The Kimstaurant Experience
안녕! 잘 지내니? 내 이름은 캣캣이야. 그리고 이건 한국관에서의 내 모든 경험에 대한 블 록그 포스트야!
We walked under the heat of the 4 PM sun from West Negros to Mayfair and waited for about an hour all for the love of this restaurant! Well yea, we got lost at first because we got off the jeepney in Burgos instead of Lacson (that explains the walking) and the restaurant was still closed when we arrived there (that explains the waiting). And every effort we made was all worth it!
Meet my dates! hehehehe.. Actually, I just barged in their dinner date and as their teacher they can’t turn me down *evil laugh*…. Sorry Tom and Jerry!
How I love the way they presented their menu. It’s very cute and scrapbook-like. The menu is written both in hangul and in English alphabets, plus there is a description for each food.
Like any other Korean restaurants, they offered us side dishes. I’m not familiar with the names of these side dishes (except for kimchi which is a staple side dish to every Korean meal. That’s kimchi right there on the bottom left picture.) but I can assure you that they were all delicious. I’m not a fan of veggies so these set of side dishes made me happy. I love the one on top, which is actually egg and some veggies. The bottom right one is made of fish cake (I think, heheheh).
I’ve drank soju a lot of times already. My first taste of soju was way back 2006 when I was still a university student. Some Korean friends made me try it and ended up actually liking it. No hang-0ver for me (although I am not sure if it’s just me or soju doesnt really give you hang-over). And this year, I finally get to meet the infamous maekgolli, the Korean rice wine. It is made by fermenting a mixture of boiled rice, wheat and water, and alcohol. I’m not sure what’s the alcohol content of this one. If soju is clear like vodka, this one looks like milk because of it’s off-white color. Another difference is that, this one needs to be stirred or shaken before consuming because the white portion tends to settle to the bottom (and when that happens, it doesn’t taste good! >__<)
And so our order came… YAY!!!!
So we had Spicy Galbijim. And it was delish! Ahhhhhh!! I’m actually craving for one while writing this! This isnt my first time to try Galbijim. My first was with my friend Risha, Lloyd, and Rish’s sister. At that time, Yakiniku Kimstaurant’s name was still Han Guk Wan. I cant remember anymore if we ordered the spicy one or the plain one. All I can remember is that we ate with so much gusto and I ordered another cup of rice. hahahaha. From then on, galbijim became one of my fave Korean food.
The only Jjamppong I tasted before was Lucky Me’s Supreme Jjamppong. I somehow liked it, but when I tasted this one… I changed my mind. Hahahahah. Seriously though, when you tried the “real” Jjamppong, you’ll be disappointed with the instant version. (I say “real” because most of my students said that most Korean restaurants here in Bacolod serve Korean food that taste less authentic). Jjamppong is actually a traditional Chinese cuisine. It is a spicy seafood noodle soup. I’ve read an article before that a bowl of jjamppong contains all the nutrients we need for a wholesome, nourishing, and well balanced meal. It’s ingredients include shrimp, mussels, squid, and some veggies. Be warned though, this is really spicy. And you need to eat this as fast as you could because as time passes, the noodles absorb the soup.
Another Korean-Chinese dish is the Tang Soo Yuk. This is the Korean version of sweet and sour pork, though this one could be made with either pork or beef. I would recommend this to those who can’t eat spicy food and for those who want to try a Korean dish for the first time. Yum!
Three happy bellies! I couldnt thank Tom and Jerry enough for allowing me to join their date. Days before this dinner date happened, I was actually craving for Korean food. I guess I became more daring in trying other Asian dishes when I became an English tutor. So far, I have many things on the fave list and so many things to try and look forward to. Korean dishes are very delicious, well most of them. And I guess I’m lucky that I can handle the spiciness of their food. Oh! And as I’ve mentioned before, I’m no veggie lover but every time I eat a Korean dish, I don’t mind if it’s veggie or not. There’s magic in it! hahhaha
We left the restaurant around 8 PM. The owner bid us goodbye. As I went out, this painting caught my attention again. I am in love with this painting for some reasons. So before we stepped out, I took a snap of it. There were many other paintings inside the restaurant but this one is my favorite. I believe that they are also selling these paintings. I wish I could get hold of this one, but I think my pockets disagree.
Nothing beats a fun-filled happy belly adventure to end the day. Again, thank you so much Tom and Jerry for allowing me to join your date. I really had fun with you guys. Looking forward in doing this again with you guys soon!! 🙂
2nd Floor of Mayfair Plaza, Lacson Street, Bacolod City
Opens: 11 am to 2 pm and 5 pm till closed
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