등갈비 (Deng Galbi) is a Korean style pork rib cooked in the back and then brought out to sizzle and char over a hot grill to finish off. I've had this before at a couple of other places in Korea - one being Ribs in Hondae (It was great, but it closed down a couple years ago) and another at 걸구네 (Gulguneh - not the same type/good) in Itaewon - but I am so happy to have finally tried this joint thanks to a post on a my friend blog (Andrew's blog). I loved this hole-in-the-wall gem find and will definitely be back for more rounds!
I want my babyback, babyback, babyback ribs!
You have to order a minimum of a 2 order on the 등갈비 (deng-galbi - pork ribs). It takes quite a while to come out while they prepare and also since the restaurant is small and busy, you are NOT allowed to order extra/more ribs after your initial order! Make sure you order how many you would like upfront. The portions are good and the two person portion did leave us stuffed, along with an order of the rice box.
What? Come for the Korean style BBQ baby back ribs. They also have other pork bbq, odeng soup, doshirak rice and ramen.
Who? People who like pork BBQ, especially looking for a meaty Korean baby back style rib. Hot grills and not very kid friendly. Drinking atmosphere, hole-in-the-wall BBQ joint - go to the bathroom somewhere else because the one here is outside and not very clean. Come for the food, not to be impressed with the bathrooms.
When? Weekdays: 5pm-1:30am, Saturday: 5pm-11pm. Sundays: Closed
Parking? No, maybe if you go right at 5pm when they open. Otherwise, no parking around.
Cards Accepted? Yes
Where? 서울시 강남구 논현동 107-11. 107-11 Nonhyeon 2(i)-dong
Directions: Not the easiest place to get to without a car. The closest subway stop is line 7, Hakdong station or line 3, Shinsa Station. If driving/taxi, off of Hannam bridge, you turn left towards Shinsa. Keep going straight and then turn right at the Dosan Park 4 way. Turn left into the 3rd alley-way street, and then turn right. It will be on the corner on your left. Your best best is to put the address in a navigation or google maps. It's really easy to follow the map, but hard to describe otherwise. It is definitely a hidden hole-in-the-wall neighbourhood restaurant.