Eating Korean Food In The Philippines

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A new Korean restaurant opened at Golden Field in Bacolod and the name is Hanok. I have been hearing a lot of talk about how great the Korean food is at Hanok. Of course, if you already know you do not like Korean food, no need to go there, as that is all they serve. Some of the dishes, you can cook at your table. There are many dishes that are prepared in their kitchen by an actual chef, so you do not have to cook!

A friend contacted me and told me that there is a Korean owner and a Korean chef at Hanok and he knows I know Korean food very well. I ate Korean and Thai food 4 or 5 times each week when I lived in Ft Walton Beach, Florida. A Korean friend owned my favorite restaurant/watering hole/karaoke bar in the Florida Panhandle. Mary Esther, Florida.

Korean Dining Experience

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Four of us dined at Hanok last evening and even our 11 year old son raved about their food! We could not eat all the food, of course, as each dish is for 3-4 people, depending on appetites. It is about social, getting together, ordering 4 or 5 dishes, sharing and having a few drinks. We ordered 5 dishes, a pitcher of house blend cold tea without ice and a couple of beers for my friend and I. My wife and I were the only ones who could use chopsticks and Korean chopsticks are normally metal, not wooden. Do not worry, as they have regular eating utensils as well at Hanok. The fare was exactly P1500 and we had a ton of leftovers to bring home.

For brunch today, I had leftover Korean Green Onion Pancakes and Cheese Egg Rolls. These egg rolls are not like Filipino Lumpia or Chinese Egg Rolls. No, no, no. They are actually eggs, rolled up and stuffed with wonderful cheese.

Finding an Excellent Korean Restaurant

I will be the first to tell you, finding an excellent Korean restaurant in Bacolod and even in Cebu is hit or miss. Mostly Miss from my experience. I have eaten at 2 different Korean restaurants in Cebu City and both were not good at all. Not authentic. Hanok is the only authentic Korean restaurant we have found in Bacolod. The only one!

A good tip for ya. See which restaurant has many Korean patrons eating there. If they eat in a Korean restaurant that is crap, they will not go back again. If you find a Korean restaurant with many Korean patrons, I think you have found the gem. Word of mouth spreads. “Don’t go to _____(fill in the blank.) No good!”

Last evening, there were two lovely young Korean ladies dining there and each had a full bottle of Soju. They are a better man than I am if they can drink a bottle of Soju! Perhaps they were drinking the 18% ABV Soju? I have only tried the 45% ABV Soju in the past and I already knew if I messed around drinking much of it, it would knock my socks off! I found it to be a hard drink.

No thanks! Just give me an ice cold OB, a Korean Beer. There is a joke that OB is Oriental Budweiser Beer. It is good beer.

I had not eaten an authentic Korean Green Onion Pancake since 1995. I am very happy I found them again at Hanok.

If you want to enjoy excellent authentic Korean Cuisine in Bacolod City, I highly recommend Hanok in Golden Field.

I hope to see you one day, somewhere…all around Bacolod.

Your Amigo,

~ Gary ~

Gangnam Style-Bacolod Style

The Korean Wave is popular in Bacolod City. We can watch Korean TV shows on ABS-CBN TV but the language is in Tagalog. There are many Korean students and Korean business owners in our city. New Korean restaurants open up almost monthly. Pizzaro is a pizzeria located in Goldenfield, Bacolod, which also has Korean food on their menu. There are a number of small Korean grocery stores in the city. SM Supermarket has one half aisle of Korean food products.

One of my favorite restaurants in Ft Walton Beach, Florida was The Seoul House. Gina’s Place was another good Korean Restaurant. Korean owned and manged. They both had great Korean food that was the Real Deal! They did not pull punches and they served Korean food that was not catered or changed for anyone. Korean food is what you ordered and Korean food is what you got! Yes, it is spicy and it is hot. I really enjoy good kimchi and it is available all around Bacolod. It would be nice to find the ultimate real deal Korean Restaurant in Bacolod City. It is still elusive at this point. Help?

This was a great program put on by students at a local school. Gangnam Style-Bacolod Style!

Gangnam Style-Bacolod Style

 

This wasn’t exactly a Gangnam Style flash mob, but still a great performance. Parents, students, teachers and others in attendance were doing the Gangnam style at their seats, as others were standing in the background. With hands on my hips, even I can break out into the leg kicking Gangnam style routine. I was riding horses back in rural Alabama when I was still a teenager, so that is the easy part. Oppa is just my style.