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Best Korean Restaurant

Nam Kang

2126 Maryland Ave., (410) 685-6237

Posted 9/15/1999

Lord knows, we've raved enough about all our old favorites at Nam Kang. We've rhapsodized about the huge bowls of jampong, that flame-orange (and red-hot) seafood noodle soup. We've gone on and on about the seethingly potent kim chi jigue, the bubbling pork-and-kimchi stew with the mild and silky rice cakes scattered in it. We've praised the mild yet peppery dumpling soup, tuk man doo kuk. So now we're going to talk about the octopus, because the octopus was new to us. We didn't even order it--it wasn't one of Nam Kang's belt-loosening lunch specials or table-shaking entrées, but merely part of the assortment of free appetizers that came with a meal. These appetizers, an integral part of the Nam Kang experience, come from an apparently limitless selection of vegetables and marine-life forms, variously pickled, shredded, cooked, or processed into wholly new things. The octopus was one of the simpler ones: some magenta-tinged chunks of tentacle that had been lightly marinated into a sort of minimalist seafood salad. And it was the most tender mollusk flesh we'd ever eaten (trust us, we eat lots of mollusk flesh), with a clean, fresh octopus flavor. This, from a complimentary appetizer. We came in expecting excellence, and we were wowed anyway.

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Other Awards for Best Korean Restaurant:

Nak Won, 9/16/2009

Nam Kang, 9/17/2008

Nam Kang, 9/17/2003

Nam Kang, 9/18/2002

U-Jung, 9/19/2001

Joung Kak, 9/13/2000

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 Korean Restaurant, 9/17/2003

Best Late-Night Dining, 9/17/2003

Best Korean Restaurant, 9/18/2002

Best Korean Restaurant, 9/17/1997

Best Restaurant, 9/18/1996

Best Korean Restaurant, 9/18/1996

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