The rice-flour seafood pancake at So Gong Dong in Palisades Park is one of the soft-tofu restaurant's non-spicy dishes.
By VICTOR E. SASSON
We've been relying on So Gong Dong in Palisades Park for years to deliver a filling meal of healthy soft tofu, rice and vegetable side dishes for only $10.
But in September, when we stopped there for dinner, my wife complained the beef broth of her soft-tofu stew was too salty, and I thought the grilled whole squid I ordered was a lot smaller than before.
Those proved to be momentary setbacks, as we found out on Friday, when we returned to the second-floor restaurant with our son, who was home from college and just had to have soft tofu.
Belly busting meal
I also ordered a seafood pancake to share ($11.99), and my wife and son chose pork soft-tofu stews ($9.99 each).
I'm not sure why, but after a couple of slices of pancake, I couldn't finish my tofu stew, and took the leftovers home.
Our son also ordered Bulgogi or Korean barbecue made with prime beef, and couldn't finish that either ($14.99).
Soft-tofu stews can be ordered from "no spicy" to "more spicy."
And when you finish the kimchi and other side dishes, just ask for more.
If you're afraid the beef broth will be too salty, you can order your soft-tofu stew made with hot water.
For 100% organic tofu, try BCD Tofu House, 1640 Schlosser St., Fort Lee, where a complete dinner of tofu stew, rice and side dishes is $12.99.
The Fort Lee restaurant is usually packed, but doesn't take reservations, and you might have to wait on line.
When the soft-tofu stew is brought to your table in a stone bowl, it is bubbling furiously, hot enough to poach the fresh egg that is provided. We always ask for the stew "more spicy."
One of the great pleasures of a soft-tofu dinner is breaking a soft-boiled egg yolk over white rice and eating them together. The crunchy rice lining the bottom of the stone bowl is worth trying to scrape up.
Seaweed with gochujang, a spicy red-pepper sauce, was one of the complimentary side dishes on Friday.
|Pickled radish with sliced jalapeno pepper.|
|Cucumber kimchi, above, and cabbage kimchi, below.|
|A side dish of bean sprouts.|
|The dining room filled up quickly as we ate.|
So Gong Dong Tofu & B.B.Q., 118 Broad Ave., Second Floor, Palisades Park; 201-313-5550.
Open 7 days, 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Valet parking and free parking on side streets. Meters in effect 7 days until 9 p.m.
Although So Gong Dong doesn't have a liquor license, you are discouraged from bringing beer or soju to enjoy with your meal.