Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Dokkebi Korean BBQ

My kind of BBQ 

With the rise of samgyeopsal places everywhere, it's become really hard to find quality meats. Everyone's offering unlimited samgyeopsal for under Php 500, but all you really get there at the end of the day is a full stomach (and maybe an aversion to grilled meats for the next couple of weeks). I had that phase too, where I'd dine at eat-all-you-can restaurants and stuff myself with as much food as possible just so I can get my money's worth. Nowadays, I prefer quality over quantity (maybe it's my age?? haha), but I don't mind paying a premium so long as I'm getting a good meal out of it. 

I've visited a couple of Korean grills in the past months and I've noticed that most of the ones that popped up in Quezon City offer unlimited meats, which basically means waiting in line for hours. I tried that once with my friends - by the time we left, we were dizzy and crazy full from all the eating, and I thought, nope, not doing this again.
Recently, I discovered Dokkebi Korean BBQ along N.S. Amoranto (or more popularly known as Retiro). I don't usually find myself there because Banawe Street has more than enough options, but I'm glad I did because Dokkebi offers an 8-Flavor Pork Belly on the menu which I love, love, love! I personally like it when meats have flavor, so you don't have to drown it in sauce (which you tend to do in eat-all-you-can restaurants). I know other Korean grills have this as well, but the ones that do seem to be located inside malls, and I really hate it when malls get crowded.
For Php 1,450, you get a total of 880 grams of pork belly in the following flavors: ginseng, herbs, cream, spicy, garlic & salt, teriyaki, curry, and fresh. This way, you eat the same meat, but you don't get umay or sick of it since each one tastes different. They even have a promo until the 15th where you can get Buy One, Take One on their 4-Flavor or 8-Flavor Pork Belly!
Another thing I like about it is that you can take your sweet time since there's no limit and you can grill for however long as you want. I mean, you'll have to pay for additional orders, but you get what I mean.
Another thing that makes Dokkebi Korean BBQ different is their collaboration with CoreCrate International, a company that imports noodles, snacks, candies, condiments, and beverages to the Philippines. Some of their products include the famous Samyang Noodles, Famous House, Tom's, and Doll Instant Noodles.
Here, they've created dishes featuring some of Samyang's variants. Enjoy their Cheese Bokkeummyeon Omelette, Fire Chicken Pasta with Bacon and Feta, Hot Chicken Flavor Rice with Mozzarella, Buldak Bokkeumyeon in Black Bean Sauce, and Five Peanuts with Sesame Seeds for dessert.
Doll Instant Noodles is something I haven't heard before. It's a Hong Kong brand that's known for their instant noodles, frozen dimsum, frozen spaghetti, and chilled foods like meatballs. During our visit, my friends and I got to try their Supreme Lobster & Cheese and Supreme Abalone and Chicken flavors. I've always been into chicken and seafood flavored instant noodles, but wow, these are something else.
The Famous House drinks got everyone really excited. It's not always that we get to discover new drinks, since we're usually so focused on the food. But they have all kinds of drinks - my favorite is the Grass Jelly drink. It tastes just like the black gulaman my mom used to make when we were kids (except with added banana or lychee extract). Still really good though!
SO MUCH FOOOOOD! Gotta go back soon for some more of that curry and garlic & salt flavors!! 
Ended the night with some sojuuuuu! Invite your friends to visit Dokkebi Korean BBQ soon! I swear you won't regret it! ;)
Dokkebi Korean BBQ is located at N.S. Amoranto Corner Sicaba Street, Banawe, Quezon City
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