A bold move I have been waiting for just happened. The Korean cuisine have finally been assimilated to our Filipino culture with KBOP, a new Filipino-Korean fusion restaurant. I was fortunate to have participated in the Bloggers Night courtesy of Mr. Sonnie Santos last night at the KBOP Venice Piazza in Mckinley Hill, BGC with fellow foodies and I was inspired about the recognition of the new exotic dishes.
If it's a foreign concept of a multinational arriving in the Philippines, we have always accommodated everything whole-heartedly without any hesitation and it would definitely be worth supporting to have a Filipino adopt the cuisine and promote it as one of our own with KBOP now serving delectable Korean dishes at The Sky Garden, SM North EDSA and The Venice Piazza, Mckinley Hill, BGC.
Some Koreans will complain the usual "Banchan" missing before their main dish but since the concept is more of a quick, fastfood and food-to-go, the dishes are prepared for the "Filipino taste" without losing the main ingredients that makes Korean food healthy and delicious. Get your usual "Chapchae" (P100) (or rice vermicelli noodles) thinner than those served in Korean restos and a lot cheaper or grab a plate of a Kimchi Rice (BokkumPop)(P50) instead of a separate Kimchi to better appreciate the spices and the taste. It's not too spicy like those served in authentic Korean restos but the taste suits the palate of the Koreans who frequent KBOP at lunchtime.
We also had a feast of what made the Filipinos went gaga over fried chicken - KBOP Chicken (P160), sweet and tangy crispy fried chicken topped with onion leeks. It's the sesame seeds I believe that makes it so delicious and nutty at every bite.
Those on weight-watch will really enjoy this Tomichim (Steamed Fish)(P100) because it's not too spicy and the sauce is really tasty with the fresh julienne peppers and onion leeks on top. I loved the texture of this cream dory fillet with the sauce.
I was not ready to strictly follow a weight-loss diet so I've totally indulged and savored their Angus Steak Plate (P275), tender and juicy Angus beef steak strips drizzled with honey mustard sauce served with fresh cucumber slices and steak sauce. It was hard to resist and I figured the sesame seeds on top made it Korean.
KBOP also serves Korean Grille including this Pork Skewers (P130) which reminded me of the Bulgogi taste drizzled with sesame seeds and onion leeks with sauce.
The sweet ending was this very delicious Mango Panna Cotta. I would imagine the skeptics saying the dishes may be incomparable to what's truly Korean, lavish and exquisite details of preparation and presentation in every meal but what's truly worth the attention is that KBOP is a Filipino restaurant that adopted the Korean cuisine and that the concept of healthy eating of Koreans with dishes that are less oily, vegetable dishes and more importantly budget-friendly would be introduced to our fellow Filipinos in dire need to re-learn nutrition education.
We need Kimchi in our diet because it's proven to have antioxidants that help cure all types of diseases and it's rich in fiber to lessen those diseases on hypertension and colon problems. We need to introduce KBOP to our family and friends because as food-loving Filipinos, we care also about our health. Have the KBOP phenomenon reach the hearts of those who love KPOP because the teens these days need no persuasion to eat vegetables, we just need them to be educated on proper nutrition their KPOPstars have been religiously following.
KBOP is worth your time and money because it's healthy and it's Filipino. I'm definitely going to visit the KBOP in SM North EDSA for their Spicy Squid, a dish I have been missing in ages now and Bibimpop, rice topped with veggies and meat.