6.207 TEKREM 44 + 45 : Dok + Ok


31 (Fri) July 2015

Fried Chicken


at Dokdo

-Malate, Manila-

with MK and various colleagues

Dokdo is a Korean restaurant — been holding off until I could get MK to accompany me, for the cheap irony of taking a Japanese national to an establishment named after the controversial islets.

TEKREM (Try Every Korean Restaurant in Ermita/Malate).

The Pitch: 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 45 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

> 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.

45 down — DONE.

Wasn’t really supposed to be a meal, just drinks and snacks.
To the restaurant’s credit, 2 full sets of banchan was served.
Haemul Pa Jeon (2.5) — this item seems to have become one of Korea’s most famous foods.

The food was okay.  Whereas restaurants named “Dokdo” tend to serve seafood — typically Japanese in style (see for example 3.094 Tuna Sashimi*), though nobody else seems to recognize the hypocrisy — the Dokdo here offers a wide variety of items, mostly anju.  The fried chicken was excellent, crispy and flavorful, perhaps the best that I’ve tried throughout TEKREM.

** This post introduces IZ to the world.

I’ve been to the actual islands, which I wrote about in my now-defunct camping blog (see generally …Dok-Do Is Our Land…), which I folded soon after the birth of GMTD.

The Play: Officially, the project was launched on 17 December 2014, starting with the 11th establishment.  The remaining 35 took 7.5 months to complete, for an average of 1 establishment per 6.5 days (compared to 10.3 for TEITY and 2.8 for TERRP).  To accelerate completion, 12 restaurants were covered for lunch/snack and featured in double postings, as here; if I hadn’t done so, the 12 restaurants would’ve taken another 78 days to complete at the current pace, projected to end on 17 October.

* * * *

10 (Sun) May 2015

Seolleong Tang


at Gam Mi Ok

-Malate, Manila-


Located in Bellagio Square, a food/bar court.
On weekends, the place is packed with customers drinking beer and listening to live bands.
Gam Mi Ok is a Korean restaurant.

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)
The soup was okay…
…but the rice was unforgivably mushy.

The Payoff: As anticipated, most of the restaurants were kinda crappy.  A few individual items here and there were okay.  At the very least, I’ve determined a handful of places that may be worthy of repeat visits.  The most important outcome, of course, is simply the fact that I finished the project — I am certain that nobody else has ever done anything like it.

2 thoughts on “6.207 TEKREM 44 + 45 : Dok + Ok

  1. like your playing with words, “Dok” and “ok”–ha!

    congrats on another completion of your project…as a big fan of the blog, good fun to see the projects going on. ridiculous but substantial, i would say. look forward to the next one!

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