Kung Jeon Palace in Baguio

We saw this on the way to Baguio country club and wanted to try it.

We’re big Korean food fans, we’re still out to try the best of the best when it comes to these places. Korean communities are growing here in the Philippines, and with them comes a great integration of their culture into ours! Still on the road to finding more authentic korean places (like our favorite discovery, Seoul Condo), we’ve decided to try one in Baguio.

Banchan: There were 8 kinds of banchan that day, 2 of which were the new discovery we’ve had and were our favorites. The first was this soft chopped up nor, with some chilli flakes and some secret sauce to soften up the nor. It was pretty interesting! The second one was the chopped up chili with bean paste. This was delicious. And it went so well with beer.

They have the stinky soup! Chungkukjang soup smells just rotten. It has fermented bean paste and tofu. it’s a lot like blue cheese, the smellier the better. Lots of fermentation going on there to the point that it was bordering on bitter and slightly alcoholic. But there was something comforting about this. Something so horrible smelling was so good with rice. But I needed about 5 breath mints and 3 gargles to get this one out of my mouth.

Chajang noodles. These were handmade noodles with a meaty, demiglace like sauce. It was subtle, with a good meaty flavor and the egg on top just gave it a fabulous rounded out flavor. This was my first time to taste something like this and i liked it a lot.

China wanted to have the sashimi. But as expected, for something that travelled all the way inland and up the mountains, it came frozen, and we didn’t like it so much.

Kalbi Gui was the perfect balance of sweet salty and sour. But my brother said it was the wrong cut of meat. Still it was pretty tasty.

Kinchi Jiige was good, because this place had good kinchi! Kimchi jige here is a kimchi soup, with a little tofu. Almost too vegetarian but since the base (kimchi) tasted good and authentic, the soup tasted great as well.

Samgyupsal was as you would expect it to be. It is simply a grilled pork served with the oily dipping sauce. They only had 3 kinds of lettuce, garlic and chili in their vegetable platter. I guess no one plants the Ketnip leaf around here.

Portions were relatively smaller. I can say that it was as if we ate in Manila because of the prices vs. portion, but it was well worth it considering the quality and the new discoveries we had.

Some more pictures down here. πŸ™‚

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14 Comments

  1. I’m not a fan of korean foods, really. But I appreciate how creative they are when it comes to the styling and preparation of their food.

  2. it’s been 10 years since i was in the philippines. it looks like the country has become a great food town since then offering more diverse cuisine to please the palate. it shouldn’t come as a surprise, though. traditionally, filipinos love to eat. πŸ™‚

    by the way, have you tried any vegetarian restaurant? Is there one you can recommend?

  3. Good old Bodhi in Banawe is an Asian-Vegetarian restaurant. It’s pretty good! πŸ™‚

  4. rob:

    in most cases, i observe presentation is key. a case in point, my meat-loving caucasian friends can’t stand the sight of a whole lechon or the eyes of the fish staring them from the tray. it makes them lose their appetites. πŸ™‚

    giannina:

    there’s bodhi in san francisco, too. i wonder if they are connected.

  5. Maybe not heheh. The place looks like it’s wholly only for the Philippines heheh.

  6. Well, Kinchi Jiige was good, because this place had good kinchi! Kimchi jige here is a kimchi soup, with a little tofu.

  7. Wow, i observe presentation is key. a case in point, my meat-loving caucasian friends can’t stand the sight of a whole lechon or the eyes of the fish staring them from the tray. thanx for sharing.

  8. Wow! these pictures are soo beautiful. Yummy!

  9. The Soup and kimchi jiige are looking delicious. I will try this. Thanks for the beautiful sharing.

  10. It looks like the country has become a great food town since then offering more diverse cuisine to please the palate.

  11. Baguio is a cool place! I was there in Kung Jeon when I was visiting “Hagdang Palayang” tourist spot.

  12. Brittany

    My family like stinky soup too much, but I don’t like it. Anyways, nice pictures!

  13. nikki astudillo

    love the food and the service…specially the kalbi gui and the pickled radish..great service..keep it up….

  14. Allison Clark

    Filipino foods are really really awesome. They are a must try. I wish I could have a Filipino cook at my home and cook me Filipino dish every single day.

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