Part of The Boyfriend’s work is to travel within Asia to attend to his clients’ IT concerns. His first assignment for this year was a 3-week stay in Bangkok. The night before he left for Thailand, we decided to have dinner somewhere in Bonifacio Global City. I suggested we try Sariwon Korean Barbecue.
I was content with my hot tea, but The Boyfriend wanted to try their refillable iced tea (Php115.00). He found it to be very good and said that he highly recommends it.
I don’t think any Korean meal is complete without having banchan, a variety of small dishes meant to be shared among those in a group. I LOVE banchan. I personally have a thing for kimchi and all the other stuff served are added bonuses. There’s a wide array of stuff that can be considered banchan, so it doesn’t always have to be those pictured above.
By the way, these come in unlimited servings and are free of charge, just let your server know which ones you want to be refilled.
Another one of my favorite Korean dishes is the japchae (Php380.00). I’ve always enjoyed the chewy texture of the sweet potato noodles used in this dish. It’s a pretty small serving, but was good enough for The Boyfriend and I to share. Apart from the noodles, this dish consists of slices of mushrooms, pork, carrots and other vegetables, topped with sesame seeds.
We also chose to split a serving of Jeonju Bibimbap (Php300.00). As with standard practice, the rice was mixed with all the vegetables, meat and egg before we started to eat it. This dish was actually pretty good, but I would have preferred more gochujang to give it a bit more heat.
We decided to order another dish and The Boyfriend was torn between a chicken dish or the famous Korean beef stew. The Boyfriend badly wanted to try Sariwon’s beef stew but knew I wasn’t going to be able to share the dish with him if he ordered it. He decided to get the dak galbi (Php380.00) instead. The dak galbi is another popular dish which consists of marinated chicken and gochujang. This was served with a couple of lettuce leaves which you could use as a wrap for the chicken.
Although the menu indicated this to be a spicy dish, neither The Boyfriend and I found it to be spicy at all. Putting that aside, this was a decent dish to have at Sariwon.
One of my favorite parts of the meal was the sikhye, a traditional Korean drink made of rice and pine nuts. This complimentary sweet drink is served cold and intended to help your digestion.
I remember my grandmother serving us something similar to this when I was younger, except we had barley instead of rice. I have forgotten what it was called though. The sikhye brought back so many good memories that it was definitely a great way to end our dinner. 🙂
**We visited the branch located at the Upper Ground Floor of Bonifacio High Street Central in Taguig. Sariwon has another branch located at the ground floor of Promenade in Greenhills. You can visit their official Facebook page here to learn more about the establishment.