Let me fill your appetite for all things Korean this year haha. This post is all about food and Jang Ga Nae - the newest of my three frequented Korean restaurants in Manila. This was only my second time to go there and I'm sure I'll be back for more haha. I'm including it in my list of Guiltless Restaurant Picks in Manila, alongside Ye Dang Korean Restaurant in Ortigas hehe. You can read about why I feature different cuisines in this blog in that post or you can read my South Korea series to get you in the mood for Korean. As you scroll down, I hope to take you with me on this journey without the added pounds hahaha. You only have to go to Ortigas to get a taste of South Korea =)
Appetizers / Freebies
I like the salad with vinaigrette the most. You can ask for a refill. There were 2 types of kimchi - I forgot to cook the cabbage one on the grill =(
This is a watered-down kimchi pancake.
Even soup is free haha. This is like a mix of duenjang chigae and jjampong - tastes just a bit spicy but after you eat the more spicy dishes, this one is mild and a welcome break hehe.
Stay away from this. Very hot charcoal there but it will cook the meat =) Ask to extinguish after cooking so that you don't burn the rest that you will eat slowly.
We had beef galore and this was one of the four we ordered - Galbi Jim (beef short ribs).
For soup - Galbi Tang (beef ribs soup) - I don't like this one but you may want to try it. It tastes completely different from the sweet dish we know above.
For the grilled, we ordered Woo Sam Gyup (beef belly, left) and Chadol (beef sirloin strips).
The waitress will cook for you and she will use the grill in front of you if you order 2 or more grilled dishes. If you order one only, they will cook it inside. I would recommend ordering 2. (We eat Chadol in my other favorite Korean restaurant across Ye Dang for P199 per plate).
You can eat when both sides are brown. Don't let Chadol cook until crispy or else it will be hard and feels like you're just eating bacon hahaha.
I like the Woo Sam Gyup better for this restaurant.
Of course I ordered Teokbokki!
This is Jang Ga Nae at 7 p.m. on a weekday! It's easier to get seats if you come with 4 people or less. There were no lines yet when we came around 6:20 p.m. but soon people just kept on coming.
Here's the tab and you'll see the range of dishes we ordered are from P150 to P350. I think 3-4 dishes are enough for 4 people haha.
As if all that wasn't enough, we went over to Milky Way Tea nearby and got some chewy Mochi Waffles! This one is topped with blueberries, cream and yoghurt.
Jang Ga Nae Korean Restaurant (formerly Minato) - Ortigas
G/F 8137 Plaza. St. Josemarie Escriva Drive,
San Antonio, Pasig (in front of UA&P)
Jang Ga Nae Facebook
Jang Ga Nae Korean Restaurant - Paranaque
237 Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes, Paranaque
Milky Way Tea
G/F Fern Corp Center, Escriva Drive,
Ortigas Center, Manila
Open Mondays to Fridays 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturdays to Sundays 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Milky Way Tea Facebook
How about you? Do you have any favorite Korean joints in your city? Thumbs up or thumbs suck? What's your favorite that you order again and again? If you haven't tried Korean food, which would you try first and why? =) Please feel free to tell me all about it below!