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Jeonju Korean Restaurant

One of my favorite Korean dramas is Dae Jang Geum, which was shown in local television under the title, “Jewel in the Palace.” Aside from the beautiful plot and great acting, the thing that really glued me to this show is the food. I was particularly fascinated with Banchan, the side dishes, which they like to have in abundance. And so I have always wanted to try the Korean cuisine and what do you know, I finally did! Last November 3, I joined my friends from 8065 Coffee, Niña and Shayne, in Malate to dine Korean style at Jeonju Korean Restaurant.

There was nothing fancy about the design of the resto, but I sure loved this elevated area with low tables and throw pillows. It sort of made things, feel more authentic.

 

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Okay, now the food. Since it was Shayne’s very advanced birthday treat to us (oh yeah she celebrated her birthday last Sunday) and the one who is more familiar with Korean cuisine, we let her do the ordering. First we had Bulgogi Bekban (PHP300), which includes the side dishes. Bulgogi is grilled marinated beef that is sweet, with a little hint of saltiness. If you’re familiar with Korean barbecue, well this pretty much tastes like that, only this one is juicy and peppered with vegetables.

 

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Bulgogi Bekban comes with side dishes. Side dishes to Koreans is what sauces are to Pinoys; they augment the taste of the main dish. I’m sorry I cannot name all of the side dishes, but I googled some, hope I got them right. If not, please correct me in the comment below.

Potato Salad

 

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Korean Spinach II

 

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Seasoned Eggplant

 

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Shredded Scallion Salad

 

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Bean Sprout Salad

 

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Kimchi

 

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Among all the side dishes, my favorite is this one below, unfortunately, I don’t know how it’s called.

 

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We ordered another dish called, Kimchi Jjigae (PHP250) and it was really really good. It’s like the Korean version of sinigang but spicier. It has pork, tofu, and some veggies.

 

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Upon my request, we also had, Ramyeon (PHP150), which is basically, just instant noodles. I didn’t mind that it was instant, because it was good and the serving was big.

Korean cuisine, I noticed, is generally sweet and spicy. I remember that Thai food falls under the same taste category, but I didn’t like it that much. It was a different story with the Korean food, I just loved it. The food presentation is good and with side dishes alone, you could satiate yourself.

I might say that my first Korean gastronomic experience was more than I expected. The food was great, the price was reasonable, and since it was my first time to try this cuisine, it made everything all the more enjoyable. Now that I’ve discovered that Koreans are not only good at making TV dramas but also cook great-tasting food, maybe I should plan visiting their country soon, what do you think?

 

Jeonju Korean Restaurant
Ermita St., Malate, Manila

 

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Comments (23)

  1. swj
    swj

    I am afraid I wrote languages that were unfamiliar to you and your blog readers.

    Correction : 3. mujeolim – mu jeolim – 무 절임
    7. miyeok julgi boggem – miyeok julgi boggeum

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  2. Marjorie G
    Marjorie G

    I was quite surprised too that kimchi was actually good because they say it's an acquired taste.

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  3. Marjorie G
    Marjorie G

    Hindi lang yung name ng food, pati mismo pangalan ng mga tao nila ang hirap i-memorize haha…

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  4. Marjorie G
    Marjorie G

    Wow, a complete list. Thanks for sharing it.

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  5. Marjorie G
    Marjorie G

    Hindi ko naman mimemorize, kinunan ko lang ng picture yung menu hahaha…

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  6. Marjorie G
    Marjorie G

    Di rin ako particular sa veggies pero I swear yung mga kinain namin dyan, masarap.

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  7. Marjorie G
    Marjorie G

    Tinanggal ko na yung Disqus kasi marami nga kayong hirap magcomment hehe…

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  8. akoysi MEcoy
    akoysi MEcoy

    nangutom naman ako! kahit di ako lover ng veggies mejo
    natatakam ako dito, saya maging korean paminsanminsan

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  9. KULAPITOT
    KULAPITOT

    Hello marge astig blogger na yung template ng comment box mo before kasi lagi ako nagawi sa blog mo nahihirapan ako magcomment hihihi

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  10. KULAPITOT
    KULAPITOT

    Im not good pagdating sa pagpangalan ng food lalo na pag pang class , ndi ako tlga magaling mag memorize ng names pero kaen lang ako ng kaen , wat i loved sa place ay yung elevated ang kainin kembot nila

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  11. swj
    swj

    I thank Marjorie for telling the names of the above Korean foods ( from bulgogi to omuk jolim ).

    1. bulgogi -불고기
    2. rice – bab – 밥
    3. daikon pickle – mujeolim – 무절임
    4. potato salad – gamja muchim – 감자 무침
    5. Korean spinach – spinach salad – sigeumchi muchim – 시금치 무침
    6. seasoned eggplant – eggplant stir-fry – gaji boggeum – 가지 볶음
    7. shredded scallion salad – seaweed stems stir-fry – miyeok julgi boggem – 미역 줄기 볶음
    8. bean sprout salad – kongnamul muchim – 콩나물 무침
    9. kimchi – 김치
    10. omuk jolim – 어묵 조림

    I appreciate Marjorie again.

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  12. ZaiZai
    ZaiZai

    I love Korean food! Has been a while since I ate Korean, your post made me crave for it 🙂 Aliw sa dami ng side dish no? 🙂

    BTW agree kay Michy, effort ang mag review ng Korean resto..ang hirap tandaan ng pangalan ng food e 🙂

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  13. Too Young To Feel This Old
    Too Young To Feel This Old

    That's pretty much all the typical banchan they serve in most Korean restos all over the world, the only exception I didn't see is jeon (kimchi jeon) my favorite. Korean food is pretty good, been eating out at least once a week, I order bi bim bop for the last two years. My grampa kept kimchee in the fridge when we were growing up, I disliked it then. But for the last 5 years I've had a stock of it. It's a good side dish even in combination with Filipino food.

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  14. Marjorie G
    Marjorie G

    Yep Ate Joy, Korean cuisine is the best!

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  15. Marjorie G
    Marjorie G

    Actually I always get mistaken for a Korean, and I really wonder why 'cause my skin is not even that white.

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  16. Marjorie G
    Marjorie G

    Ooh, thanks for letting me know! So that's omuk jo lim. It was really good!

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  17. swj
    swj

    I stumble upon your awesome blog and am thankful that you are enjoying Koreanovelas. The name of your favorite side dish which you mention above is ” omuk jo lim ” ( Korean ) which means a hard-boiled fish cake. ” Omuk ” [ Japanese : かまぼこ ( kamaboko ) ] is a type of fish cake.

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  18. glentot
    glentot

    Some might mistake you for a Korean 🙂

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  19. Joy
    Joy

    Wow! I need to try koren foods too. Seems delicious. I love korean films too:)
    Belated happy birthday to your friend:)

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  20. Marjorie G
    Marjorie G

    Now that you mention it, yeah, they eat lots of veggies.

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  21. Marjorie G
    Marjorie G

    I'm not sure actually, but it's actually meat, I'm just not sure which one.

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  22. michymichymoo
    michymichymoo

    It's always an effort to write a food review for a Korean resto. Kudos! I love Korean food too. I appreciate how healthy they eat. 🙂

    Reply

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