I had the the Galbitang Bansang for lunch again yesterday. Third time in a week!
“Ganun ba talaga kasarap ‘yan?,” Marco asked after peering into my bowl.
For some reason, I loved this Korean traditional beef short ribs soup. Everyone describes it as “parang Bulalo”. Oddly, I don’t even eat Bulalo! It just does not appeal to me. I am not fond of ulam with clear soup. Nilaga is another one that I don’t eat. “Walang katorya-torya” is how I described it to an ex. “Because you don’t use dipping sauces,” he argued.
Yesterday, on my third time to eat the Galbitang Bansang, I discovered that it should be eaten with sauce. “Galbitang sauce. ‘Yun lang po talaga ang tawag,” the server insisted when I didn’t look convinced. I was told that it is a mixture of soy sauce, sugar, vinegar, and pear. Yes, as in the fruit.
After enjoying the Galbitang so much, I think I will give Bulalo and Nilaga a chance.
I discovered the Galbitang at the newly-opened Kiwa Korean Grill at Solaire Resort & Casino. I have been going there almost every day the past two weeks to prepare for their press lunch held last Wednesday, January 13.
It went pretty well. My press friends came in full force and had nothing but nice words to say about the food and the restaurant. I am so grateful for their support and happy they had a great time.
The interior design of Kiwa is really gorgeous. A lot of wood, a lot of texture. A few tables even have a view of Manila Bay. Really lovely. Here are some photos I took using my phone.
Allow me to share with you some of the other dishes I have tried.Regular lunch sets start at P1,500 and rice sets go from P800 up. But COO Eddie Park said that they’re working on lunch sets that are in the P500-P700 range. Those who enjoy drinks can look forward to dishes that are perfect for soju and other rice wines. Since Kiwa is open as early as 9am, they will be releasing six varieties of breakfast sets, each to include a soup, rice and three to four side dishes, which is what Koreans typically eat in the morning.
Also lined up are special items such as lobster tail and Japanese wagyu. Expect all these after their January 28 formal launch.
Kiwa Korean Grill is open from 9am to 12mn, from Sunday to Thursday and 9am to 12 midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. Weekend hours will be extended to 2am after the grand opening on January 28. It is located at Solaire Resort & Casino, 1 Aseana Avenue, Paranaque City. For inquiries and reservations, call (+632) 888 8888 or log on to www.kiwa.com.ph. Kiwa Korean Grill is also on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.