Sung-Min, Nayoung, & Rocky
Hanging out with Nayoung and Sung-Min in Jersey, it made me realize my life was missing two things that would make it exponentially better: Koreans and a pet dog.
Edgewater, where they live, is close to Fort Lee and Palisades Park, home to the highest percentage of ethnic Koreans in any U.S. municipality (51.5%). Per my request, Sung-Min and Nayoung took me to get Korean food for dinner, where I ordered my beloved soo jae bi, hand-torn pieces of chewy dough, vegetables, and clams in a flavorful, light broth.
I got to meet Rocky, Sung-Min’s neighbor’s dog. Sung-Min walks Rocky for his neighbor because she has trouble keeping up with him. When I first met Rocky, he couldn’t stop licking my buttermilk fried chicken-covered hands. See, even the dog agrees the chicken was phenomenal! He’s really energetic and likes to lick a lot.
My favorite place that we visited was Mitsuwa Marketplace (the largest Japanese supermarket in the U.S., according to its website). The place straight up reminded me of the large urban supermarkets I saw in Asia (Singapore in particular). The place even sold taiyaki, red bean-filled fish-shaped cakes!
If you ask me, the combination of Edgewater, Fort Lee, and Palisades Park is an attraction in and of itself.
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