Ever heard of Red Vinegar Soju? -- Here's our unli samgyupsal night experience that's perfect for the pay day cheat day!

You will often hear your Korean friends about treating someone with meat every time they finish a certain task which requires lots of effort. In Korea, it's a tradition for them to say 'I'll treat you with meat,' as during the dynasties, only those in power could eat such. Luckily, my friend and I could keep up with the royalties 'cause this Samgyupsal haven in Ortigas would give you that pleasure with just 298 for lunch and 345 for dinner.



Ella's experience

Ambiance

My friend Jelina and I have been crawling throughout Metro Manila in search of the perfect Korean food hub that we can easily run into whenever we feel like eating a particular dish. For this restaurant, you'll know in a while what's our pick!


(Imone) or KLB Samgyupsal is near Astoria Hotel and University of Asia and the Pacific in Ortigas center. KLB stands for the initials of the owner. Aside from the unlimited Samgyupsal, the restaurant boasts about their traditional Korean ala-carte dishes.


When I entered the venue, I suddenly miss dining at a traditional Korean restaurant. It reminds me of my first authentic Korean food experience. From the design, interiors and the menus on the wall, plus the meat cutting machine located in front of the open kitchen.  It might look simple but everything here is just so Korean!


Welcoming you are these two charming 'oppas' that you can take photos with before entering the dining area! Plus of course, the Korean ice creams that are truly perfect for Husik! Husik is the Korean term for dessert! 


Food

How many side dishes do you often get when you are in a Korean restaurant and you avail an unlimited deal? More or less, we get around six to eight different banchans (side dishes). 

In this resto, they served nine! This includes two different types of kimchi (the traditional cabbage kimchi and cucumber), miyeokguk (seaweed soup), baby potatoes, macaroni salad, the green cucumber like textured vegetable which I don't know the name (haha), braised tofu and the gel-like texture of miyeok stems.


I think that this one is made of radish. I'm not sure so can someone please enlighten me with the name of this side dish? As for the taste, I could really compare it to a seasoned radish.


Among the side dishes, I think this is the only one that's not a part of a traditional Korean set of banchans I'm amazed that the taste fits with the whole set!



Since my friend really likes Kimchi, she finished two servings in an instant! Take note, their serving of kimchi is no joke! There are hundreds of Kimchi that you can try and KLB Samgyupsal serves two types among them!


My favorite baby potatoes in their special sauce!


The braised tofu is somehow the perfect toppings for your rice meal. I love it when I had it with rice and samgyupsal.


 I personally love the miyeok stems that I finished all that has been served. Miyeok is fresh (sometimes dried) seaweed and the soup counterpart is what Koreans eat during their birthdays!


Fresh lettuce perfect for you ssam! In a while, i'm gonna share with you the basics and the art of eating Ssam!


How would you know if a pork/ beef has been served fresh? It has that pinkish line cuts even when it has been frozen for a while. Samgyupsal, literally means three layers of fat pertaining to the cut of the meat. It is thinly sliced pork belly grilled and is served with different kinds of sauces. Nowadays, it has evolved into marinated meats but I still find the traditional ones more pleasing.


In a tradional Samgyupsal house, they don't really marinate the meat. Thus, those claiming to be authentic 'flavors' of Samgyupsal is somehow questionable for me. Do you know to grill Samgyupsal properly?

1. Grill it with the garlic. (Most of my Korean friends actually eat samgyupsal with garlic-- the one that has been grilled together with the meat. There were instances that they it the garlic raw!)
2. Dip it in sesame oil
3. DIp it in Ssamjang (sauce)

Afterwards, you can already put it in your Ssam!

How to ssam? 

Ssam is the Korean term for 'wrap' which is a method of wrapping meat, sauces and your personal choice of side dish on a leafy vegetable. Don't forget to put sauces!


Wrap it all up! Make sure that it can fit in your mouth 'cause you'll be having a hard time chewing it once you eat it all at once!


Let the ssam burst out flavors in your mouth!!!

Soju mixes and anju

If we were friends for quite a while now, you know that I am good with the mixes of soju. Well, starting with the basics, the most popular ones are melona (ice cream) soju and Yogurt (yakult) soju mix. It's popular for those who love sweet blends but still wishes to maintain that flavorful kick of soju. In this photo, it's the green and pink one. The other one that we tried is the fruit vinegar soju. Okay, when I heard about it, I was curious on how it would taste but it is a good thing that I tried it.

I tried it without mixing first so the taste of the vinegar directly went straight to my brain. You know how it feels like when you drink the vinegar sauce of your tokneneng, don't you? Well, for a few seconds, I had goosebumps. 

Since I am courageous enough to find the reason why it's super popular in Korea now, I tried to mix it using my straw. That's when the magic started. (Good thing I didn't give up on my first try!) It has that sweet apple taste, a close to iced tea taste, surprisingly, the vinegar taste already disappeared and that little kick of soju remained. In an instant, I loved it!


Anju in Korean means the food you eat while drinking (Pulutan in Tagalog). In this restaurant, they give one free Jeyuk Bokkumbap (Stir-fried pork) for every Unli-samgyupsal deal. What I love the most about it is that it taste pretty much the same as the one I tried in Jeju (minus the vegetables). You can check it on my previous blog: Jeju : Hareubang Gaekjujib. It tastes as legit as the home-cooked ones that the parents of my Korean students prepared for me before!


Gyeran Mari or Korean Omellete (one of the ala-carte) is not your typical rolled omelettes 'cause it has cheese inside! It's super nice to eat it while drinking soju!

Menu

Here's their menu for your reference: 












Ella's Recommendation:

1. When we came, it was a little hot since their aircon broke down (that time) so try to look for a spot that's comfy for you!

2. Jeyuk Bokkum is my favorite! Must try and it's free if you avail the unlimited samgyupsal!

3. The place is quite hard to find so take Astoria Hotel as your landmark!


Location

Amber Square Escriva Drive Ortigas Center Pasig City



6 Comments

  1. I also love Korean foods, but am more on their veggies than meat. The spices are so good as well.

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  2. It's funny how when Korean food wasn't this popular, my husband and I used to frequent a Korean restaurant in Malate after our gigs. I remember how they serve so much appetizers.

    Now that people are raving about Korean food, we haven't been able to visit a single Korean resto! I would love to take my kids to one soon. Their rice is my favorite!

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  3. Vinegar soju is so interesting! HAHA unfortunately, soju is an enemy to me. HAHAHA

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  4. I lived in Korea for two years and I hate to admit that I can't finish one bottle of soju! HAHAHA! I always end up eating lots of Anju!

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  5. I wanna try the vinegar soju!! The Korean omelette looks good.

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