Sunday, May 23

Sam Gyupsal dinner at Min Sok

It was a lazy Friday afternoon just after office when I thought of inviting Gil out to a different dining experience, Korean setting this time. I learned of this place from our previous GM, Murase San and wife Yoko (Japanese) who constantly tag us (Che, Joy and I- who he called his angels) in their dinner dates and been yearning to let Gil experience the same since then. The place is called Min Sok Restaurant, a known Korean restaurant within Korean town in Poblacion, Makati.

Min Sok is a house turned restaurant owned and operated by couple OG IN, HAM (I assumed though as written sa calling card). It doesn’t have the ‘homey’ vibe I’m looking for in every resto we visit but has that ‘mind your own business’ feel, as we never felt awkward mingling around mostly Korean customers. Both the owners and staffs were accommodating. At one point, we saw the Korean owner assisting the customers to slather lard unto the pre-hot grilling plate.

Going on, we ordered the main reason of our visit: the Sam Gyupsal described as three (sam) layered (gyeop) pork meat (sal) thinly sliced for grilling (tama ba ate Pheng? Hehe!) An order consists of 10 pieces pre-cut meat, lettuce for wrapping and a dozen or so condiments, which occupied most of the space in our table.

To begin with, Ate assisted us with the heating of the grilling plate and did the first batch of grilling.

Two orders of Sam Gyupsal entitle you to a FREE steaming bowl of Miso soup…er, SPICY Miso soup. Spicyness is tolerable btw. Laveet! :)

hot and spicy!

Then the wrapping begins...

the grilled meat, first and foremost.

the lettuce for wrapping. The spices could also be grilled for additional flavor.

...and the condiments of your choice. Take your pick! :)

Lettuce + the grilled meat dipped in salt pepper sesame oil dip + the condiments of your choice = Winner!

this is how I dig in...

...and this is Gil's.

We also had Haemul jun- a Seafood Korean Pancake, which is equally satisfying! We thought of it as pizza before but it actually looked and tasted like omelet with lots of vegetables and seafood served with Korean dip (soy sauce with chili something!)

Crunchy and healthy Haemul jun- P250

They don’t scrimp with the lettuce and condiments as they add with or without requests. Owners and staffs roam each table from time to time checking what to be replaced. Sweet noh? :)

Some of the outstanding condiments for us are as follows: (Dunno the names haha!)

the untouched kimchii haha! Need pa of frequent visit for us to really like it! :)

I never found the menu of this restaurant online so I thought of taking pics of the menu itself for you (Click pictures for larger view).

If you were up to a Korean fix, non-aircon and basic environment but definitely good food…. Min Sok is the right place to be! Really a value for your money Korean experience!

Will definitely visit again and again...and again! :)


Kat said...

I ♥ Korean food :) There's a Korean resto in Paranaque, near BF, that's really good, but I can't remember the name of the resto! I just know how to get there, hehe :)

Dea said...

May trauma ako sa Korean food, I used to teach music and English to a Korean pastor's kids at their house, and on my first day there I was served soup--na may ice! Naloka ako! After that omelette lang lagi kong kinakain.

But a lot of my friends told me that Korean food is good naman daw, I think I just might reconsider.

pusang kalye said...

namiss ko tuloy uli kumain sa Korean resto----sa MINATO sa me Ortigas ang fave namin na lugar. I love samgeupsal and Bibimpap...hay, addictive ang Korean food, nung una ayoko. lately, nagugustuhan ko na.----

.....kelan ba tayo dine out together?

Rizza said...

Naku Mishi! tataba ka nyan, hehehe... love your blog :)

Chyng said...

interesting, i never tasted any korean food yet (as far as i know).

hmm sige nga, sama ko kay anton minsan. korean teacher yan eh.

♫ Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ♫ ayu ♫ Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ♫ said...

i havent tasted korean foods but i hope someday i will!!

RE@GIl:i also love those animes!! thanks for the inspiring comments!! :D

mishi said...

Minsok is a great introduction for us to korean foods. Love it!:) will check out the resto wen we passed by BF. Thanks kat! :)

may ganun ngang soup cla.Haven't tried it yet. At first, di tlga appealing ang Korean foods. But pag inulit ulit, addictive na sya!:)

korek! at first hesitant din ako eh,di ko maintindihan lasa. Samgyupsal is the best for us so far. i'm bugging Gil kung kelan lakad nting lahat hehe. Hope chyng could join. :)

taba ko na nga huhu!:) Pero odd,khit ata araw arawin ang korean foods, di nkakataba eh.It has lots of veggies that's why! Thanks mom rizza! :)

Try the samgyupsal as an intro chyng, u'll like it! :)

it's one of the best i've tasted (atleast most of their dishes). Samgyupsal is a winner,try it urself! :)

GIL said...

Zeb thanks sa treat... =)
Kelan kaya maulit 'to?
I love you!

♫ Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ♫ ayu ♫ Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ♫ said...

RE: @GIL: thanks !!!ill do my best in bringing you nice reviews!

phoebe said...

love haemul jun!! may malapit kasi ditong resto na super sarap gumawa nun :) one of the side dishes is just "dubu" or tofu and the other one's "odeng" ata or fishcake. Hope we can eat korean food together some time, hehe *huggies!*

mishi said...

i was actually thinking na sa korean resto tayo the next uwi mo kaya lng for sure u'r craving for pagkaing pinoy noh? we only finished 1 slice each ni gil, simple lng sya pero filling.But we enjoyed most the samgyupsal. Truly laveett!

mishu! Mwuah!:)

♥peachkins♥ said...

I love a good restaurant!

The Peach Kitchen
blowing peachkisses
peach and things

pusang kalye said...

mishi---go---sige---para member kana ng Nikon babies...hehe

kaw pa--kayang-kaya mo yan---equiv lang to ng 25% ng sahod mo sa isang buwan. hehe said...

hello there
thanks for comment on our blog, about copying one of your articles we are very sorry that we don't asked a permition to you although we had adding your blog link for the source there. so that, i hope you give permition to us ^^


♫ Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ♫ ayu ♫ Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ♫ said...

@GIL: based on Wikipedia, the anime was released on 2004

fiel-kun said...

I'm sure meron silang Kimchi at Soju jan ^_^

mishi said...
No problem with the re-posting. We were just surprised to see our article posted on another site. Glad you liked it. You can make use of my/our article but please let me/us know. Thank you for the link anyway.

Best Regards,

mishi said...

kung pwede lng every Friday, y not?I knew it magugustuhan mo dun!:) yabyu tuh!

we too! yum! :)

di pa keri, dami ko pa expenses eh.25% ng sahod? Sooooper mura lng pala! Haha!:D

yep, kmichii na hindi nmin nagalaw hehe. We didn't order soju though, pero meron yep, meron din cla. Thanks thanks sa muling pagdalaw! :)

fan ng site mo 'tong c gil, basta re anime fave nya hehe! Keep the nice reviews rolling, ayu! :)

GIL said...

Next time na bumalik tayo jan,mg-request ako ng wooden chopstick. Miss you po!


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