Monthly Archives: October 2012

Authentic Wonders of the Hidden Resto: Bugkyoung Korean & Chinese Restaurant

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Bugkyoung Korean & Chinese Restaurant, located at Unit 107 Dakota Mansion, 555 Gen. Malvar st., cor. Adriatico, Malate, Manila

Date: October 29, 2012

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LEXY SAYS:

This is my second (I think?) food-venture without Meeks. Oh well, c’est la vie.

And you’re right; it’s one heck of a Korean food tripping once again. Well honestly, this wasn’t really planned. My big sister just invited us (my lil sis and me) because her Korean friend is in town and, well, willing to treat us for lots of grub. Can you imagine: free food at a very unexpected time! Awesome!

Okay, enough chitchat about that. As I’ve observed, Adriatico houses many authentic Korean restos in the metro. You can tell that they’re really owned by Koreans just by looking at the store’s exterior (it’s hard to explain, so if you have time, I suggest you visit the area), and when the resto’s somewhat “original,” rest assured that your taste buds will experience a different kind of satisfaction that you don’t get when you eat in “influenced” ones (you know what I mean).

Bugkyoung Restaurant is somehow unnoticed by most people because of its location and uninviting exterior, but give this place a try and you’ll definitely come back for more.

(Look, there’s even a TV that displays Korean shows and really nice tables that will make you feel like you’re in Korea!)

Before I share my stories, funny thing: I made my sister’s Korean friend jot down the names of the dishes so I can put them here. Good thing I can understand Korean writings, because he wrote them using Korean characters. (O_O) Fortunately, I was able to translate them well, thanks to my self-teaching practice many years ago. 😉

(Clockwise from left: Tangsuyuk, Bibimbap, Galbitang, Mul Mandu, and Japchae Bap)

Now for my palate experience!

Of course, we started with the appetizers. There’s kimchi again, the “sweet little fish” (hahaha), and that yellow one that surprisingly tastes good. I forgot what it’s called, but they’re really delicious. Kinda reminded me of our very own atsara the first time I took a bite, sour with a little kick.

Tangsuyuk (탕수육) – I think this was my favorite dish that night. Tangsuyuk is a sweet and sour pork with vegetables like bell pepper, cucumber, etc. It was a hefty serving, and boy was it really delicious! The tangy taste mixed well with the sweetness of the sauce and tenderness of the pork, and as you go on with every bite, you won’t be able to put down your chopsticks anymore. This dish was just so sinful, I swear I could’ve finished the whole thing!

(Bibimbap once again!)

Bibimbap (비빔밥) – Interesting fact: bibimbap actually means “mix mix rice” (that explains the procedure before eating this stuff). Last time, I also ordered bibimbap during Meeks and I’s visit in Kogi Bulgogi, and that dish was terrific. This one, however, is beyond terrific. Aside from the fact that it’s got seaweeds, this one’s definitely much more authentic. Still served in a ceramic stone pot that kept my dish hot and smoking for the next 30 minutes, this complete meal got me smiling and sighing in every bite. The meat, rice, veggies and other ingredients were mixed very well, giving me that “so much satisfaction” look on my face with every lift of my chopsticks. If not for my hurrying companions, I would’ve finished it.

It’s official: my new favorite Korean dish is bibimbap. 🙂

Galbitang (갈비탕) – this was actually my lil sister’s dish, but I got the chance to taste it. In fairness, this beef bone soup is perfect for those who don’t want to part ways with their Filipino taste buds, for this dish is very much like nilagang baka. Very healthy and apt for rainy days.

Japchae Bap (잡채밥) – Japchae is some sort of a stir fried noodles made from sweet potato noodles (dangmyeon). Honestly, I wasn’t able to savor this dish because it was so spicy (I don’t really eat spicy foods), but I can say that it’s not that bad. I think I recall eating this dish before in Yakimix (not sure), so I believe that if I order Japchae sans the zesty taste next time, I’d surely enjoy it.

Mul Mandu (물만두) – Lastly, we had this dish. Also known as boiled dumplings, mul mandu is usually stuffed with pork and green onions, and–basing on the food’s presentation– topped with black sesame seeds. Each bite of these cute little dumplings is surely a treat to every palate, for they’re really chewy and soft. Dip them in soy sauce and you’re good to go (and when I say go, I mean eat them all)!

After trying all these awesome Korean dishes, my long-due desire to go to Adriatico and eat in another Korean resto just got intense. I wonder why these restos don’t get so much publicity and fame like the others. If we have the luxury of time, I will drag (yes, drag) Meeka in one of the many oriental restaurants in Malate and have that different grub experience once again. 🙂

And oh, prices range from P100-P500!

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SPOON RATING:

FOUR SPOONS! YAY!

“I really enjoyed eating here, and I hope many people will feel the same.” – Lexy

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Just like Zombieland

For the second time, I am running for my life. 😉

Yes, to those who will participate in the “first ever night run in an amusement park” tomorrow, well see you all there! 🙂  I just got  lucky to have this once (twice)-in-a-lifetime opportunity to run in this much-appreciated zombie run, so I won’t miss it for the world.

And oh, don’t forget to drop by the Gala Magazine booth, for sure there will be another free photobooth tomorrow. 😉

See ya!

♥ Lexy

(And yea, if time permits, I will tell you all about my InsuRUNce adventure!)

Heads up, runners!

After our first fitness post about Outbreak BGC comes another running attempt to lose some weight. 🙂  *laughing so hard here*

Once again, my partner couldn’t come to this momentous running event (but we’re hoping to participate in the AVON Run on October 21!). So for my second fitness post as an official blogger (what?), I’ll partake in this InsuRUNce 2012, happening at Bonifacio Global City.
 (Registered!)
See you all there! 🙂
♥ Lexy

 

 

 

Fair Enough to the Buds: KXP (Kulinarya Experience)

KXP: Kulinarya Experience, located at 2/F Robinson’s Place Manila – Midtown Wing, Ermita, Manila (Contact #: 567-2562)

Date: September 7, 2012

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LEXY SAYS:

Wow!

First of all, I want to say that I missed blogging. It’s been a while (judging from the last time Meeks and I went food-tripping) since we’ve updated this blog, and we’re perfectly aware that we’ve sort of made this abandoned. Well, sorry but we’re just human, specifically college students who are in the middle of tough school works and, yes, thesis.

We hope to graduate next year, so we’re really busy. 🙂

ANYWAY, thank goodness I found some time to blog. I really want to share our last food-venture since this is the first time that I’m going to give a rating of “Two Spoons.” (Disclaimer: We repeat that we are not professional food bloggers and our ratings were based on our personal thoughts, so bear with us)

KXP is a newly-opened resto that has only one branch (yes, in Robinson’s Manila) and serves a variety of good dishes such as steaks, pastas, sandwiches, and pizzas. Some of their well-received specialties are the US Top Blade Steak with Red Wine Sauce, Spicy Tofu, Italian Burger Melt Pasta, Fish Steak Au Gratin, and so much more. They also offer combo meals at a very reasonable price.

Sounds good and classy, right?

Well, this time I have to disagree. Maybe I just ordered the wrong food or it was a bad timing, but I can’t blog good things about a meal that I ate that absolutely didn’t make its way to my heart. So, here we go.

(“The Best Roast Beef In Town”)

I originally ordered a Combo Meal (Crispy Pork Cutlets, Php 99.00) because I was having financial problems at that time, but then I saw a poster on the wall about their current specialty. They call it “The Best Roast Beef In Town,” (Php 195.00) and since I was willing to try anything delicious (not minding the price, since I thought it will be worth it), I ordered that. I even chased the waiter and asked if he could change my order. Fortunately, he did. Unfortunately, I didn’t like it.

It was so far from what I’ve expected. The portions were small, but surprisingly enough to fill your ‘hungry-for-lunch’ tummy.  The veggies were good, but the potato chunks tasted old and overcooked, and the roast beef was, well, not the best in town. I was surprised that it tasted so fish-like (sorry, I don’t know the English term for malansa) and bitter. The more I chewed on it, the more I realized that I should have ordered those pork cutlets. I’m not sure if roast beefs are meant to taste that way, but as far as I’m concerned, I didn’t like my first KXP experience.

(My bad, I forgot this pizza’s name)

On the other hand, the pizza that Meeks ordered wasn’t that bad. For a pizza outside of Greenwich, Pizza Hut and the likes, this one fairly hit the right spot. 😉

My first (and definitely not last… I’ll give this place a second chance) visit in KXP was not one of the most cherished, but surely one of the most unforgettable.

And oh, I found this statement in their website: “Diners at KXP will simply enjoy good food in a bright and cheerful atmosphere that is served fast and unbelievably affordable.” Yes, red is a bright and cheerful color motif for the place, but the atmosphere was not like that at all.

(Yes, I also look at the ambiance/crew service, FYI.)

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[MEEKA’S STATEMENT SOON]

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SPOON RATING: 

TWO SPOONS! SATISFACTORY!

“Like what I said, I would like to give this place another chance and order something different next time. Maybe I came across the wrong food at the wrong time.”  Lexy

[MEEKA’S COMMENT SOON]

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