spice.
Koreans are serious about kimchi. It is the absolute essential ingredient in everyday Korea. In fact there even is a kimchi museum in Seoul. It is said that every housewife in Korea has her own version of kimchi, however, the new generation does not have time to make them by hand. And why not? They are available in supermarkets. People are so serious that there are even refrigerators just for keeping kimchi fresh which can run thousands of dollars or won, Korean currency (latest exchange rate of approximately 930 won to 1 US Dollar as of this writing). Unless you have an army to feed or have a restaurant why would you need to have one of these things? Enough head scratching here…
Gom tang soup is made with ox tails and usually called kkori gom tang. Guess what “tails” in Korean is… I went to here with my family but upon seeing the place did not want to go in. I have to venture there myself soon and check it out.
It is hard to make out but the plastic display case features kkori gom tang on the bottom row, first on the left but no display of seul lung tang. And if you are very observant, you can make out reflections of a car and someone taking a photo….
Wol Mi Do Sushi & Sashimi
445 Grand Avenue
Tel: (201) 947-5004
Wolmido is named after an island off of Incheon, a major seaport on west of Korea near Seoul.
OK. Now this section covers a couple of other restaurants that are non-Korean.
446 Broad Avenue
Tel: (201) 947-7447
A rare sight in Palisades Park amongst the Korean establishments. A Guatemalan restaurant. I need to check out this place! I think there is another Central American place on Palisades Park – an Ecudorian Bakery on East Colombia Avenue.
239 Broad Avenue
Tel: (201) 947-3705
Why eat here when you can eat at one of many late opened Korean restaurants in town unless you want burger or pancakes at 3 in the morning. Oh they have them in Korean restaurants – they are called Bulgogi and Pa Jun!
404 Broad Avenue
Tel: (201) 944-2158
Hours: Monday – Thursday 11AM-11PM, Friday – Saturday 11AM-12AM, Sunday 11AM-11PM
I don’t care what others say. This place is over-rated and over-priced.
The Brick Oven Pizza & Restaurant
425 Grand Avenue
Tel: (201) 461-6100
The thin crust slice that I ate here one time was not too crispy. I never went back to this place.
Bartolomeo Italian Delicatessen
425 Grand Avenue
Tel: (201) 346-0008
One day, one day my empty belly will beckon me into this place. Gotta be one of the last remaining Italian establishments in Palisades Park. This town was once heavily Italian and German but you wouldn’t know it by looking around now.
A sewer cover seen on 3rd Street. Palisades Park was founded in 1899. The Palisades Amusement Park was never located in Palisades Park. It straddled two towns – Fort Lee and Clifside Park atop the New Jersey Palisades hence the moniker. There now stands a luxury condominium called Winston Towers.
A surprise feature below. Someone requested that it would be nice to have a map with dots pinpointing location of each restaurant along Broad Avenue. Click on the image which will take you to flickr and then move your mouse pointer.