5 (Tue) February 2019
(2 of) 4 Flavours
at Jin Joo
-SM Aura, BGC-
with (W and) the Boyz
The plan had been to eat at a Chinese restaurant – in the Philippines, lunar new year is Chinese New Year. But Chinese culture being extremely popular/mainstream here, both Chinese restaurants in the mall were packed, throngs of would-be customers waiting to get it. Beyond the lines, the bigger problem would be the overwhelmed kitchens – would’ve been 9pm before we got a bowl of soup.
The meat – samgyeopsal in various fusion marinades – was hit and miss. The Hoisin (1.75) – Chinese! – was okayish, similar to a Korean bulgogi but jammier. The Pesto (1.5) – Italian, again – was just weird. The Honey Lemon Sriracha (2.5) – Thai? – was the best of the bunch, a bit spicy, a bit sweet, the most natural fit for the pork belly. The Cajun (2.5) – American? – was also okay, the dry rub imparting a slight kick. Average = 2.06 – just above average.
Probably won’t be a second visit, but wouldn’t object if I had to go, though I would go for the traditional, non-marinated cuts.
We have memberships at a kids’ hair salon in the mall: PHP 3,000 for 1 year of unlimited visits. If we’re eating dinner at SM Aura on a weekday, it’s likely because the boys need haircuts.
I don’t recall ever seeing fortune cookies outside of Chinese restaurants in the States. I also don’t recall ever seeing fortune cookies for sale, like in a grocery stare, anywhere.
Long story short: W and I got into a fight – she started it, but I might’ve overreacted in my response – right as I started cooking Hoisin and Pesto. She stormed off. The boys and I finished what was on the table. We took Honey Lemon Sriracha and Cajun home. I cooked Honey Lemon Sriracha and Cajun for W. She ate them.