Annyeonghaseyo, Bulgogi Brothers!

Annyeonghaseyo! Who loves Korean BBQ? *raising my both hands* I’ve tried numerous Korean BBQ restaurants in my whole life and to be honest, only a few left good impressions to me. Have you read my post about Ssikkek Korean BBQ Singapore? If you haven’t, feel free to check it out here. If you’re visiting Singapore soon, Ssikkek Korean BBQ is a must! Just a few Singapore dollars for all you can eat Korean BBQ in a nice, comfy, air-conditioned room, but make sure you get there before it opens because the queue is crazy! Anyway, Ssikkek Korean BBQ also has branch here in Malaysia but I couldn’t manage to get there because it’s too far from the place I live *sigh* But no worries! My husband and I have found a place to fulfill our Korean BBQ cravings! *drumrolls* YAY to Bulgogi Brothers! Bulgogi Brothers Bulgogi Brothers is original from Korea, and they also have branches in Malaysia and in The Philippines. I went to the one in Pavilion KL last weekend and I was so happy I had to blog about it. They don’t  just serve Korean BBQ, but also rice, soup and noodles, they also have nice and delicious appetizers like Korean style pancake. Check out they complete menu and price list here. We were famished when we got there so we made our order quickly. One interesting thing about every Korean restaurant is their side dishes! Bulgogi Brothers I am so happy that Bulgogi Brothers serves refillable side dishes (banchan) and they’re surprisingly delicious too! I couldn’t stop taking picture that day, #sorrynotsorry LOL. The moment we finished ordering, the friendly waitress delivered the numerous mouthwatering side dishes (banchan) like Kimchi, Sweet Lotus Root, Mashed Pumpkins, and the yummy greenies (the lettuce is refillable for free too!) The Kimchi was crunchy and delicious, a not-so-ordinary Kimchi. Bulgogi Brothers banchan My favorite is their corn soup! My goodness! I wondered how something so simple could taste so good. It was so yummy, not too much salt and not too much sweet, I could really taste the corn in my tongue. Most importantly, it was so soft! I couldn’t even find any corn pieces yet the corn taste was so rich. By the way, I loved their utensils so much! Just look at that cute spoon! D: Even before our main courses came, we were already satisfied with the side dishes LOL. And oh, if you don’t eat pork or you’re wondering whether it’s HALAL or not, don’t you worry, they don’t serve pork but I have no idea if they have HALAL certification or not, but you can always drop by their branch and pop out the question, their waitresses are so friendly and happy to assist the customers. Anyway, here comes the feast! Bulgogi Brothers Gwangyang-style Bulgogi (MYR 46.90) I wondered how to pronounce this correctly, but hey, who cares? I just pointed my finger at this when ordering and the waitress recommended us to the Bulgogi Brothers Special which is a combination of Unyang (beef patties) and Gwangyang, but I’m on my beach body program, so no thank you! LOL 😀 Another thing about Bulgogi Brothers is their interior. I love every single thing. The nice and clean induction cooker attached to every table, comfy seats, and they’re even playing K-Pop songs and MV, must be a big turn-on for you, K-Pop lovers. Okay moving on, the Gwangyang-style Bulgogi is basically thinly sliced seasoned beef, served with mushroom, sweet potatoes, leeks and onions. I am so happy for the kind assistance of their waitress in helping us to grill the beef, so friendly and patient (no matter how much questions I’ve popped-out, still remained calm and warm LOL) And pssst, as a matter of fact, most of their waitresses are Filipinos! (MABUHAY, PILIPINAS!) Just so you wait until it’s sizzling hot, combined with a special sauce, a little bit of stir here and there and voila! Bulgogi Brothers The lettuce wrap! (I don’t know what they call this in Korean but I saw it in Korean series when I was younger and I’ve loved it ever since) It was my husband first time to try Korean BBQ and he fell in love with it. Especially, when the beef is wrapped in fresh lettuce with a dash of special sauce and kimchi, wrap ’em all and eat all at once. It’s gonna be a big bite, but it’s beyond delicious. The fresh, crunchy lettuce combined with juicy and tasty beef slices with an explosion of special sauce in the core, YUMMY. “It’s so delicious I want to cry,” My husband said. The beef was juicy, tasty and soft (no wonder, it’s very thin!) The mushrooms were cooked perfectly as well! I’ve never tasted grilled mushroom so juicy, it was mostly too dry and a little bit hard to eat, but this! I don’t know what to say anymore! Well, our satisfaction didn’t stop there. We ordered Beef Bibimbap (MYR 29.90) we thought it was just a normal size for one person portion, but well, we were wrong. It was actually bigger than I thought. Bulgogi Brothers The waitress (again, I wish I asked his name! So grateful for his help LOL) mixed it all at once which I thought was a very fun thing to do. He also added the special sauce to give it a little bit of magic LOL. Basically it’s a rice meal topped with beef bulgogi, raw egg yolk, and vegies but it was dead delicious. The beef bulgogi slices were extraordinary thick and tasty. Overall it tasted so rich and delicious. At first I regretted that we ordered only two main courses but then it turned out that I was thankful I didn’t order more LOL, their portion is big and enough for two persons. Bulgogi Brothers gave us an unforgettable Korean BBQ experience, it was extraordinary. A little bit pricey though, but worth the price. We’ll definitely come back for more delicious banchan and tasty beef. Check out their website for more information on promotions, branch locations and menu. Bulgogi Brothers Malaysia | www.bulgogibros.com.my Bulgogi Brothers Philippines | www.bulgogibrothers.com.ph

Racks and Roll!

If you live in The Philippines, surely this restaurant sounds familiar to you. Racks, yeah!

I finally gave it a try few weeks before my wedding (suicidal, I know). I’ve been exercising and working out just to have the perfect body on my wedding day. But, I can hardly recall how much calories I’ve swallowed that day.

Baby Back Ribs

I wasn’t guilty, really!

Recalling on how much I’ve eaten and how delicious they were, nope, not guilty at all. lol.

You MUST TRY their baby back ribs! Oh my gosh, that was my first time eating ribs with such soft meat! Their sauce is yummy too, they have their own signature Racks sauce which is perfect for grills.

Check out their website (http://www.racks.ph) for more information on menu and promotions!

We ordered for family platters the next day, we were all 8 but I assure you it was more than enough! Here’s their menu for family platters.

Racks Family Platters

We went for the Suft ‘N Turf, comes with a full rack pork ribs, fish & chips, one choice of pasta, 2 picthers of coke and 3 large side dishes. Everything was excellent!

Racks Caesar Salad
Racks Spaghetti Carbonara

Both caesar salad and pasta were so creamy and tasty! I don’t have any picture of the fish & chips (it was gone like the wind lol), it was delicious, crispy and tasty as well!

Full Rack Pork Ribs

As ordered, full rack pork ribs!

We couldn’t even eat all that! We had take away instead lol. Between their full rack pork ribs and baby back ribs, I’d prefer the baby back ribs. Not to mention the softness of the meat, you don’t even have to put effort on cutting the meat (that’s how soft it is!)

My Racks first try was a success. Someone please fly me back to The Philippines!

RACKS | http://www.racks.ph

Jollibee Joy!

Jollibee’s Burger Steak

If you visit The Philippines often, you might be familiar with Jollibee. You can find Jollibee everywhere in The Philippines (I know it’s weird, but it’s true lol). The first time I came to The Philippines, I was surprised because Jollibee has more stores and more customers compared to Mc Donalds and Kentucky (sorry no offense :p). Aside from its friendly price, it has big portion and it’s soooo delicious, I must say.

My favorite is Jollibee’s burger steak, it’s not just because of the tasty gravy sauce, it’s also because of the softness of the meat and of course, the tastiness. Nom! You can also try its pork tender meal, it’s sooo tender I die! Even though it’s just a simple meal of rice and meat, it gives me such great satisfaction! (Sorry for being over reacting but I’m such a fan!).

Jollibee’s Peach Mango Pie

After the delicious main course, try this sweet peach mango pie from Jollibee. They have one package meal of 4 pies, I forgot how much it costs, but it’s still so cheap! The outer layer is so crunchy, then wait for the peach mango sauce inside that bursts out once you bite it! Oh no! Now I’m so sad because there’s no Jollibee here in my country! HUUU *sobs*

Anyway! Don’t forget to drop by Jollibee in The Philippines. They have branch in NAIA Terminal 3 (Yes, I’m forcing you to try Jollibee the moment you just landed in The Philippines lol) and it’s definitely a must try! Have a great meal time, folks!

Busog!

Busog is a word in Tagalog/ Filipino which means “stuffed/ full”.

I’ve visited The Philippines so many times already, it’s like a second home to me. As a foreign traveler, of course I always want to try new things, new food and visit new places. I must say, Filipino dishes have really strong sweet and sour taste. Filipinos usually eat their meals with vinegar or soy sauce as a dip, which we don’t normally do back in my home-country. As an Indonesian, (who used to eat spicy meals) it’s very hard to find spicy food in The Philippines. I’ve tried their most spicy dish (according to my Filipino friend), Bicol Express, and it was barely spicy for me. It’s even hard to find spicy/hot sauce, especially in restaurants, it tasted more like Tabasco or sweet-spicy Thailand sauce than a real hot sauce. Nevertheless, I’m still a big fan of Filipino dishes!

Kare-Kare

If you’re planning to visit The Philippines, make sure you have no problem with this main ingredient of their food, it’s pork. As mentioned in the caption, kare-kare contains of pork (of course!), the heart of banana’s tree, eggplant and cabbage. It’s so tasty, I just can’t eat this without extra rice lol. It’s even tastier if you add the Filipino bagoong (shrimp paste), unfortunately I don’t have any picture of it. It also has a taste of “peanut butter”, I always wonder how they make this extraordinarily delicious dish (someone please send me a recipe!)

Caldereta

 

My next favorite would be Caldereta (beef/chicken/pork stew). The main ingredients for Caldereta varies, it could be pork, beef, or chicken. My fiancé cooked this one for our dinner, he’s very talented, really. The tomato taste in Caldereta is very strong, I would say. It would be even more delicious if you add black pepper and vegetables like bell peppers, potatoes and carrots.

 

 

Surprised?

Don’t worry, it’s just a duck, more like a baby duck.

Balot/balut is basically an egg. What makes it so extraordinary is that it’s not an usual egg you normally see in the supermarket or the ones you cook for breakfast. Balot is a few weeks age duck egg (yes, it’s still an embrio of a duck) which was boiled/ steamed (I’m not really sure).  You can find it randomly in the streets for a very very cheap price, you can really tell someone sells Balot if she/ he brings a wooden basket covered with a cloth to keep the Balots warm.

It doesn’t taste bad, actually! Not as bad as the appearance, it’s actually delicious and tasty (even more when you add vinegar or salt). But! Balot is not good to be consumed regularly, it has really high cholesterol.

My other favorites are Sinigang and Inihaw (any kind of inihaw lol). Too bad I don’t have picture of it, but I’ll just explain. Sinigang contains of pork, okra, gabi (root), and kangkoong. It’s also known as tamarind soup with either pork, prawn or fish (usually milk fish). Sinigang na hipon (tamarind soup with prawns) is my favorite! Especially when the prawns are still fresh and sweet! Eat it together with the soup in a single slurp, so yummy!

Whenever you visit The Philippines, spare a day for culinary hunting! It’s worth it, I promise you. It’s very pocket friendly, delicious and satisfying!