|The long-delayed relocation of Arirang Kimchi to Ridgefield from Englewood remains incomplete.|
By VICTOR E. SASSON
The jar of kimchi in my refrigerator came all the way from Pennsylvania.
I had hoped to pick up Arirang's handmade cabbage kimchi in Ridgefield on Saturday, but the family owned company hasn't completed its relocation from Englewood.
The storefront in the H&Y Marketplace shopping center looks much the same as it did a couple of months ago.
I looked under the "COMING SOON" banner covering the plate-glass window, and could see only three or four large refrigerated cases against one wall.
I have been a loyal Arirang customer for more than a decade, and have loved the crunch of its spicy cabbage, cucumber and radish kimchis.
So many kimchis...
But on Saturday, I had to go into H&Y, a Korean supermarket; look over a dozen brands and purchase a 64-ounce bottle of Mukungwha Mac Kimchi from Joo Young Food Inc. in Willow Grove, Pa. ($8.99).
The ingredients list is short: Cabbage, red pepper, ginger, onion, garlic, salt, fish sauce.
Costco Wholesale in Hackensack is selling a smaller bottle of cabbage kimchi for $7.99, but I haven't bought any because it contains beef-bone extract and added sugar.
|One of my favorite items at H&Y Marketplace is a 2-pound package of Jun's Wild Sesame Seed Tofu ($5), made in the store with non-GMO soybeans. A great snack is a thick slice of this tofu with a little sweet-and-spicy gochujang, below.|
|Mukungwha Mac Kimchi from Pennsylvania.|
|The cabbage kimchi sold at Costco Wholesale in Hackensack is $7.99, but the bottle is smaller, only 58 ounces.|
H&Y Marketplace, 1 Remsen Place, Ridgefield; 201-943-7400.