November 10, 2010

DINING: Barbeking, Davao

Was pulling out of Victoria Plaza’s parking lot when a new sign caught my eye.

The timing was just perfect as my stomach was already grumbling, Korean for dinner it is!

Barbeking is a relatively new resto that opened last July 28 of this year and is owned by a Filipino doctor with a Korean chef and Korean consultants. The Korean manager greeted us at the door and within seconds we were seated. It was just past 6 and the only other patron is a family of 5, but as our dinner progresses the place was soon packed.

The menu came with an assortment of appetizers as Korean meals are noted for the number of side dishes (Banchan). Of course there was Kimchi (traditional Korean fermented dish made of varied vegetables and seasonings) some sweet potatoes, tofu, kaktugi (fermented raddish, tastes like kimchi but less spicy) and bean sprouts.

complimentary banchans

Main meal was Bibimbap, which literally translates to mixed rice. It is served as a bowl of warm white rice topped with sautéed and seasoned veggies with chili pepper paste and diced meat. A pretty deep yellow farm fresh egg yolk was at center of the dish while the veggies are laid out in such a way that the colors complement each other making the presentation visually appealing. The ingredients are stirred together thoroughly just before eating.

Bibimbap php240

We also had Sam Gyup Sal to go with our rice dish. Sam gyup sal means 3 layered meat - thick, fatty slices of pork belly, similar to uncured bacon. The meat is not marinated or seasoned, and cooked on a grill at our table. The grilled piece of meat is then dipped into sesame oil with freshly cracked pepper then to a mildly spiced bean curd paste before wrapping it with a fresh lettuce leaf together with a few slices of grilled onion rings and garlic.

Sam Gyup Sal on the grill php290

Sum Gyp Sal dip -  sesame oil with pepper and bean curd paste

fresh lettuce leaves for wrapping
JOEL the very knowledgeable and attentive waiter working the grill
ask for him on your visit

A tall glass of fresh ripe mango shake is at hand to cool off our palates when we get too enthusiastic with the chili paste.

Dishes are good for sharing and we paid 600php for the whole meal including drinks.

Haengboghan sigsa! (happy eating)

Enjoying the gustatory delights of Korea.

PRICE RANGE: php140-820
LOCATION: Victoria Plaza Compound, Bajada, Davao City
TEL. NO.: (082) 224-2238

written by MJ


  1. woohoo!!! naglinkwithin na din kayo! haha clap clap =)

  2. just had a sumptuous. dinner with friends.. 1 BIBIMBAP all for myself... its my second time and im coming back soon... ♥

  3. @ KALADKARIN: rikikay, i have you to thank for it. Share some more tips. hehehe

    @ KIMY: The bibimbap was actually really good but i have no basis for comparison since it was my first time to try it. We'll definitely be coming back soon

  4. I like your blog, Kim/MJ. Very easy to follow, clean and organized,light on the eyes and you have very informative posts. Keep it up! Now, this is making me hungry...


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