6.175 TEKREM 38 + 39 : The General vs The Boss


29 (Mon) June 2015

Agu Jjim


from Hwang Janggun [takeout]

in my new apartment

-Malate, Manila-


Hwang Janggun is a Korean restaurant.
“janggun” = “general” + “hwang” = likely a reference to someone’s name

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 43 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.

Specializes in spicy seafood dishes.

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).

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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

> new restaurant, opened after TEKREM began

! 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

39 down, 4 to go.

Banchan (1.0) — the green namul was a bit off.


The agu jjim was meh.  The fish itself was reasonably fresh.  But the sauce was too spicy, too sweet.  Could’ve done with more bean sprouts. Whatever.

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11 (Sat) April 2015

Old Traditional Yukgaejang


at Yuk Daejang

-Malate, Manila-


Located along Remedios Circle…
Yuk Daejang is a Korean restaurant chain, based in Korea, this Malate branch one of the newest Korean joints in town — the name presumably means “meat (yuk) boss/leader (daejang)”

The masochistically gluttonous “Try Every” series :

  1. TERRP (…Restaurant in Robinsons Place) (see completed 5.247 TERRP 85 KFC : Original Recipe Fried Chicken…)
  2. TEITY (..Item at Tao Yuan) (see completed 6.095 DONE)
  3. TERNWPPD (…Restaurant in New World, Pan-Pacific, Diamond) (see completed 6.081 Lobster, Baby.)
  4. TERSK (…Restaurant in St Kilda) (see completed 5.339 Roasted Squid)
  5. TEKREM (…Korean Restaurant in Ermita/Malate) (see most recently 6.168 Battle Octopus)
  6. TEIBR (…Item at Bistro Remedios) (see most recently 6.161 Manggang Hilaw at Bagoong)
  7. TETRITSA (…Thai Restaurant in the International Terminal of Suvarnabhumi Airport) (see most recently 6.069 Spicy Stir-Fried Shrimp & Seafood with Basil)
Refreshingly limited menu offering just a few specialties, including yukgaejang, mandu, and bossam.

This is the 9th post to cover two restaurants from different dates — nearly three months apart — one for dinner, the other for lunch.  I will do this whenever possible to accelerate the completion of TEKREM.

Banchan (3.0) — just a few basics, done well.
Yukgaejang (2.5)

While the yukgaejang wasn’t particularly good, I’m curious to try some of the other dishes.

The facilities are immaculate, despite what the building exterior may suggest.

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