I am neither a self-proclaimed foodie nor do I have a background on anything culinary-related but I must say that one of my favorite pastimes with the boyfriend is eating out. Honestly, prior to meeting him, I didn’t really have a knack for Korean food. I’ve always had this impression that they’re either just bland or just spicy. No in-betweens. No gays.
But he has since introduced me to the wonderful world of Korean cuisine (but my mom’s Filipino dishes are still more amazing IMO) and because we really eat out A LOT and Jimmy has literally been to almost every single Korean restaurant in the metro, I thought, it might be a fun idea to review the restaurants that we have tried! Maybe other Pinoys or tourists would want to know more about those as well…
Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post and everything is based on OUR opinion and personal tastes.
And the lucky resto that we have chosen for our debut review is… PALSUN KOREAN CHINESE RESTURANT. Yup, you’re not alone. I didn’t know there’s such a thing as Korean-Chinese cuisine either.
Palsun Chinese Restaurant. Sorry but they don’t sell siomai and peking duck.
And for all the restos that I’ll be writing about here, I’ll be featuring a “featured dish” (redundant much?). Today, it’s none other than the famous 짜장면 (Jjajangmyeon aka black noodles).
Because when eating black noodles, it’s imperative that you try to look cute, even if it’s annoying. That’s like… tradition.
History tiemzzz! Most people (Chinese and Koreans alike) regard Kor-Chi cuisine as more Korean than Chinese though most of the dishes are derived from Northern styles such as Beijing and Shandong cuisine. These dishes developed in the port city of Incheon where the majority of Korea’s ethnic Chinese population historically lived.
Some of the Korean-Chinese dishes include: 짜장면 Jjajangmyeon, 짬뽕 Jjampong, 탕수육 Tangsuyuk and 군만두 Gunmandu, all of which, we ordered for dinner because were were hungry pigs like that. Hahaha! Btw, the Krimmy Couple’s good friend, Fritz Tentativa also joined us for that “small feast”, the night before his birthday ^^ You’ll see the differences in our photos.
One bowl of jjajangmyeon is Php250 in Palsun but I assure you, it’s for sharing. Jimmy said it’s the dish that he wanted so badly to eat whenever he would take a break from military service but I personally wasn’t a fan. Okay lang! Also, it’s what single people eat on April 14, Black Day so if you’re single within the next 3 weeks, well, why not try a bowl of jjajangmyeon? The Korean approves of Palsun’s jjajangmyeon. He likes it!
I cut the noodles with scissors. It was weird. Photo by Fritz.
짬뽕 Jjampong. Authentically spicy. Fuck that red coloooorrrr!!!!
Fritz and I had jjajangmyeon but Jimmy had jjampong. I had no idea it’s Chinese food at all! Anyway, I was never a fan of it because dear jeebus, it burns my tongue!!! A big bowl of jjampong in Palsun is Php300, which is good for sharing in my standards, unless of course the person you’d share it with is my boyfriend.. He has eaten a lot of jjampong in his life and if he says it’s good enough, it’s good. No need to verify anymore.
군만두 Gunmandu or fried dumplings. Photo by Fritz.
Gunmandu is actually served in most Korean restaurants, not just those that specialize in Chinese cuisine. An order is worth Php 200 and the price is actually quite average for Korean restos. It’s not a fast food, after all. You dip it in Korean soy sauce (without calamansi lol), which is more diluted than the Philippine soy sauce. The boyfriend claims it’s probably ‘coz our local soy sauce has more chemicals. Pauso amp!!!. Personally, I like gunmandu because they seem like healthy diet food to me.
탕수육 Tangsuyuk, the Korean version of sweet and sour pork or lemon chicken. Photo by Fritz.
That dish has got to be my favorite amongst the food that we ordered that night. I LOVE LEMON CHICKEN and tangsuyeok is very tangy and citrusy. Koreans generally don’t even eat it with rice! It’s quite pricey though, Php600 for the smaller size but the quality is EXCELLENT and the meat tastes very fresh! Jimmy said the sauce should be tastier but it was fine with me and Fritz.
The interiors. It’s more Chinese than Korean, right?
Reception area. No, she’s not an ahjumma.
All in all, we can safely say that Palsun is a good Korean Chinese restaurant that’s a must-visit. It’s fairly new and in fact, it was Jimmy’s first time to eat there (considering he has eaten in ALL Korean restos in Malate). I was more concerned if the food is up to par with Korean Chinese cuisine from Korea and surprisingly, he said they’re good.
MY KOREAN BOYFRIEND’S RATING (10 being the highest):
Food (ingredients/taste/quality): 7.5 / 10
Place (interiors/facilities): 8 / 10
Price (affordability/value): 7 / 10
The Krimmy Couple approves! Photo by Fritz.
Also, I kid you not. We ate our dinner with aprons on, just in case the jjajangmyeon spills on your shirt or pants or something. Not like we do this when we eat dinuguan. Cultural difference are… different indeed. Hahahahaha!
Palsun Korean Chinese Restaurant
Orosa Street, Malate Manila
ps: Whew! That was long and comprehensive. I just meant to talk about what I liked and didn’t like. But if you guys like this kind of review and would like us to do more, please comment and such. THANKS~
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