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Sunday, July 21, 2013

Woo Galbi: Korean House restaurant in East Wing of Shangri La Plaza

Woo Galbi Korean House restaurant in East Wing Shangri La mall  - photos Azrael Coladilla
I featured the food of Woo Galbi before here in my blog, you can read my food photos teaser here at http://azraelsmerryland.blogspot.com/2013/03/food-photos-of-woo-galbi-korean-resto.html . I’m happy to hear that their restaurant is now open in East Wing of Shangri La Plaza mall. I’m still a newbie when it comes to Korean food, but my experience with Woo Galbi gave me lots of new knowledge about Korean food.

The food tasting and teaser few months ago is an awesome experience, I haven’t attended yet any food tasting sessions before but the experience brought me more interest to try more Korean food here in the Philippines.

Woo Galbi Korean House restaurant in East Wing Shangri La mall  - photos Azrael Coladilla
So Woo Galbi is now here….with a subtitle – Korean House restaurant. I think they put that sub just to let everyone know that it is a Korean restaurant.

Let’s check out inside….

Woo Galbi Korean House restaurant in East Wing Shangri La mall  - photos Azrael Coladilla
Interiors are unique in design, I like the wooden design floor and table, the walls of the restaurant is all made up of wooden blind, you can shut it close if you are near it and want to hide people from outside that you’re having a Korean food fest. The lights hanging are beautiful, its just metal prism with lots holes with bulb inside it.

Woo Galbi Korean House restaurant in East Wing Shangri La mall  - photos Azrael Coladilla
and here’s the menu and my plate

Woo Galbi Korean House restaurant in East Wing Shangri La mall  - photos Azrael Coladilla
Here I am enjoying a Korean version of a maki roll - I just learned that Koreans don’t dip this to a soy sauce with wasabi like the Japanese, not sure with the info, but just inform me if Koreans do that their maki rolls.

Here’s their menu…I’ll just glued them here na lang for your reference

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The text in their menu is so small..and there’s no photo sample of the food, so its hard to order here if you don’t know what kind of food you are looking for, but I suggest you ask the waiter so that they can describe the food for you, or read my blog here to give you an idea what the food they offer there in Woo Galbi.

Woo Galbi Korean House restaurant in East Wing Shangri La mall  - photos Azrael Coladilla

In every table they offer free side dishes, I remember that in a traditional old Korean food resto that I visited 5 years ago, they serve a lot of side dishes, but here they offer 6 kinds of side dishes for FREE.

Woo Galbi Korean House restaurant in East Wing Shangri La mall  - photos Azrael Coladilla
Iced Tea and Mango Shake

Woo Galbi Korean House restaurant in East Wing Shangri La mall  - photos Azrael Coladilla
Sam Gyup Sal Ssam... Woo's Version (Php 351)
Slow roast then grilled pork belly

Its like a lechon kawali meat on top of a rice ball, it looks Japanese, but this is Korean style. The meat is very thick and big and I need to cut it first before I eat it with a rice ball. For those who have big mouth, I’m sure you won’t get the same problem that I encountered. But having a big slice of meat on my table is good!

Woo Galbi Korean House restaurant in East Wing Shangri La mall  - photos Azrael Coladilla
Tteok-Galbi Sliders... 3 Hefty Mini Burgers (Php 275)
- beef meatballs with pickled veggies, Woo Galbi's own ssam sauce and pepperoncinis
Woo Galbi Korean House restaurant in East Wing Shangri La mall  - photos Azrael Coladilla
+ fries
Its lunch time!! but this one looks like an appetizer. You can eat or run while carrying this small burgers + fries. I’m sure kids will love this small size burgers. And the man-size food fans will cry out that they want more of this….the meat is good added with that raddish kimchi.

Woo Galbi Korean House restaurant in East Wing Shangri La mall  - photos Azrael Coladilla
Galbi Jjim (Php 465)
- braised angus shortribs to perfection
This reminds me of a local resto below the mall… but tastes more salty and sweet, so pure and rich of Korean beef stew sauce. My fave food of the day.. I’m glad that this plate sat infront of me on the table.

Woo Galbi Korean House restaurant in East Wing Shangri La mall  - photos Azrael Coladilla
Bulogi Woo Special (Table Top) Beef Belly (Php 478)

Here’s a new Korean food that encountered here in Woo Galbi. It’s a sliced beef belly roasting on top of this platter with cover, added with water and also veggies on the side. Its like a shabu shabu cooking style, but more different.

Woo Galbi Korean House restaurant in East Wing Shangri La mall  - photos Azrael Coladilla

The waiter helped us cook this, he told us that the beef will be cooked on top – like grilling on this special hot plate with cover.

Woo Galbi Korean House restaurant in East Wing Shangri La mall  - photos Azrael Coladilla

The water will reach its boiling point, cooking the veggies and you have to continuously pour the hot water into the beef, just like giving it a nice hot bath. The beef will add more flavor to the soup and veggies. Cooking time is around 15 minutes. Its fun to have this in our table, but I suggest you get a small bowl if you will eat this and not mix the soup with your other meal.

Woo Galbi Korean House restaurant in East Wing Shangri La mall  - photos Azrael Coladilla
Beef belly meat is now cooked and ready to eat.

Woo Galbi Korean House restaurant in East Wing Shangri La mall  - photos Azrael Coladilla
I can't remember if this is Spicy Tuna Roll or Eel and Avocado Roll
Woo Galbi Korean House restaurant in East Wing Shangri La mall  - photos Azrael Coladilla
Woohoo! Roll (Php 345)
- poached prawn with veggies roll topped with woohoo sauce
Korean rolls are much the same with the Japanese roll, but here… the resto didn’t offer those soy sauce, but the Woo Galbi’s Korean rolls comes with a wasabi, not sure if they forgot to give one soy sauce bottle at the table. But I told the waiter to bring one for me.


Woo Galbi Korean House restaurant in East Wing Shangri La mall  - photos Azrael Coladilla

And then I discovered that Koreans don’t dip their rolls in a soy sauce with wasabi..bec. its Japanese style. oohhhhhh.

Woo Galbi Korean House restaurant in East Wing Shangri La mall  - photos Azrael Coladilla
Its just a start for me to try Korean food again… I will explore more and blog it here.
I want to go back to Woo Galbi.. I hope they improve their menu – like add more food pics,
its hard to order if you don’t know the look of the food, for experienced Korean food lovers, it will be just a normal ordering habit.

Woo Galbi is on soft opening since they opened in June 2013. Its fully operational, but I think they are learning bit by bit and adapting new effective suggestion from their customers who love Korean food.
Woo Galbi : Korean House restaurant
visit their Facebook page for news and promo - http://www.facebook.com/WooGalbi

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Azrael Coladilla is the blogger of Azrael's Merryland. This blog started as a personal blog in 2003, and then converted the blog into a lifeblog about his interest and reporting about pop culture, lifestyle, entertainment, technology, food, travel, toys, outdoor adventure, internet and social media. Awarded as the 2009 Most Influential Blogger for Luzon, Philippines, awarded by the Philippine Blog Awards. He is a full time blogger and photographer and freelance events organizer, social media specialist and marketing consultant. He is the founder of several online communities - Manila Bloggers Network, PBNetwork PH, Oh My Food! community, Cavite Bloggers, and Philippine ToyCon. He loves traveling, eating, watch movies, meet new people, photography and collects Transformers toys.


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