Korean Barbeque spots in Lipa-Malvar area

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Korean barbeque has been a popular trend since 2018 I guess. Here in Batangas area, a lot of Korean grill opened just recently.

Honestly, at first I wasn’t a fan of Korean barbeque. But that was before, thanks to my husband for introducing me to this delectable and healthy food choice.

What is Korean barbeque?

It is a Korean cuisine of grilling meat, typically beef, pork or chicken. Such dishes are commonly prepared on gas or charcoal grills built into the dining table itself. Diverse textures of varied cuts of meat, sauces and side dishes can certainly appease the pickiest of eaters. Just like me.

Common meat cuts

  • Samgyeopsal which translates to “three layers of flesh” or pork belly is a prime choice for first timers.
  • Boneless beef short ribs ( Kalbi / Galbi ). Just like samgyeopsal, it is also a staple at every KBBQ restaurant.
  • Sirloin beef strips or Bulgogi, thinly sliced marinated beef sirloin or tenderloin with a marinade made from onion, garlic, soy sauce, sugar and sesame oil.
  • Boneless chicken or ( Dak Galbi ). This is not the most popular among the meat cuts, it is commonly made from chicken thighs and thinly sliced chicken breast fillet.
  • Sirloin or Ribeye Steak . A hearty cut of beef with the fattiness that you need to grill it right.
  • Beef belly slices ( Usamgyeop ) . It looks like a rolled up bacon, thinly sliced which makes it so easy to cook.

Side Dishes

  • Kimchi
  • Sweet potato
  • Potato marbles
  • Pickled cucumber
  • Thinly sliced tofu
  • Lettuce leaves
  • Egg
  • Cheese
  • Radish salad
  • Sauteed bean sprouts

Korean barbeque spots in Lipa – Malvar area

Korean Lounge bar and grill located at The Outlets Lipa has just opened last April 2019. The food is tasty and flavorful, typical to what other Korean grill offers but it is the first time I’ve tried chicken in a Korean grill. What I love about the place is the Acoustics songs played by the band while you are enjoying the grill and a bottle of cold beer or glass of wine. Acoustics band is available on Fridays and Saturdays from 5PM onwards. During special occasions, they offer promos like unli meat available for Php 429 and Unli pork for Php 329 only which is both Php70 off from original price. You can only choose either of the two unli choice per table.

Romantic Baboy at Picnic Grove park is an unlimited Korean grill which offers Php 499 for unlimited all meat and sidedish. For special occasions they offer roses to ladies, thus, the name “Romantic”. Food is simply good tasting.

Gangnam Korean Barbeque located near SSS Lipa is also a choice for the Korean vibes you want to try. There’s really nothing special about the place but the food is equally great with the other Korean grills we’ve tried.

Sampyupsalamat near tambo exit just recently opened. I haven’t tried it yet but I’ve heard from friends that the food is also delectable and enticing.

You can also try All 4U located at SM City Lipa.

The best thing about Korean barbeque is that you can easily do it at home. If you want to enjoy Korean food at the comfort of your own home, check out our guide and be ready with your Korean feast.

To complete your Korean dining experience, let me just add these 3 Korean phrases I found in Culture Trip.

많이 드세요 – Man-hee deu-se-yo – Have a great meal.

Similar to “Bon appetite”, this expression literally translates to “Eat a lot”. Following the Korean War, food shortages were widespread across the country. Therefore, this was a polite thing to say while serving food to others.

잘 먹겠습니다 – Jal meok-ge-sseum-ni-da – I will eat well.

If dining at a Korean’s home, or being treated to a meal by a Korean, use this phrase before eating to show appreciation to your host. It’s similar to saying “Thanks for your efforts. I’m going to have a great meal because of you”.

잘 먹었습니다 – Jal meo-geo-sseum-ni-da – The meal was good.

If you haven’t noticed by now, table manners (not to mention food in general) are pretty important in South Korea. Just as you said the previous phrase before the meal, use this one following the meal to once again thank your host for the food.

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