6.098 TEKREM 29 : Ganjang Gejang

6.098

13 (Mon) April 2015

Ganjang Gejang

1.0

at KP2

-Malate, Manila-

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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 41 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.

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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):

Tier 2 (okay, but not enthusiastically):

Tier 3 (only under dire circumstances):

Tier 4 (to be avoided no matter what):

^ no longer in business

! an emerging theme, not-so-surprising, is that the restaurants with on-site Korean management tend to demonstrate closer authenticity, though not necessarily higher quality

29 down, 12 to go.

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KP2 is a Korean restaurant.

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 6.055 The Penultimate); (iii) TERNWPPD (…Restaurant in New World, Pan-Pacific, Diamond) (see completed 6.081 Lobster, Baby.); (iv) TERSK (…Restaurant in St Kilda) (see completed 5.339 Roasted Squid); (v) TEKREM (…Korean Restaurant in Ermita/Malate) (see most recently 6.079 Chosun Set); (vi) TEIBR (…Item at Bistro Remedios) (see most recently 6.070 Chicken and Pork Adobo).

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Any other item on this menu–except the yang nyum (seasoned) version of the same dish–I could accept being served without rice.

Although I’ve generally sworn off ganjang gejang, I ordered it here because of the novelty in seeing such a specialty item in the Philippines.  And given the delicate nature of the dish, which is why it’s so rare, even in Korea, I was kinda hoping for a spectacular disaster, which would’ve been fun to write about.

Well, sorry to say, the crab was just moderately crappy.  Too salty, no crab flavor, but at least it wasn’t fishy.

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However, the rice did become an issue.  I hadn’t ordered any rice, but a bowl had c0me with the rest of the food, including a spread of sides and soup, so I’d eaten it, assuming everything to be a package deal–a safe assumption, as ganjang gejang is impossible to eat without rice, being so salty from the soy sauce.  So, when the bill later showed an additional charge of 50 pesos (around $1.2) for the rice, I complained.  Although I would’ve ordered rice anyway, I was offended by what seemed like a scam, if a minor one.  The owner–one of those Korean women who snaps her chewing gum–defended the act by claiming : (a) that’s what they’ve always done and (b) nobody else has ever objected.  Bullshit.  I wished her luck getting rich by grifting customers for 50 pesos a pop.   I would’ve just paid 400 and walked out, but I only had a 500 bill.

5 thoughts on “6.098 TEKREM 29 : Ganjang Gejang

  1. ganjang gejang is so hard to get here. the picture looks great. too bad it was moderately crappy.

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