Korean restaurants are sprouting like weeds in Duluth. A new addition opened this month in the same plaza where Great Wall supermarket is located and there are two more nearby which I haven’t had a chance to visit. According to my
translator good friend EDM, Namsangol is a village in Korea where traditional houses exist. I so wanna live there. Follow the link and look at the amazing houses!
Anyway, I was hoping they have table-side BBQ at lunch but was told they only do it during dinner OR you must order for 3. Which I can definitely finish. But I only had half an hour for lunch so BBQ will have to wait another time. The menu here is extensive with the usual soups, rice plates, stews, meats, and more. But what’s great are the combination options. $10.99 gets you a bowl of tofu soup and a choice of fried rice, galbi or bulgogi. The pork-kimchi fried rice isn’t as spicy as I would’ve wanted it to be but it hit the spot. Lots of flavorful pork in “well-stir-fried” rice. Well-stir-fried, you ask? My mom coined the phrase and we heard it a lot growing up: it’s when rice is properly stir-fried — not sticking to each other, dry, not wet, not mushy, and each morsel has that crunchy exterior yet soft inside. They do that here. Oh, and did you know, it’s even topped with a fried egg!
The soondubu is almost excellent. They use the softest, silkiest, high-quality tofu and there are a lot of seafood in it (clam, mussel, squid, shrimp, fish). But while the soup is hearty, the broth, although flavorful and bold, needs a little bit more punch. Almost excellent. Almost.
Definitely a good addition to the neighborhood. Will have to explore more of the menu and try the BBQ of course.
Nam San Gol
2300 Pleasant Hill Rd.,
Duluth, GA 30096