26 Feb

TBW always used to say “I’m not really fond of Korean food”, when urged to try a new Korean restaurant.  Someone spoke to soon, alright.  Because one fine day,  after touring the new food wing of Alabang Town Center, TBW sits in a Korean restaurant and enjoys…nay…loves everything that is served.

Just like any typical Korean restaurant, Bulgogi Brothers served an array of appetizers endlessly at the beginning of the meal.  TBW probably loved this entree because of the melange of familiar flavors ranging from sweet, spicy, salty to sour and the textures from crunchy to smooth and the play of colors.  All close to home.  Nothing too alien.  Plus we had two servings of each. It was a feast for the eyes, palate and wallet.  Love it!

L-R Hot corn tea...drink all you can. Eat all you can appetizers ranging from salad, sweet potato & pumpkin, kimchi, stewed mushrooms, corn, quail eggs, marble potatoes.

We ordered dumplings with a seafood vegetable salad on the side and spicy tolerable sauce and my only favorite Korean dish (then) chapchae or japchae (sweet potato noodles with bits of beef and vegetables).  A mental note was made not to order these next time as the appetizers were more than enough to satisfy.  Also, TBW has had better chapchae.  The most recent being in Bon Chon (more of this in another post).  The presentation though of both dishes were beautifully executed.

Dumplings with seafood vegetable salad and Bulgogi Brothers version of chapchae.

The Bulgogi Brothers special was recommended by our server.  Glad we followed her as food was very good, had value for money as one order fed 4, and interactive cooking was experienced.  A must try!

L-Bulgogi Brothers special on the menu. R-Actual order. Two types of marinated raw beef portions good for 4 or more together with uncooked mongo sprouts, onion and sweet potato on a grill pan are brought to your table. A flat heated stove top is available on each table where the grill is placed. Server cooks for you and voila...freshly cooked beef and vegies dipped in three types of condiments. Bulgogi after all means grilled meat.

Table top grilling.

The Koreans have definitely invaded our country.  My palate included.  I am now a convert.  I love Korean food… but only at Bulgogi Brothers… for now.


  1. Chris March 14, 2012 at 4:51 am #

    I’ve never had pear in Bulgogi, the Korean cooks I’ve known have always used honey to teempr the bitterness of Sesame Oil, or mixture of other ingredients. However, I think a good substitute for asian (Korean) pears would be Bosc pears. They are crisp, juicy and sweet, as long as they don’t sit around too long. My Korean sister Su’s husband can’t keep his sticky fingers out of her marinating Bulgogi, he prefers to eat it raw after marinnating over night, and he is a good judge as to wether or not it needs more sweetness to cover the bitterness.Try subsituting honey for sugar or other sweetners in Bulgogi, it’s healthier and gives a better flavor!If I was a single man, I could get lost in Korea just traveling around from village to village and sampling all the different varieties and variations of Korean foods.

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