#7: 닭갈비 (Dak Galbi)

30 Jan

All this time, I thought I loved chicken because it was delicious...

Number 7 is a food that I had eaten many times before stumbling upon The List.  닭갈비 (pronounced dak galbi) is marinated chicken, grilled at your table with a slew of vegetables (usually cabbage, taters, onions, ddeok, and other goodies).  It varies in spiciness:  from mild to a level that will make the burliest of men sweat and whimper.  I prefer it somewhere in the middle.

I stumbled upon this particular restaurant while searching for another item on The List.  My target restaurant was packed and I wasn’t up for standing in the Siberian cold while I waited for a table, so my friend and I trudged across the street, vowing to come back on a later date.  I have in fact come back several times since, but I keep passing up on the original goal and making a bee line for this place.

The 닭갈비 that I order here is known as 숫불닭갈비 (sut bul dak galbi).  This version differs from the standard in that it is cooked on a charcoal grill, rather than in a pan and comes with fewer veggies.  As I understand it, the chicken is a mix of thigh and breast meat with (praise God) the skin included.  The sides are pretty standard, but it also comes with marinated green onions that, despite having a habit of getting stuck in your teeth, are an excellent addition.  The name suggests a high level of spiciness, but I could have honestly handled a little more heat.  Perhaps the ladies tone down the spice when a man of my complexion orders.

Noticed the charred bits on the grill. That's the good stuff.

This has become one of my go-to places when I’m near Gangnam station.  It won’t change your life by any means, but it has had the power to steer me away from other plans on more than one occasion.  Take exit #7 from Gangnam station, walk straight and hang a right at the CGV.  Walk up the hill, make your first left and walk past the Irish pub.  The restaurant will be on your right.

2 Responses to “#7: 닭갈비 (Dak Galbi)”

  1. juju3443 February 6, 2011 at 2:58 pm #

    Too bad Gangnam Station is so far from RH…

  2. Caroline February 7, 2011 at 6:00 am #

    I love 닭갈비!!!!!!!! 😀
    Let’s go together >_<!!!!

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