A little Jersey City pride today. Normally when you ask me about the best Korean food, I’ll tell you about Palisades Park, NJ. Forget about Korea Town on 32nd Street in Manhattan. But today, I’m telling you about Hwa Kwang in Jersey City (formerly known as Dong Won). It’s at 774 West Side Avenue, off Duncan Avenue and not far from Montgomery Street. The neighborhood isn’t too great, and it’s far from the Path train, so either drive or give me a call. This place seems to always be empty, which is normally of great concern. I dined in the other night, and was really happy I did. The banchan is just about the best I’ve ever had. No, really. I usually avoid that tofu stuff on the bottom-right of the photo, but I couldn’t get enough of this. Even that freaky potato salad-type thing was good. Cucumbers, kimchee, bean sprouts, all perfect.
I ordered something new (for me) too. It’s a mandoo (dumpling) soup with rice cakes. Very light and good for people who don’t like their food spicy. So of course I poured some chili sauce into it, because I do like my food spicy. Spicy or not, this was very enjoyable.
I’m not a bibimbop kind of guy, but it was just so pretty, I had to take a picture of that too. The final verdict is that I intend to go back to Hwa Kwang and try more. The prices are pretty darned reasonable too, so that doesn’t hurt.