Monday, September 24, 2012

Monday, September 24, 2012
Bicol Express served at a Korean restaurant

I know that it's a culinary crime to have my ordered delicacy modified by the kitchen crew. However, I was willing to compromise my palate just to have a close taste of a popular dish if the latter's signature taste won't cut it for me.

All this hoopla is reminiscent of a Bicol Express I ordered at a Korean restaurant. Yes. Bicol Express. Yes. Korean restaurant. The place of the crime was Hotel Inwangsan at the corner of Anza St., in Bel-air and Makati Avenue in Makati City.

The crime: requesting the kitchen crew to Korean-ize, for lack of a better term, the Bicol Express that I saw on the menu. A few minutes later, I got exactly what I wanted -- Bicol Express without the signature spice but having that next-to-bland zest of some Korean dishes that I've tasted in the past.

The addition of pineapple bits siding and complimentary egg soup did me in. No guilt. I walked away paying P150 for my crime.

Hotel Inwangsan is a 6-year structure in Makati City. The hotel's new restaurant is only a few months old and serves more than Bicol Express, of course. Inwangsan is a mystical mountain with a height of 338 meters, located in Jongno-gu and Hongje-dong, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul, South Korea.

Restaurant interior
Complimentary egg soup; nothing fancy

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  1. intriguing. must try 'to! yung puna ko lang sa kanila 'e dapat di nakikita yung electrical outlet na yun sa wall.

  2. Ha-ha. Part siguro ng industrial charm.


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