나주 이가네 숯불갈비 Mr. Lee's Charcoal Fire Ribs, Naju

Saturday, 28 November 2015

I know of this place only because we were brought here by the Naju locals.

Firstly, I'll break down the restaurant name for you. This place is called i-ga-ne-sut-bool-gal-bi (이가네 숯불갈비). Also more widely known as Mr Lee's Charcoal Fire Ribs.

They have a few branches, Naju is one of them.

The place specialises in (duh) 'charcoal fire ribs', a direct translation from 숯불갈비, used in the restaurant name - a.k.a Korean charcoal grilled short ribs.


Remove your shoes before entering!



This place does serve up some awesome short ribs, along with delicious side dishes which I have no idea what its called. I only remember chowing down the sides voraciously.

One of the reasons why I like to venture out into the Korean suburbs, is because their traditionally made dishes are nothing like that you'd get from Korean chain restaurants that open up in Singapore or even, in Seoul.



Yes, you'd be surprised at the food quality of some Seoul eateries, how they suck.

Back to the dishes here.

This one is starchy and slightly milky with a fragrant hint of rice, served with coloured rice cakes which ups its starch game. It's thick, but not the hard-to-stomach kind. I don't think I've ever eaten this in Seoul unfortunately. If you've come across this Korean dish, let me know what it is. :)


Some of you might cringe from this: cow's blood soup?

Don't. Because even their 선지국 (Korean cow blood soup) tastes good. No, you don't drink from it like a vampire. The cow's blood had been coagulated into something like tofu and cooked in the soup, something like Taiwan's favourite pig's blood 'tofu'.

So when you're eating this soup, just treat it like stew and enjoy the blood 'tofu'!

See, it looks perfectly normal like any other Korean stews you've eaten! With lots of beansprouts, this one!


The star dish of the eatery: grilled short ribs!

They will help you ensure the ribs are cooked to perfection, in front of your eyes. Flavourful, juicy, all I could ever ask for as a meat-lover.



Eat it in the Korean way - one piece of leafy lettuce, ssamjang, meat and a little garlic, wrapped nicely and to be entirely popped into your mouth.


I know it sounds crazy, especially eating cow's blood soup, yada yada. But when in Korea, eat like their locals! I do love their food generally, so I really enjoyed this entire meal.

You'll not regret it.

If you liked this post, please show some support here by showing some love here, click 'Like' for my FB Page!:

나주 이가네 숯불갈비 (Mr Lee's Charcoal Fire Ribs, Naju branch)
Korean address: 전라남도 나주시 용산동 221-20
Tel: (061) 333-2999 / (061) 333-5354