For the past years, more and more Koreans have been calling Philippines their new home. From exclusive villages, schools, and malls, I see Korean nationals almost every day. As a result to this, Korean stores suddenly are popping up left and right. Korean restaurants are rapidly growing in Manila. Even Korean instant noodles can be found in our local convenient stores.
With these growing, I finally asked myself: what is it about Korean food that some people like and some people don’t? I have been hesitant in trying out Korean food, and I think it’s because most of their dishes are spicy (which I’m not really a fan of). But when I tasted it finally, I found out it’s not that spicy after all! That is when I fell in love with Korean cuisine.
We visited Yoree recently, an authentic Korean restaurant. Brought by AGC–Amado Group of Companies, it was under Dining Story LTD., Seoul Korea, before it was brought to Manila a year and five months ago. Their first branch was established in Forum, Bonifacio Global City.
They are known for their grill-based dishes. The beef is really tender. The kitchen crew cooks and grills everything for you on your table, but of course you can cook it by yourself, if you prefer.
My personal favorite grill-based dish is the Woo Samgyeop, a sliced USDA choice beef belly brushed with sweet soy sauce topped with spring rolls. It has a subtle saltiness and sweetness in every bite you take.
Your Korean meal wouldn’t be complete without Japchae! Yoree’s Haemul Japchae is like semi chewy-jelly made from sweet potato and stirred with their special sauce. Japchae is better served on a wax paper so the moisture is kept!
Now, Korean food won’t be complete without kimchi. So you have to try Yoree’s mango kimchi! It’s amazing! Its flavors explode in your mouth: sweet, sour, and a bit spicy!
After all these wonderful meals, make your culinary experience even better and finish off with Patbingsu! It’s super shaved ice topped with Korean red bean paste with walnuts and mango! It’s like halo-halo ala Korean!
Looking at these pictures will not even give justice to how authentic their Korean dishes are! 80% of their customers are Koreans, so that definitely says something! Go and visit Yoree at their branches in BGC and Alabang!
Check out another restaurant review here: Sauté by Chef Victor Neri
Yoree Korean Dining
The Forum, 7th Avenue corner Federacion Drive,Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
For reservations: 02 2469069 ext:297
Molito Commercial Complex, Alabang, Muntinlupa City
For reservations: 02 8940440