One restaurant that I've been recommended to try over and over again is So Kong Dong in Fort Lee, NJ. They specialize in Korean soft tofu stew (soondubu jigae) which is perfect for a cold winter day (or even on a hot summer day - I love it all year round!). I've recently been hit with a cold so nothing better than some hot soupy soondubu!
|Front of legendary tofu institution So Kong Dong
When you first pull in, its a small and unassuming restaurant. Although its commonly called So Kong Dong, the sign outside says Soft Tofu Restaurant so keep an eye out for that!
The simple menu only offers two things - tofu stew (which you can get in all different flavors and/or customize by combining flavors), and Kalbi BBQ short ribs.
|Simple menu offering only soondubu and kalbi
|Pickled side dishes!
|Rice served from dolsot bowl
|Tea poured into the dolsot bowl waiting for me to munch on after my meal!
Before I get through the side dishes, the stars of the show arrive! Still bubbling and hot, the tofu stew is screaming for me to crack a fresh egg in to cook. The broth is flavorful and filled with lots of ingredients. We ordered a beef soondubu and a mushroom soondubu. I really liked the beef soondubu, but the mushroom one was really wonderful! Not a typical flavor in K-Town, it was filled with all different types of mushrooms and the broth was delicious!
The kalbi came in strips of three ribs and served with scissors for you to cut into individual ribs. The flavor was slightly sweet and smokey - just the way I liked it! I've had tastied kalbi elsewhere, but it was a nice accompaniment to the meal. I can never turn down kalbi! Yum....
If you are a fan of soondubu and happen to be in the Fort Lee area, definitely give this institution a go! And its the perfect spot for a cold winter day!
Piggy says Yes!
Thanks for reading - Piggy KK