2 (Mon) March 2015
at Jang Chung Dong
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 post—-the second post to feature a meal that hasn’t yet occurred on the blog’s official timeline–covers two restaurants, different dates, one for dinner, the other for lunch. I will do this whenever possible to accelerate the completion of TEKREM.
The only thing that the two restaurants have in common is that their names both happen to include “Chung” in the English spellings, even though each is pronounced differently when read in Korean: the first as “choong,” the other as “chung.”
20 and 21 down, 19 to go.
The following tiers (“Would I go back for more?”) 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
- (21) Chung Ki Wa (6.056 Cabbage Hangover Soup) / 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
- (20) Jang Chung Dong (6.056 Ojingeo Bokum) / 2.5
- (15) Jung (6.029 Steamed Egg) / 3.25
- (9) Sinsun Seollong Tang (5.328 Seollong Tang) / 2.0
- (7) Bonchon (5.242 Soy Garlic Chicken) / 3.25
- (18) Seokchon (6.050 Chamcha Myun) / 2.5
- (19) Kim’s Jjamppong Food (6.050 Jjam Ja Myun) / 2.5
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
- (16) Jong Lo (6.034 Sundubu Jjigae) / 2.25
- (17) Ulkeun (6.035 Ulkeun Chicken Gizzaed) / 1.0
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
Jang Chung Dong is a Korean restaurant. According to the signage, it would claim to specialize in jokbal (pig’s feet). The name refers to a neighborhood in Seoul, nearby Dongdaemun, which has a string of popular jokbal restaurants. In addition, the menu includes the typical range of standards. Located on Malvar, corner of Bocobo.
Given the opportunity to expand my culinary horizons, I should’ve tried something different–like pig’s feet, which I’ve only tasted once in my life, by accident–but TL wasn’t in the mood to experiment, so we stuck to the standards.
The Ojingeo Bokum was okay. Reasonably fresh squid, well-balanced flavors, though nothing particularly outstanding. The only complaint would be that the portion was too big and too pricy–700 pesos (about $18) would be expensive even in Korea.
7 (Sat) Mar 2015
Cabbage Hangover Soup
at Chung Ki Wa
Chung Ki Wa is a Korean restaurant. Mainstream fare across the board. Located on Mabini, a block south of Alonzo.
Not expecting much, I went there on my own for lunch.
The Cabbage Hangover Soup (see for example 3.214 Ugeoji Tang) was excellent. Whereas soups like this tend to be best at specialty establishments that do nothing but, because of the time/effort/expertise required, the one here was made upon order and yet suspiciously good–maybe prepared in large batches and frozen in individual portions? loads of MSG?–rich bean paste broth with deep beef flavor, appropriately spicy. A tad salty, but okay with rice. Even the slices of beef were tender and delicious. Good stuff. Makes me want to go back to try other items.
The masochistically gluttonous “Try Every” series: (i) TERRP (…Restaurant in Robinsons Place) (see completed 5.247 TERRP 85 KFC : Original Recipe Fried Chicken…); (ii) TEITY (..Item at Tao Yuan) (see most recently 6.031 Fried Fish Skin); (iii) TERNWPPD (…Restaurant in New World, Pan-Pacific, Diamond) (see most recently 6.046 Pan-Fried Egg Bean Curd…); (iv) TERSK (…Restaurant in St Kilda) (see completed 5.339 Roasted Squid); (v) TEKREM (…Korean Restaurant in Ermita/Malate) (see most recently 6.035 Ulkeun Chicken Gizzaed); (vi) TEIBR (…Item at Bistro Remedios) (see most recently 6.014 Kare Karentang Butot Baka).