Motjoeun Catering House brings simple, Buddhist-influenced Korean cuisine to Main Street

Tasty offerings at Motjoeun Catering House in Fort Lee, NJFORT LEE, NJ—The Business District Alliance (BDA) of Fort Lee welcomed Motjoeun Catering House to the business community with a ribbon cutting ceremony on December 10, 2015. Located on 207 Main Street, the new Korean delicatessen specializes in serving traditional Buddhist-influenced cuisine.

Head chef and owner, Misook Kim, prepares the entire rotating menu of fresh and simple Korean Buddhist temple-inspired dishes all herself. Though most of the store’s selection is vegetarian, Motjoeun Catering House occasionally serves fish and also takes catering requests for meats.

With plenty of experience cooking for monasteries, Kim’s talent for feeding hungry crowds lends itself well to her new store on bustling Main Street. Although “Delicious Banquet House” is the rough English equivalent of “Motjoeun”, the taste of Kim’s cuisine is hardly lost in translation. Keeping with the Korean Buddhist tradition, Kim’s dishes are prepared simply, sincerely and with an expert palate for quality ingredients, wholesomeness and flavor.

Although primarily catering to large parties and take-out customers, Misook Kim welcomes her patrons to stop in for a meal as well. Misook Kim and Yung Soon, Kim’s sister-in-law and kitchen hand, are happy to help the uninitiated with the names and explanations of the fresh and colorful Korean dishes.

Yung Soon attested to Kim’s commitment to her cooking and to her patrons.

[Kim] is a perfectionist. It can be hard to work for her,” she laughed. “She has very high standards, and you can experience it for yourself in her food.”

“Even though she cooks large portions for big crowds, it’s hard to tell with her attention to detail,” commented Soon. “You would think that she cooked each dish personally for you. And it’s much more than food for her. It’s caring for the community.”

“We’re proud to welcome our latest addition to Fort Lee,” said Stuart Z. Koperweis, Executive Director of the BDA. “They’re in a very convenient location for a pick-up-and-go lunch or dinner with all the foot traffic, and the Catering House brings a great traditional take on Korean food to Main Street.”

Located on 207 Main Street, you can contact Motjoeun Catering House by phone at (201) 944-4410.