I’m still on a Korean food roll so I suggested we eat at Korea Garden restaurant, one of the oldest and most well loved Korean restaurants in Manila. I haven’t eaten there in years so I hoped it was still as good as before.
The simple interiors haven’t changed at all. The one thing missing from this restaurant is the option to cook your food on the table. They don’t have table top grills like most Korean restaurants.
These are my ‘on call’ at anytime to eat friends. Just one text and they’re ready to run to the restaurant. Planning dinners with this bunch is a breeze.
dried anchovies (dilis)
The seafood pajon was crispy and yummy.
chap chae P280
I forgot to tell the waiter not to add the hot sauce when he mixed up the rice mixture. As a result it was too spicy for me to eat. It looked good though.
My favorite dish was the squid bulgogi. It was incredibly soft and very, very flavorful.
squid bulgogi P290
Even if the meat wasn’t grilled at our table it was all delicious. The servings were a bit small though.
combination of chicken P280 and beef bulgogi 295
so kalbi kui (beef ribs) P330
kalbi chim (beef stew) P310
Since we weren’t satisfied with the free pineapple for dessert we trooped to Deb’s house for Mrs. Yulo’s turtle pie. This is one of our favorite desserts.
The super decadent turtle pie was made with a thick chocolate cookie crust topped with a layer of luscious caramel and walnuts and finished with a thick chocolate filling. It wasn’t cloyingly sweet as you would expect but the smooth caramel was just the right complement to the dark rich chocolate flavor from the filling and cookie crust.
Korea Garden Restaurant Menu
peculiar dishes, rice, specialties, bulgogi, soup, noodles, vegetarian
Korea Garden Restaurant
128 Jupiter St., Bel-Air 2
telephone: 895-5443, 896-4361
Mrs. Yulo’s Turtle Pie
19 Kawayan St. North Forbes, Makati City
telephone: 810-80-78 or 812-49-61