Arriving in Baguio

sunset on the road

Took this sunset on the way to Baguio. For some reason, I find it rather sweet, though it’s not technically a quality sunset photo.The Baguio-Korea connection We arrived in Baguio at such a time all the restos I love were closed. It was only the Korean resto in the second floor of the Forest Inn along Legarda Rd. that was interesting. The place was half-full with Korean expats, and so we tried our luck.

Looked into the extensive menu and I actually wanted japchae (stir-fried potato noodles with veggies and sesame seeds), but no one would want to share the regular serving (for 2) with me, so I got a bibimbap.

Banchan, those little dishes of appetizers, were served first. I love their version of the sweet potato shoots, not cloying, and it contrasts nicely with the kimchi‘d namul (bean sprouts) and oi (cucumber). The danmuji (pickled yellow radish) was pretty generic. Brandon and Alex wouldn’t touch any of those.  Hubby competed with me:) The noodle-soup-junkie in him could not resist jjamppong. I guess their cooking is regional. The flavors of the bibimpap and jjamppong are not familiar. The soup tasted a bit like a Thai kind of seafood soup. Crab and a fermented something dominated the overall taste. It was fairly good, though. Alex had some. Btw, strangely, she loves chili:)

banchanoi kimchinamul banchanjjamppongbulgogi with rice

Brandon seemed to enjoy his bulgogi. If my memory serves me right, it’s Forest House’s (the one on Loakan Rd.) bulgogi that he misses much.

My bibimbap was not what I imagined. Everything were steamed and bland… I wasn’t impressed. I miss the one from Fort Ilocandia’s Flamingo, the best bibimbap I can remember.

Because of the growing Korean community in Baguio, there are quite a number of good Korean restaurants around. Just like any cuisine, cooking differs with every household. Discovering what suits your taste buds’ preferences is also a good way of experiencing other cultures.


Photographed by Blauearth © Blauearth™ All Rights Reserved 2009-2012

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