22 (Mon) June 2015
at Sin ChuKuMi
-Malate, Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines-
Try Every Korean Restaurant in Ermita and Malate (36) (see all posts on TEKREM)
Surveying the Korean eateries, including those serving Korean-Chinese fare, located in the neighborhoods of Ermita and Malate, nearby work and home. Minimum of 1 dish per place. Currently 45 establishments. Though anticipating that most of the places will be mediocre, I look forward to exploring more of my environment.
Sin ChuKuMi is a Korean restaurant. Specializes in spicy stir-fried octopus.
Whereas the vast majority of Korean restaurants outside of Korea try to cover everything, this place actually specializes in a single dish.
The food was okayish. Both the mini octopus (jjuggumi = “chukumi” = “chu”) and pork belly (samgyeopsal = “sam”), as well as the bean sprouts and cabbage, were reasonably fresh and tasty per se. However, the sauce was so spicy that the fumes made me wince. I had to rinse every bite thoroughly in water before putting it in my mouth, leaving it largely flavorless, but still too spicy, which accounts for the low rating. I should note that “sin” = “spicy.” If they offered a less spicy version, I might consider a repeat visit, especially for those rice balls. Oh well.
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4 (Mon) May 2015
from Jo-Bang Nakgi
in my apartment
-Ermita, Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines-
Try Every Korean Restaurant in Ermita and Malate (37) (see all posts on TEKREM)
This post covers two restaurants, same dish, different dates. I will do this more often to accelerate the completion of TEKREM.
Jo-Bang Nakgi is a Korean restaurant. Specializes in spicy stir-fried octopus.
The food, meh. Though rated marginally higher than above, only because the heat level was relatively tolerable, I found the dish to be entirely forgettable. Whatever.
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