Eventually we ended up in this cozy little Korean Restaurant near the corner of Timog Avenue, the name of the restaurant is CHUNG MI RAE (I will have to double check on the spelling). If you're coming from the Timog-Tomas Morato rotunda, just take timog and head into the direction of Quezon Avenue. At the first corner (Dannys Grill on your left serves as your landmark) make a right turn and you should immediately see the restaurant's signage to your right side. (Because of the heavy downpour, I wasn't able to get a pic of the facade). Customers are mostly korean nationals though I did see a table occupied by local filipinos.
Since it was just the two of us, we really couldn't order too much food. (but we sure were really hungry. hehehehehe)
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Without us even asking, the wait staff provided us with a pitcher of cold tea........ While the pitcher and glass had soju as their labels, the contents was just plain tea. (we weren't in much mood for alcoholic beverages)
Also without us asking for it, they also provided some korean appetizers while we wait for orders to arrive....... What I like about this restaurant (aside from the free appetizers, which I believe are re-fillable) is the different varieties not normally found in more commercial korean inspired restos.
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On the left are sliced baby octopus dipped in chili sauce, while beside it is cabbage kimchi. Above the kimchi is pickled salty radish and the one on top is sour plum.
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Upper left is sliced zucchini in chili sauce, to its right side is dilis mixed with nuts (not sure if its walnuts) and topped with a subtle sweet sauce. Lower right is kinda like egg omelette while lower left is something I not familiar with. (taste like gelatin with sweet sauce)
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Rice topped with egg and assorted Vegetables in a Hot Stoneware.
I have to admit that there are some vegetables inside that does not look familiar to me. Why even the beansprouts (toge) has a different shape. Anyway, I did find this rice topping a little on the bland side. I asked the wait staff for some additional chili sauce to give it a somewhat sweet, spicy flavor.
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Glass noodles with strips of vegetables and pork.
Served really hot, the glass noodles are long and firm and has just the right amount of sweetness (mainly from sesame oil). Though the serving is pretty much generous, I was however a bit surprised that of all the dishes we ordered, this one was the most expensive. (I think 500 pesos per order)
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Fermented soybean paste, potatoes, tofu, zucchini and shellfish soup.
After my first sip of the soup ... all I can say is "Wow" !!!! My companion was starting to tease me because all my concentration was on the soup alone. It somewhat had the subtle taste of japanese miso soup. But I think the magic here is the fermented bean paste as it has a more intense flavor as well as a more nutty taste than miso. A little chili powder gives the soup just the right amount of "heat"
Definitly this will be one of my most highly recommended dish should you drop by this restaurant ........ I think i have just found my new comfort food.
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After our meal (and again, much to our delight) the wait staff gave us some complimentary ice cream ....... Its just basically vanilla ice cream, but after all the intense flavors we just consumed, the subtle flavor of the vanilla serves as an effective palate cleanser.
Damage was a bit costly at 1,200 pesos for two persons, but given the great tasting food that we experienced, I'm not about to complain.
Edited by asmodeus, 24 October 2010 - 07:17 AM.