13.122 Premium Yang Galbi

Cycle 13 – Item 122

7 (Sat) May 2022

Premium Yang Galbi

2.5

at No Gyeong Seong

-Changgok, Sujeong, Seongnam, Gyeonggi, Republic of Korea-

with LHS

No Gyeong Seong is a Chinese restaurant.  Specializes in grilled lamb.

Located in the unnamed (as far as I’m aware) strip mall, adjacent to our apartment complex.

LHS and I spent the evening pub-crawling across 3 establishments: Cheongdam Lee Sang (see most recently 12.274 Seafood Yakisoba), No Gyeong Seong (this post), and Bloom (perhaps to be covered in a future post).

Arriving 30 minutes before closing, the place was mostly empty.

Paraphrasing a post from Cycle 1 in 2010 (see 1.218 Lamb Skewers):

A curious phenomenon, Chinese lamb skewer joints have been popping up all over Seoul in recent years. It’s pretty much the same set-up everywhere: small bits of lamb rubbed in a spice mix, grilled over charcoal on stainless steel skewers, served with typical Korean-Chinese sides, and often rounded off with steamed dumplings or other simple Korean-Chinese dishes. Considering the composition of the spice mix, a cumin-based recipe with anise seeds and other components commonly associated with Central Asian or the Middle Eastern fare, and the use of lamb, not the most prevalent meat in Cantonese, Mandarin or other mainstream Chinese styles, I suspect that the basic idea comes from the northwestern Xinjiang region of China, which borders India, Pakistan, Kirgizstan, Kazakhstan, and Mongolia, where such spices and lamb are quite popular. At around KRW 8,000-10,000 per serving, which appears to be about 150 g (approx USD 6-8 for 5 oz), it’s not exactly cheap. And whether it’s the cut or quality of the meat, I haven’t been overly impressed at any of these places by the lamb itself, which is probably my favorite when done right.

Since then, Chinese lamb skewer joints have gone mainstream.  Fancier digs, better meats, broader menus, higher prices (16,000 won for 1 portion of lamb skewers, amount unspecified).

“the spice mix, a cumin-based recipe with anise seeds and other components”

The Premium Yang Galbi comprised whole cuts of on-the-bone lamb (yang) ribs (galbi), unmarinated.  Grilled at the table over live coals.  5 pieces (200 grams) for 20,000 won.   Not bad.

Also comes with a few mushrooms. 

FIL loves lamb, so we’ll take him to this place someday.

(See also GLOBAL FOOD GLOSSARY)

(See also RESTAURANTS IN KOREA)

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