Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Vegan kimchi, breakfast fish, beef update

Gimchi, a very common side dish in Korea
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Vegan Kimchi is now available in Englewood.

With its heavy reliance on beef, you wouldn't think Korean cuisine attracts any vegans, though vegetarians who eat fish and eggs can find plenty to eat.

Now, an Englewood-based company has introduced a vegan cabbage kimchi that is made without the usual salted shrimp and anchovy sauce.

The ingredient list for Arirang-brand Vegan Kimchi is short: Napa cabbage, daikon redish, salt, red pepper, garlic, ginger, water, sugar and scallion. No additives or preservatives are used.

The nutritional label on Arirang's standard cabbage kimchi, called mahk kimchi, says there are 160 milligrams of sodium in 1 ounce of the traditional, fermented product or about 7% of the daily recommended amount.

Without salted shrimp and anchovy sauce, the peppery Vegan Kimchi probably has even less sodium. It is available in 19-ounce jars where it is made:

Gaboh Inc., 191 W. Englewood Ave., Englewood; 201-503-1314.

Fish for breakfast, dinner

I had another terrific egg-and-fish breakfast at The Golden Grill in Teaneck.

Last time, I ordered the restaurant's fish cakes with my eggs, but this time, I asked for whiting, two eggs over easy and hash browns, but no toast. 

There were two hot, crispy fillets of fried whiting on top of my potatoes, and I could break off pieces and soak them in the wonderful yolks. Everything was even better with a liberal amount of Cholula Mexican hot sauce from a bottle on the table.

The breakfast special is $6.95, and tea was an extra $1.25. A great, meatless breakfast.

Last night, I had one of the great, meatless Meals To Go from Jerry's Gourmet in Englewood -- a multi-course, restaurant-quality dinner for sensible appetites.

The centerpiece was a small, wild-caught grouper fillet in roasted-pepper sauce, served with a thick artichoke frittata, five or six shrimp, roasted potatoes and a big, stuffed mushroom -- a total of 12 ounces.

Even though I gave my wife the penne with pancetta in cream sauce that came with my meal in exchange for a tangle of cooked thin, white asparagus from her meal, I was pleasantly full with the addition of a small salad I made.

Our other meals from Jerry's were barbecued chicken wings and roasted tilapia.

For years, the Meals To Go were only $6.99. But now Jerry's has raised them to $7.99, still a good deal and one of the best takeout values in North Jersey. 

The prepared meals are in a refrigerated case in the main part of Jerry's, though they are usually gone by early afternoon. Don't reheat the food in the plastic container; plate it first before popping it into the microwave.

The Golden Grill, 1379 Queen Anne Road, Teaneck; 201-837-1078.

Jerry's Gourmet and More, 410 S. Dean St., Englewood; 201-871-7108.

Australian beef update

After I published my last post, O say can you taste the grass?, I was contacted by Meat and Livestock Australia Ltd. (MLA) with corrected information on how beef is raised Down Under.

MLA said cattle raised for Nature's Reserve beef, a brand sold at ShopRite supermarkets in North Jersey, receive some growth hormones, even though they are free range and grass fed.

Originally, MLA said neither the beef or the lamb I wrote about contained growth hormones. Now, it says only the grass-fed lamb is hormone-free. 

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  1. Thanks for the Golden Grill rec. The food was great and the prices were a steal. It had a weird throwback and neighborly vibe to it. I almost felt like I was transported back to the times when diners were actually good and folks from the town met and ate there. It felt almost southern.

  2. I'm glad you enjoyed it. It's everything you say.

    I've only had breakfast there, but I'm planning to go for lunch soon.


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