Jampong, a spicy seafood soup with noodles, can be ordered to go from Ewha Won, a Korean Chinese restaurant in the Closter Commons shopping center.
|One take-out order of jampong yields two portions ($9.99). Today, I topped my breakfast bowl of soup with a fried organic egg and sauteed spinach.|
By VICTOR E. SASSON
After a relaxing haircut, manicure and pedicure in Korean-owned shops in Closter on Saturday, I took advantage of the small town's food offerings.
First, I stopped at Ewha Won, a popular Korean Chinese restaurant just a few steps from the barber and manicure shops in the Closter Commons shopping center on Piermont Road.
Then, I drove less than a half-mile to Closter's tiny downtown to visit The Fish Dock, a market which offers fresh wild-caught and antibiotic-free farmed fish from Iceland.
If you order jampong from Ewha Won, the kitchen will cook the noodles and package them separately from the spicy fish soup, which includes mussels, shrimp and squid.
A woman who came in after me asked for uncooked noodles, explaining she likes to cook them herself in the soup when she gets home.
At home, I placed soup and noodles in a bowl, and reheated them for 3 minutes in a microwave, adding the black bean paste provided. Just delicious.
You also get raw onions and Korean pickles, but not the kimchi served in the restaurant for some reason.
|A day after I grilled meaty cod cheeks from The Fish Dock in Closter, I added pitted olives before reheating some of the leftovers gently in the microwave, and prepared pesto after they were ready.|
The Fish Dock is owned and operated by four friendly Icelanders.
They say they pick up their fresh Icelandic fish right off of the plane at Newark International Airport only a day or two after it is caught.
You can find fillets of Icelandic cod and haddock at Costco Wholesale in Teterboro, but The Fish Dock's variety goes far beyond that.
I've never seen cod cheeks at Costco.
And you only need to cook The Fish Dock's raw-fish and vegetable medleys for under 15 minutes before dinner is served.
Both cod cheeks and the fish medley were terrific.
Why drive 10 miles for a haircut?
At Closter Dongyang Barber Shop, the owner cuts my hair with a scissor, shaves my neck with a straight razor and then finishes by vacuuming and massaging my head ($20).
Perfect 20, the manicure salon, is just across the courtyard, and I can bring in a cup of coffee from the Korean bakery next door.
|The Fish Dock's modest storefront. Street parking is free.|
A loyalty program earns you money with your initial purchase at The Fish Dock.