Wednesday, December 9, 2015

A Korean bulgogi and chap chae lunch at Sariwon in BGC


Yesterday in Manila, living a #Travelife, we went to have lunch at Sariwon, a Korean restaurant in the Bonifacio Global City that's run by three lovely Filipino sisters as a franchise from Seoul.

The original Sariown restaurant in Seoul was started by a certain enterprising Korean businesswoman in 1938.

I wanted Korean food just before flying out for two weeks of heavy European dining and someone suggested we try Sariwon out. There aren't very many authentic Korean restaurants in this city and Sariwon is supposed to be one of them.

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A HEALTHY BROTH
FOR KOREAN STEWS

Sariwon is one of the authentic Korean restaurants, and it focuses on making Korean food healthier by using vegetable broth made with 12 different kinds of fruits and vegetables for its stews and seasonings.

Korean food is pretty heavy, overall, but the Sariwon version is pretty light because of the way they do their soup base. You don't leave the restaurant feeling like you've eaten enough for a whole year.


SET MEALS FOR A GROUP

They also have a variety of pretty interesting and reasonably-priced set meals that offer the best of their dishes, so you get to taste a little bit of everything.

We were actually going to do a la carte, but our waiter said that ordering the set would be cheaper than doing a la carte.

THE SARIWON WOO SET FOR LUNCH


This is exactly what we had for lunch. 

We had the Woo set for four which included the usual kimchi and vegetable appetizers to start, along with a very delicious and mildly spicy vegetable and tofu soup.

Then we had several main courses come one after the other, including chap chae noodles, Korean barbecue, spicy chicken and Sariwon's version of Korean beef stew.


KOREAN BEEF STEW,
SARIWON STYLE

The Sariwon beef stew, marinated overnight in honey, had thinly sliced marbled beef cooked in a vegetable-based broth.

It was served with noodles made in-house by the chefs using sweet potatoes. Absolutely delicious and it was nice to think it was healthier than regular noodles, too.

RED BEANS AND SHAVED ICE
FOR A KOREAN DESSERT


And I don't usually like Asian desserts, but I decided to order this red bean dessert after our lunch just because I wanted something sweet and cold after spicy.

It was very nice, with just the right mixture of sweetness. 

All in all a very nice lunch before jumping on a plane for Prague, and off to another chapter in my never-ending, and never-endingly eventful #Travelife.




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