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Best Korean Restaurant

Nam Kang

2126 Maryland Ave., (410) 685-6237

Posted 9/17/2003

After being around the block and then some, Baltimore's best Korean food still comes down to Nam Kang, the clean, friendly, apologetic basement box. Perks start with the tray of appetizers dished out with meals: firm and faintly sweet soybeans, spice-speckled bean sprouts, fluffy blocks of egg custard, sweet-sticky, crunchy anchovies (don't be shy), and, of course, the inimitable dash of potato salad sporting cucumber and onion strips. If you like it hot, try soon doo boo jigae, a nose-blowing stew bubbling with tofu, shellfish, and vegetables; sullung tang, the soothing, creamy oxtail soup with chopped scallions, thin clear noodles, and slices of lean beef (kimchi dunking optional) may please plainer tastes. The menu also boasts tasty crossovers like chewy noodles in porky black bean sauce and tender, deep-fried chicken in glossy garlic. But the Korean standard rests with bibimbap--a traditional dish mixing vegetables, egg, beef, and rice--at which Nam Kang always excels.

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Other Awards for Best Korean Restaurant:

Nak Won, 9/16/2009

Nam Kang, 9/17/2008

Nam Kang, 9/18/2002

U-Jung, 9/19/2001

Joung Kak, 9/13/2000

Nam Kang, 9/15/1999

Nam Kang, 9/17/1997

Nam Kang, 9/18/1996

All Awards for Nam Kang:

Best Korean Restaurant, 9/17/2008

Best Really Late-Night Dining, 9/20/2006

Best Late-Night Dining, 9/21/2005

Best Late-Night Dining, 9/17/2003

Best Korean Restaurant, 9/18/2002

Best Korean Restaurant, 9/15/1999

Best Korean Restaurant, 9/17/1997

Best Restaurant, 9/18/1996

Best Korean Restaurant, 9/18/1996

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