Gimbap & kimchis

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Saturday, March 8, 2014


WE WERE going to try out this small seafood restaurant along Cabaguio Street when Miggy suggested a Korean restaurant in the Phoenix center in Lanang (at the corner of J.P. Laurel Avenue and Arroyo Street).

It just happens that Korean is among a few cuisines that can easily distract me, and so the small restaurant was forgotten and we headed for Lanang instead.

The name is Jeoung Ga Ne Korean Restaurant, just look for the one with a blue backlight in its sign, among the row of restaurants that includes Jickong’s, Hagar’s, and Business Class.

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There was a tempting spread except that at P1,000, it is definitely not for two people.

Instead we got the Gimbap (Korean rolls), because Miggy said she’s happy with that, Galchi Gui Baek Ban (roasted hairtail with rice that goes with nine appetizers (kimchi and others), and Du Bu Kim Chi (fried kimchi with steamed bean curd). We racked up a bill that was also close to a thousand, and thus made me wonder how we would have fared with what I saw first.

Dining outside when we arrived was Joy and her daughter and friend with two Sharpei dogs, and yes, a recommendation for a beef ribs stuff. It’s good she said. I’d try that next time. I can’t get meat with just Miggy in tow since Miggy’s a vegetarian and I can’t imagine eating a full serving of beef ribs.

We loved the fish (Galchi Gui Baek Ban). It was better without the sauce that came with it. Although the sauce does add flavor, but the fish was sooo good, we just munched on it, plain. Actually, it was just fried swordfish, but it was very fresh. Just keep a keen eye out for those menacing-looking fishbones.

The Du Bu Kim Chi was bigger than I expected. The fried kimchi has slices of pork belly in it, so vegetarians, just eat the tofu.
The Gim-bap is good.

It’s worth a visit if you’re into Korean food and are in that part of town.

The place looks quite busy for a Thursday night, business must be very good in that new party site.

Total for the food was P880, plus soft drinks, it was just a little over P900. But it was definitely food that can easily feed one or two more, except that on that night, there were just two of us. Burp.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on March 09, 2014.

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