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In Which One Gets a Smackin’-Good Korean Meal for a Pittance…

Dolsot-style Beef Bibimbap - with all the trimmings

I crave Korean food on an average of about once or twice a week and, while I don’t always give in, I make sure that I get something magnificently rib-sticking and lip-smacking whenever I do.

And, sometimes, the price actually bowls me over – not because it’s high but because it’s almost criminally low!

Take the bibimbap over at Mr. Kimbob.  Up until last year, this food court fixture served up a pretty mediocre version of my favorite Korean dish.  Thanks to some serious biz-dev activity on the part of the management, Mr. Kimbob has stepped up its game and is giving diners more bang for their bucks.

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Believe it or not, a mere P 95.00 (US$ 2.21) gets you a beef or chicken dolsot-style bibimbap!  I refer to it as dolsot-style as it’s served on a heated cast-iron platter as opposed to the heated granite bowl (dolsot) normally used by other restaurants.

Along with steamed rice and a fried egg, you get seriously hefty portions of shredded beef or chicken cooked in a sweet soy sauce, finely shredded cucumber, Savoy cabbage kimchi, cabbage, carrots, spinach, and mung bean sprouts.  The kochujang that comes with it is rather watery, but it’s certainly piquant so be careful about dumping the lot over your meal.

Anyone up for sauce and sides?

Throw in an additional P 50.00 (US$ 1.17), and you also get soup, a generous amount of kimchi, and a medium-sized soda.  With generous portions and scrumptious flavors, it certainly isn’t a bad deal.  😀



Midge started her career in PR writing at seventeen when she began drafting documentaries for a government-run television station in the Philippines. Since then, she made a career in advertising and public relations which ended in June 2016 These days, she works full time at Philippine Tatler as a features writer under the nom de guerre Marga Manlapig. Aside from what she does for a living and her poetry, she has turned her home kitchen into a personal culinary lab and is currently working on another novel. Follow her on Instagram at @midgekmanlapig.

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