The K-Pop invasion for the past decade or so has influenced not only the fashion, makeup & skincare, movies & television concepts but also the Filipino’s palate. Soon Korean restaurants and stalls have sprouted in and around the metro, each claiming to have the best version or authentic Korean food. Almost unnoticeable within the Ortigas Center is SaLang (pronounced as ‘sarang’, which means ‘my heart,’ ‘my dear,’ or ‘my love’), a Korean restaurant which serves honest-to-goodness Korean food.
Here’s my food adventure along with a few learned terms that I want to share.
Salang Bulgogi Jeongol – ‘Barbecued Beef Stew’ comprises of slices of ‘gul’ or grilled meat, ‘dangmeon’ or Korean sweet potato noodles or otherwise known as Japchae noodles, beef broth, 3 kinds of mushroom (Enoki or ‘Paengi-buseot’, Shiitake or ‘Pyogo-buseot’ and Wood Ear or ‘Mogi-beoseot’), thinly sliced carrots, leeks and sliced white onions topped with sesame seeds. It was my first time to try this and its really good! Its definitely one of those soup/noodles type of food to crave for when its raining. Their serving is huge and can probably warm up 3 to 4 persons, so better bring company when you visit to try this.
SaLang Shabu Shabu (Php500/minimum 2 orders) – If you fancy to cook your food then order this dish. You can choose from two types of meat and a choice also of one or two types of noodles, then there’s the beef broth, 3 kinds of mushroom (Enoki or ‘Paengi-buseot’, Shiitake or ‘Pyogo-buseot’ and Wood Ear or ‘Mogi-beoseot’), there’s shrimps, fish & lobster balls, crab roll, clams, corn, spinach and other vegetables plus, its served with side dishes that you can have refilled twice!
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