Feeling Korean at Kogi Bulgogi (Gateway Mall, Cubao)

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Kogi Bulgogi opens their newest branch at Gateway Mall, Cubao

Who’s ready for some Seoulful dining?

Kogi Bulgogi’s latest branch at Gateway Mall in Cubao is ready to bring you you your best Korean dining moment yet. Just from looking at the exterior of the place, from the cute interiors to the little touches like the bike with the wooden basket reminiscent of Korean telenovelas, you’ll instantly feel transported to South Korea, bring your dining experience to a whole new level of authenticity.

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Inside the Kogi Bulgogi Gateway Mall branch

The interiors of Kogi Bulgogi made us feel comfortable and very at home, and allowed us to enjoy our meals and chats in between heartily.

FOOD

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KPOP Chicken 4pcs for Php 125 ; 6pcs for Php 185 and 12pcs for Php 365

One of the things I like most about Korean food is that food looks so appealing, thanks to the plating and the colorful dishes. So even before you take your first bite, you’ve already convinced yourself that the food will be delicious because it appears delicious. I think that more restaurants should consider presentation high on their priorities when serving “good food”.

First up was the KPOP Chicken, which dripped with flavor because of the secret sauce lathered on its surface. The grat thing about it is that the flavor is not only on the surface, but goes deep into the tender chicken meat. But because of the extra sauce, it loses most of its crispiness. For those who like it saucy over crispy, you’d prefer Kogi Bulgogi’s KPOP Chicken over Bon Chon’s.

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Sundubu Jjigae (Php 180)

To whet our appetite, we had a bowl each of Sundubu Jjigae, a thick stew of soft tofu, clams, squid and pork. The soup was slightly to moderately spicy, and had a lot of ingredients you can chew on. The big bowl of Sundubu Jjigae can fit to serve four to six bowls.

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Dak Gui Ssam (Chicken) Php 385

The highlight of our meal was our first Ssam dining experience. In Korean, Ssam means “wrap”, and refers to a dish in which leafy vegetables, such as lettuce leaves, are used to wrap a piece of meat together with a condiment. In this case, Kogi offered four types of meat to choose from: the Bo Ssam (pork), Dak Gui Ssam (Chiken), Suygogi Gui (Grilled Beef), and Black Angues (Korean Steak, only available at the Promenade branch). Other ingredients you can also include in your own wrap are cooked garlic, onion, green pepper, or a small side dish called a banchan.

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Suygogi Gui Ssam (Grilled Beef) Php 420

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Bo Ssam (Pork) 365

At first, we were hesitant to make the first move, since we didn’t know how to do the wrap properly. But after Myke Soon of MixofEverything .comdemonstrated the proper way to wrap, we were more than excited to make our very own Ssam wrap!

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It’s a wrap battle with Sir Richard! (Photo c/o Ryan from AnakngPasig.com)

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Making sure nothing spills…

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And.. it’s done! My very own Ssam wrap!

What makes the experience enjoyable is that you get to choose just how much of what you put into your wrap. I chose the grilled chicken more often than the other meat types, as well as kimchi over the other ingredients. Dip it in the subtly spicy sauce and sesame sauce, and you’ll have nothing short of a delicious Ssam wrap!

The Dak Gui or grilled chicken was a crowd favorite because it seemed to be the healthiest option among the three. However, the grilled beef and the thinly sliced boiled pork were also very sumptuous. The boiled pork reminded us of lechon, and the skin was so crispy, I needed a little help cutting it into slices.

The Ssam dishes are good for sharing among four people, so it’s super sulit! Plus, I really enjoyed eating with my hands. It can get a little messy, but you can always wash your hands at Kogi Bulgogi’s wash area :D

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Kimchi rice (Php 110); Tuk Bulgogi (bulgogi pot) Php 405; Banchan or side dishes (FREE and unlimited refills!) Bibimbap (Php 220) Suygogi Gui Ssam (beef: korean lettuce wraps) Php 420

Other dishes that we loved included the Kimchi rice, which was flavorful and satisfying; the Bulgogi Pot, the soup of which had a very distinct sweet flavor you just can’t get enough of, and the Bibimbap. I also enjoyed free unlimited refills of the Banchan! It helped neutralize the strong flavors of the dishes, but are yummy on their own, too!

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Watermelon Shake (Php 100)

Kogi Bulgogi also serves the best watermelon shakes, in my opinion! I had two of these and wanted more! It was refreshing, healthy, and tasty! But we also had a fun time downing our tall glass of soju! Initially, we thought the soju (which is a Korean alcoholic drink) would be served in smaller quantities on a shot glass, but was shocked when they served tall glasses of soju on our table. Az and I were the only ones who finished the drink! The drink was zesty, thanks to the addition of lemon, and did not have a strong alcohol flavor.

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Soju with water (mixed with lemon) Php 128

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The soju went well as a beverage for the meat dishes

But we didn’t skip desserts. Seeing as how Korean restaurants always have a yummy variety of desserts to snack on, we had our pick of what to have after our heavy meal.

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The guys had the Melona Ice Cream Fish for Dessert

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While most of the girls went for the Pangtoa Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwich. I had one, too! Who could resist the call of chocolate?

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Not me! :D

I had an extremely enjoyable time at Kogi Bulgogi in the fun company of my blogger friends, with the lineup of great food we had for the day. I look forward to my next visit at Kogi Bulgogi!-HANA

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