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    Post #1 - December 19th, 2005, 8:20 am
    Post #1 - December 19th, 2005, 8:20 am Post #1 - December 19th, 2005, 8:20 am
    LTH,

    Lot of references to Kang Nam Galbi on LTHForum but no specific posts. Kang Nam is consistently very good and, in light of yet another nice meal Saturday, I thought I'd post.

    Nice selection of panchan, live coals, good quality meat, reasonable prices, especially in light of their current kalbi special of $11.95 in celebration of their 12-year anniversary.

    Kang Nam's dolsot bimbop is among the best, if not the best, in town simply for the fact the rice on the bottom of the dolsot (noo roon bop) is consistently crisp and crunchy. BBQ comes with the usual accompaniments, lettuce, shredded scallion, hot bean paste, raw garlic, sesame oil mix for dredging, individual soups and, included with two or more orders of BBQ, seafood pancake (hae mul pajun).

    My current Korean BBQ favorite is Hai Woon Dae, with Kang Nam second. Woo Chon and San Soo Gap San are quite good with Solga trailing mainly due to the fact they use gas with a minuscule amount of charcoal that soon runs out.

    Kang Nam Live Coals
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    Kang Nam Dolsot BimBop
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    Kang Nam
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    Enjoy,
    Gary

    Kang Nam Galbi
    4849 N. Kedzie
    Chicago, Il
    (773) 539-2524
    Live Coals

    Hai Woon Dae
    6240 N. California
    Chicago, IL 60659
    773-764-8018
    Live Coals

    San Soo Gap San
    5247 N. Western Ave.
    Chicago, IL
    773-334-1589
    Love Coals

    Woo Chon,
    5744 N California Ave.
    Chicago, IL
    (773) 728-8001
    Live coals

    Solga
    5828 N. Lincoln
    Chicago, IL
    773-728-0802
    Gas w/live coals
    Sauce on the side, always, implied, axiomatic..........never a doubt, BBQ sauce without.

    Low & Slow
  • Post #2 - December 19th, 2005, 10:39 am
    Post #2 - December 19th, 2005, 10:39 am Post #2 - December 19th, 2005, 10:39 am
    G Wiv wrote:Solga trailing mainly due to the fact they use gas with a minuscule amount of charcoal that soon runs out.

    When I was at Solga the other day, they used no charcoal at all. Still, the food was very good.

    Does Kang Nam have a minimum order? Most places require that at least two diners get barbecue. But Solga requires a minimum two orders of the same meat.
  • Post #3 - December 19th, 2005, 12:39 pm
    Post #3 - December 19th, 2005, 12:39 pm Post #3 - December 19th, 2005, 12:39 pm
    Wow 11.95 for kalbi is an amazing deal and those pictures look delicious. Do you know how long they are running this special? :)
  • Post #4 - December 20th, 2005, 12:58 pm
    Post #4 - December 20th, 2005, 12:58 pm Post #4 - December 20th, 2005, 12:58 pm
    I concur with Gwiv's assessment above. The Dolsot Bi Bim Bop is one of the nicer examples around town. An excellent assortment of quality panchan with the 2 varieties of Kimchee being borderline stellar. Outstanding service as far as Korean restaurants usually go.

    My biggest beef (or is that bul go gi?) about Kang Nam is that the room is a bit of a downer.

    When we first sat down under the smoke vent, the drift coming down was so cold that I'm quite sure you could hang meat in there. Maybe freeze it as I'm sure MikeG would attest to......


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    (Picture by Trixie-Pea)
  • Post #5 - December 20th, 2005, 1:05 pm
    Post #5 - December 20th, 2005, 1:05 pm Post #5 - December 20th, 2005, 1:05 pm
    Let me join the chorus. This has been a long time favorite, and is my son's single favorite restaurant. Live flames help. So does the WWII fighter plane clock. Best bibimbap in town, always has been. And its in probably the most important culinary strip mall this side of Hollywood.
  • Post #6 - December 20th, 2005, 2:24 pm
    Post #6 - December 20th, 2005, 2:24 pm Post #6 - December 20th, 2005, 2:24 pm
    In summing up San Soo Gap San, G Wiv wrote:
    Love Coals
    :shock:

    Any idea about a source? :wink:

    BTW: Kang Nam Galbi remains my favorite Korean restaurant in Chicago.

    Cheers,
    Wade
    "Remember the Alamo? I do, with the very last swallow."
  • Post #7 - December 20th, 2005, 6:42 pm
    Post #7 - December 20th, 2005, 6:42 pm Post #7 - December 20th, 2005, 6:42 pm
    sera wrote:Wow 11.95 for kalbi is an amazing deal and those pictures look delicious. Do you know how long they are running this special? :)

    Sera,

    No idea how long it will last, but it's a heck of a deal.

    Enjoy,
    Gary
    Sauce on the side, always, implied, axiomatic..........never a doubt, BBQ sauce without.

    Low & Slow
  • Post #8 - December 20th, 2005, 6:45 pm
    Post #8 - December 20th, 2005, 6:45 pm Post #8 - December 20th, 2005, 6:45 pm
    waderoberts wrote:In summing up San Soo Gap San, G Wiv wrote:
    Love Coals
    :shock:

    Any idea about a source? :wink:,
    Wade

    Wade,

    The Berger Bros collection at the Pleasure Chest on Broadway. :roll: :lol:

    Enjoy,
    Gary
    Sauce on the side, always, implied, axiomatic..........never a doubt, BBQ sauce without.

    Low & Slow
  • Post #9 - February 19th, 2006, 7:24 pm
    Post #9 - February 19th, 2006, 7:24 pm Post #9 - February 19th, 2006, 7:24 pm
    Hi,

    I walked briefly in the Kang Nam today. Their anniversary kalbi sale remains good until the end of February.

    Didn't Kang Nam have the apple green walls with airplane(s) suspended from the ceiling? If yes, then they have both disapeered with their redecorating efforts.

    Regards,
    Cathy2

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  • Post #10 - February 19th, 2006, 9:27 pm
    Post #10 - February 19th, 2006, 9:27 pm Post #10 - February 19th, 2006, 9:27 pm
    Mmmm, probably is time to go hit Kang Nam, thanks for the reminder, y'all. Kang Nam very, very good for me.
    d
    Feeling (south) loopy
  • Post #11 - March 17th, 2006, 9:43 am
    Post #11 - March 17th, 2006, 9:43 am Post #11 - March 17th, 2006, 9:43 am
    I had a heck of a meal last night at Kang Nam: galbi and pork bulgogki over live coals with a dizzying array of panchan and a comforting dolsot bibimbap.

    No problems with the temperature in the room.

    Kang Nam's menu did look a bit different to me from my last visit. It seemed significantly more American-ized in style, with a lot of English explanations. The word "dolsot" seems to be replaced with "hot pot" and the term "bibimbap" doesn't appear anywhere in English characters. Dolsot bibimbap is listed as "mixed vegetable with rice - hot pot". In spite of the slight naming confusion, it remains one of my favorites.

    There is no minimum order for Korean BBQ, but the menu does state that for one order, it may be cooked in the kitchen instead of at the table.

    Best,
    Michael
  • Post #12 - March 17th, 2006, 11:22 am
    Post #12 - March 17th, 2006, 11:22 am Post #12 - March 17th, 2006, 11:22 am
    ironically I think Bi Bim Bap is the only Korean dish that people may recognize (not to mention kim chee). Go figure.

    Also like the Korean beer... OB a far cry from OE...

    good call Michael
    "Yum"
    -- Everyone

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  • Post #13 - April 14th, 2006, 1:12 pm
    Post #13 - April 14th, 2006, 1:12 pm Post #13 - April 14th, 2006, 1:12 pm
    Any idea how much the BBQ w/ extras at Kang Nam is going for now?

    A cheesy book I wrote just got published in Korean, and I want to celebrate with some good grub, but I'm dragging a few friends who are on tighter budgets. Any estimates on what a nice feast will run, per person?
  • Post #14 - April 14th, 2006, 1:20 pm
    Post #14 - April 14th, 2006, 1:20 pm Post #14 - April 14th, 2006, 1:20 pm
    crrush wrote:Any idea how much the BBQ w/ extras at Kang Nam is going for now?

    A cheesy book I wrote just got published in Korean, and I want to celebrate with some good grub, but I'm dragging a few friends who are on tighter budgets. Any estimates on what a nice feast will run, per person?


    I think the BBQ dishes run from $13 - $18 per order, but you certainly don't need one order per person. With the salad, soup, pancake, and panchan, you'll get plenty of food. I'd probably go with two orders for every three people for a good feast, but then again your definition of "good feast" might be different.

    You might want to get a dolsot bibimbap too, which is excellent at Kang Nam.

    Best,
    Michael
  • Post #15 - April 15th, 2006, 12:51 pm
    Post #15 - April 15th, 2006, 12:51 pm Post #15 - April 15th, 2006, 12:51 pm
    With a tight budget, you could always try Garden Buffet :lol:
  • Post #16 - October 16th, 2006, 9:37 pm
    Post #16 - October 16th, 2006, 9:37 pm Post #16 - October 16th, 2006, 9:37 pm
    fenger wrote:With a tight budget, you could always try Garden Buffet :lol:


    at $20 a head? That's not budget dining, unless you're really chowing down that BBQ!
  • Post #17 - July 31st, 2010, 9:37 am
    Post #17 - July 31st, 2010, 9:37 am Post #17 - July 31st, 2010, 9:37 am
    8:00pm last night and we were the only diners in the room. BBQ was characteristically great, especially my favorite galbi. Panchan proved a wide assortment and included raw blue crab, which the owner proudly told us would be on TV. "Bald guy with big belly?" I gestured. Yep, apparently Andrew Zimmerman had been there.

    As I said the food was excellent - a notch above San Soo Gap San. I can't understand why it is so empty, but I'm afraid if things go on like this, we may lose an excellent real coal Korean BBQ spot in Chicago.
    "By the fig, the olive..." Surat Al-Teen, Mecca 95:1"
  • Post #18 - August 1st, 2010, 9:11 pm
    Post #18 - August 1st, 2010, 9:11 pm Post #18 - August 1st, 2010, 9:11 pm
    Habibi wrote:8:00pm last night and we were the only diners in the room. BBQ was characteristically great, especially my favorite galbi. Panchan proved a wide assortment and included raw blue crab, which the owner proudly told us would be on TV. "Bald guy with big belly?" I gestured. Yep, apparently Andrew Zimmerman had been there.

    As I said the food was excellent - a notch above San Soo Gap San. I can't understand why it is so empty, but I'm afraid if things go on like this, we may lose an excellent real coal Korean BBQ spot in Chicago.


    Inspired by this post, I hit up Kang Nam Galbi for an early dinner tonight. Galbi was really good, the bulgogki was ok, but I'm beginning to realize I just don't like the super thin cut of pork used at Korean BBQ spots. Nice selection of panchan, which included the blue crab as mentioned above. Somewhat surprised at the prices, which at $25 for most of the BBQ items, is about $7 more than San Soo Gab San. I thought the galbi was better than anything I've had at SSGS, and their included soup is better too, but $25 seemed like a bit of a reach, especially for the pork.

    There was only one other table occupied when I arrived around 6, but it was a decent sized group, and there were some couples and groups streaming in towards the end of our meal, so maybe they aren't totally on the verge of going out of business. On the wall by the register there were 3 huge pictures of Andrew Zimmern and crew with an older woman whom I presume to be the owner of the restaurant. If they make cut and get an appearance on Bizarre Foods, I think we can put to rest any concerns over their well-being, as I'm sure business will see a nice spike.

    *Edit: Forgot to mention that there were bottles of Tabasco Brand teriyaki sauce on the table. WTF?
  • Post #19 - November 8th, 2010, 9:58 am
    Post #19 - November 8th, 2010, 9:58 am Post #19 - November 8th, 2010, 9:58 am
    Sadly, it looks like Ronna might have been right (story of my life).

    We tried to hit Kang Nam Friday evening and found this:
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    We really hope that it is just a temporary closure, but Kang Nam hasn't been answering its phone all weekend.
    --Rich
    I don't know what you think about dinner, but there must be a relation between the breakfast and the happiness. --Cemal Süreyya
  • Post #20 - November 10th, 2010, 2:15 pm
    Post #20 - November 10th, 2010, 2:15 pm Post #20 - November 10th, 2010, 2:15 pm
    Sorry to say Kang Nam is closed. My friend's parents are close w/ the owners. Sadly they have closed and not re-opening. I believe a Chinese place will be taking over the space.
  • Post #21 - November 10th, 2010, 5:58 pm
    Post #21 - November 10th, 2010, 5:58 pm Post #21 - November 10th, 2010, 5:58 pm
    R.I.P.
    "By the fig, the olive..." Surat Al-Teen, Mecca 95:1"
  • Post #22 - May 19th, 2011, 3:51 pm
    Post #22 - May 19th, 2011, 3:51 pm Post #22 - May 19th, 2011, 3:51 pm
    Kang Nam now sporting banners that read "Grand Opening". Same name, but a sub-sign says something like "Korean and Chinese" cuisine. There are large food photos on the windows facing the parking lot, and one appeared to be of chicken wings.
  • Post #23 - May 19th, 2011, 3:54 pm
    Post #23 - May 19th, 2011, 3:54 pm Post #23 - May 19th, 2011, 3:54 pm
    I heard rumors that they were reopening on the Twitters, glad to hear it is true! I was going to stop in today to investigate and I got sidetracked by Weiner And Still Champion instead. Tomorrow is another day...
    "Baseball is like church. Many attend. Few understand." Leo Durocher
  • Post #24 - May 19th, 2011, 4:45 pm
    Post #24 - May 19th, 2011, 4:45 pm Post #24 - May 19th, 2011, 4:45 pm
    Shasson wrote:Kang Nam now sporting banners that read "Grand Opening". Same name, but a sub-sign says something like "Korean and Chinese" cuisine. There are large food photos on the windows facing the parking lot, and one appeared to be of chicken wings.


    I saw that on a recent trip to visit Sahar's adjacent new digs (fabulous BTW).

    IIRC the sign indicates that in addition to Chinese-Korean food (i.e. chicken wangs) BBQ will still be offered.

    Wonderful news.
    "By the fig, the olive..." Surat Al-Teen, Mecca 95:1"
  • Post #25 - June 10th, 2011, 9:31 pm
    Post #25 - June 10th, 2011, 9:31 pm Post #25 - June 10th, 2011, 9:31 pm
    We tried to go there this evening and it was closed (around 6:30 PM). Has anyone been since the "Grand Opening"?

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