3.143 Galbi Tang

-Cycle 3, Item 143-
27 (Sun) May 2012

Galbi Tang

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at Deo Keunjip (더큰집)

-Nonhyeon, Seoul-

with Wife, Dominic, and Ian

While this dish has been featured on several prior posts (see most recently 2.204 Galbi Tang), this is the first time from a restaurant.  

This restaurant has also been featured before (see 2.328 Seolleong Tang), though it's undergone a few changes since then.  Notably, they've done away with most of the barbecue, which isn't really what people come for.  The soups, which are what people come for, seemed the same as before. However, the prices went up at least 1,000 won across the board, making the galbi tang now 11,000 won with regular rice (12,000 won with special multi-grain rice in a stone bowl).  They've kept the self-serve ice cream, which is what Dominic comes for.  

These three gigantic cauldrons, proudly on display through the front window, 
seemingly 24-hours a day, boil away beef bones for soups.

For some reason, they've added duck to the menu: 
"A duck barbecue smoke."

Now that I think about it, this is probably a bad idea on so many levels.

I suppose this restaurant will have to be blacklisted, if only to save my kid from the ice cream.

I have to admit that four consecutive days of nothing but Cantonese, as much as I adore it, was too much of a good thing.  By welcome contrast, Korean comfort food never tasted better, never felt more nourishing, than it did this evening.  I haven't ordered a second bowl of rice at a restaurant since college.


  1. I remember I was pretty excited when I first discovered those free ice cream stations at gamjatang places. Then after tasting it once I never got it again. The ice cream is terrible and the cone tastes like styrofoam.

  2. you were actually excited by free ice cream?! that's awesome. it's sad though that, the older I get, the more jaded/cynical I get, I feel less excited by such simple pleasures in life. I remember back in middle school when the thought of getting a plate of ddeokbokki after school would make me so happy.

  3. Are you thinking the ice cream is a bad idea because of the nasty water that the scoopers are sitting in? Because that is what I'm thinking...

  4. not just the nasty water, but the open containers of ice cream and cones. talking/spitting/sneezing/drooling while scooping/touching/putting back with dirty hands. ughh.