Bibimbap and Soju Night at Seoul Garden
My Rating: ★★★★★
Late last year we went Seoul-searching and dined at Seoul Garden Korean restaurant. I challenged myself to try their bibimbap instead of always keeping it safe with spicy noodles. If I’m not mistaken, it is the third Korean restaurant I’ve been to because I’m not much of a fan of Korean cuisine. In fact I hate the smell and taste of their popular dish, kimchi.
We weren’t in the mood for a barbecue-and-hotpot buffet style so we chose from the a la carte menu. Ray got himself the Beef Bulgogi Bibimbap set and I ordered Seafood Bibimbap. “Bibimbap” (pronounced as “pibimpap“) means “mixed rice“. White rice is traditionally served with sauteed veggies, chili paste, topped with raw egg, then mixed together in a hot bowl before eating.
Beef Bulgogi Bibimbap (PhP 179). Marinated beef strips with vegetables on the side and chili pepper paste. He told me that the meal tastes better when mixed.
Seafood Bulgogi Bibimbap (PhP 179). It’s a colorful medley of seafood and vegetables – clams, shrimps, crab sticks, stir-fried beansprouts, and kimchi. The aroma is appetizing.
A bibimbap set includes soup, chili sauce, and dessert. My meal was a flavor carousel of sourness, spiciness, and a bit of sweetness.
It was one of my exciting food trips. The whole dish was strong and flavorful, it awakened my sleeping taste buds. I only wished I had more to fill up my entire tummy. The serving size won’t satisfy a pregnant woman with a large appetite.
Hubby got himself a bottle of Chum-Churum Soju by Lotte Liquor, a softer version of alcohol. “Chum-churum” means “like the first time“. It was supposed to be my first time to experience the drink but I’m pregnant so I had to pass it up.
To cap off the night, we had refreshing desserts – watermelon slices and vanilla ice cream.
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