21 (Wed) January 2015
with MK, TL, CS
TEKREM (Try Every Korean Restaurant in Ermita/Malate).
So long as I’m currently living in Ermita/Malate, a pair of neighborhoods that together constitute central Manila’s closest thing to a Koreatown, and while GMTD was never intended to be a Korean food blog but kinda is, I may as well attempt to eat at all the Korean eateries in the area, including those serving Korean-Chinese fare, and review them here. Currently 40 known establishments. Though doubting the discovery of any gems–in fact, I anticipate that most of the places will be similarly mediocre–the project should be interesting, if only in giving me a reason to get out and explore more of my environment.
This is 14th restaurant covered. 26 to go.
The following tiers relate to the overall dining experience, including all the dishes sampled, cost, ambiance, cleanliness, and any other factors that may apply, cumulative through multiple visits (if any).
Tier 1 (looking forward to return visit):
- (14) Jinsiang (6.016 Nakji Jjajmbbong) / 3.5
- (13) Jeonju (6.010 Jeonju Bibimbap) / 3.0
Tier 2 (okay, but not enthusiastically):
- (11) Myung Ga (5.346 Deep-Fried Okdom) / 2.5
- (2) Royal (5.123 Knee for Ki) / 3.5
- (9) Sinsun Seollong Tang (5.328 Seollong Tang) / 2.0
- (7) Bonchon (5.242 Soy Garlic Chicken) / 3.25
Tier 3 (only under dire circumstances):
- (6) Korean Palace (5.205 Haemul Pa Jeon) / 1.75
- (8) Hanchon Seolloong Tang* (5.251 Modeum Suyuk) / 3.0
- (5) Bug Gyoung (5.189 Gganpung Gi) / 1.25
- (12) Sinsun (6.003 Yukgyejang) / 2.0
- (3) Neoguri (5.141 Pa Dak) / 3.25
Tier 4 (to be avoided no matter what):
- (1) Maru* (5.030 Ggot Deung Sim…) / 1.0
- (4) Kim N’ Chi (5.163 Bibimbab) / 1.0
- (10) Go! Kizip (5.343 Cham Pong Myun) / 1.0
*no longer in business
The masochistically gluttonous “Try Every” series: (i) TERRP (Try Every Restaurant in Robinsons Place) (see generally 5.247 TERRP 85 KFC : Original Recipe Fried Chicken…); (ii) TEITY (Try Every Item at Tao Yuan) (in process) (see most recently 6.009 Awful); (iii) TERNWPPD* (Try Every Restaurant in New World Manila Bay Hotel, Pan-Pacific Manila, and Diamond Hotel Philippines) (in process) (see most recently 6.015 Jou Nigiri Sushi Moriawase); (iv) TERSK (Try Every Restaurant in St Kilda) (see 5.339 Roasted Squid); (v) TEKREM (Try Every Korean Restaurant in Ermita/Malate) (in process) (see most recently 6.010 Jeonju Bibimbap); (vi) TEIBR (Try Every Item at Bistro Remedios) (in process) (see most recently 6.014 Kare Karentang Butot Baka).
Jinsiang is a Korean-Chinese restaurant. Specializes in Chinese cuisine as found in Korea (see generally 3.198 Stir-Fried Shrimp & Tofu Skins). Open 1100-0500 hours. Delivers. The only drawback is that smoking is permitted, which is never a good thing, but particularly worse in such a small place. Located in Malate Bayview Mansion, first floor, inside the building (not visible from the street).
This was my 4th visit, previously for late-night snacks, first time for dinner proper.
The food was quite good. I keep coming back for the jjambbong, loaded with toothsome chunks fresh veg and seafood (e.g., nakji = octopus), rich and reasonably spicy broth, ranks with the best that I’ve had anywhere in Korea. The main dishes sampled thus far, including the yangjangpi tonight, have been solid. Everyone seemed to enjoy the food, maybe, but they seemed kinda puzzled, wondering how any of it could be considered Chinese.
This stands as the place to beat for Korean-Chinese cuisine in the city.