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Monday, March 12, 2018

South Korean food specials featured in Spiral Manila's Flavors of the World


For the month of March, Sofitel Philippine Plaza and Spiral Manila will feature a Seoul-ful gastronomy this March 12-17. The Korean Atelier of Spiral Manila will expand its South Korean dishes for a week and it will be under the culinary touch of Korean Master Chef Hyeon Cheol Joo
from Ibis Styles Ambassador Seoul Yongsan – Seoul Dragon City.

Chef Joo will be there to do a modern take of traditional Korean dishes. If you are familiar with the traditional Korean food then check the new flavors here at Spiral, I also suggest that you try the "KFC" Chef Joo's Korean Fried Chicken.


Spiral Lunch rate is at Php 2750 nett
Dinner is Php 3200 nett

There's also a Kpop party on March 16 at Snaps Bar, rate is at Php 699, over flowing drinks and Korean food

Check out the schedules of Flavors of the World:

Seoul When It Sizzles: Cooking Demonstration | 12 March 2018 | Spiral at 11:30am
Experience a culinary adventure and witness Chef Joo as he presents a cooking demonstration while
you enjoy a leisurely lunch. Get an exclusive peek on how to prepare classic Korean recipes: Soymarinated Blue Crab, Braised Pork Belly with Soybean Paste Sauce and Fresh Korean Cabbage
Kimchi. Rate is set at Php3,500 nett.

K-Pop Party | 16 March 2018 | Snaps Sports Bar at 9pm to 12 midnight

Join the Hallyu wave and wear your most colorful outfit for a fun-filled K-pop party featuring a resident DJ to spin the hottest Korean tunes. Enjoy free-flowing soju and local beers set at Php699 nett per person, best paired with sumptuous Korean fare available à la carte.

Flavors of Korea | For the month of March 2018 | Le Bar at 5pm

Taste the signature flavors of Korea as Le Bar features traditional dishes from the Land of the Morning Calm for the month of March 2018. Feast on a selection of authentic Korean culinary favorites including Beef Bulgogi, Spicy Braised Chicken and Seafood Pancake. Rate is set at Php799 nett per dish, available Mondays to Fridays, 11am to 7pm.

For inquiries and reservations, please call F&B Reservations at +63 (02) 832.6988 or email H6308-

Cocktails with Chef Joo | 17 March 2018 | Club Millesime at 5pm
Indulge in Korean canapés prepared by Chef Joo during cocktails at Club Millesime. Discerning
gourmands get a chance to meet Chef Joo and learn more about his featured menu. Cocktails at Club
Millesime are exclusive to guests checked in a Luxury Club Room or higher room categories. Escape to a tropical oasis with your family and loved ones without leaving the city.

Room rates for Luxury  Club Room or higher room categories start at Php12,400+++.
For inquiries and reservations, please call +63 2 551 5555 or email
Chef Hyeon Cheol Joo (2)

About Chef Joo

Chef Hyeon Cheol Joo is the head chef of Korean station of In Style, Seoul Dragon City's international buffet restaurant. He started as a young chef in Gyeonggi-do in South Korea and he earned a silver medal for winning the Korean cuisine category at the International Young Chef Challenge 2013. Chef Joo won the gold medal in the Korean cuisine category at the Seoul International Food and Tableware Festival 2015.

He was the commis chef at Ritz-Carlton Seoul in 2013 and travels around different countries - China, Turkey and also the Philippines to promote Korean cuisines. Then he became the Master Chef of Seoul Dragon City in August 2017, and his known expertise is fermentation and the technical process of ripening fruits. He takes pride in sourcing fresh, local ingredients and cooking dishes based with red pepper paste, soybean paste and soy sauce which are most representative of South Korean cuisine.

In Spiral Manila, Chef Joo specialities will be feature, such as: Bulgogi (Sauteed Sliced Beef
Sirloin with Mushroom), Grilled Deodeok (native Korean root vegetable) with Red Chili Paste and two kinds of kimchi—Diced Turnip and Fruit Kimchi, Fresh Korean Cabbage Kimchi, Seafood-Spring Onion Korean Pancake and Bean Curd-Shrimp Korean Pancake

Opening Day of Flavors of the World: Seoul-ful Gastronomy at Spiral Manila

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Korean traditional costume on display at the lobby of Spiral Manila.


BJD Dolls wearing Korean costumes

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Filipina wearing Korean costume performing a traditional dance, they are a member of a Korean Culture group.

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Sofitel Manila Manager Adam Laker and Chef Joo

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Another set of performance of members of the Korean Culture group


Upon entering the Spiral dining area, we tried this refreshing apple juice drink with mint.

Here are the food at the Korean Atelier, prepared by Chef Joo 


Braised Beef Short Rib Stew with Vegetable


Sauted Sliced Beef Sirloin with Mushroom (Bulgogi)



Galbi, Korean Fried Chicken and Grilled Chicken








Sweet Pumpkin Porridge


Spicy Pork Rib and Kimchi Stew


Grilled silver cod with soybean paste sauce


bulgogi salad with mustard dressing


stir fried glass noddle with assorted mushroom

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Chef Joo showed to us on how to make a Bibimbap, now we learned to make the sauce more sweeter we should use corn syrup and not sugar.

Thanks Chef Joo for that tip.

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 Spiral Manila is open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Visit the Korean Atelier to enjoy the Flavors of World specials and food prepared by Chef Joo.


Sofitel Manila, South Korea Embassy with Celeb Sam Oh and Dasuri Choi.



Me and my wife Lace doing the heart finger symbol.


Foodies enjoying the best of South Korean dishes prepared by Chef Joo. I think this will be our farewell lunch session with Kat Nocom, we're sad that she will leave Sofitel this month, but we are happy that she will be transferring to another hotel brand. We'll still see each other, because whenever our friends go, we are always there to support them.

My recommendations:
I suggest you try the KFC, its so crunchy and the spicy fried chicken is much more different from the popular fast food version in malls.

Ok that's my food blog feature of the week!
Feel free to comment if you love the Korean food in Spiral Manila. I will be back there again this Thursday to try another set of food prepared for the month in observance of the seafood sustainability program of various resto, hotels and resort in the Philippines.

Azrael Coladilla is the blogger and founder of Azrael's Merryland Blog. 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 the founder of several online communities - Manila Bloggers Network, Philippine Bloggers Network, Oh My Food! community, Cavite Bloggers, Travel and Blog Community, and Philippine ToyCon. Azrael's Merryland Blog is included in a list of top 50 Blogs in the Philippines , ranked 65th in Top 100 Blogs that Matter , 49 must read lifestyle blog in the Philippines. and rank 40th in 100 Top Philippine Blogs by Feedspot.
He loves to travel, explore, discover, eat new food, document and record his life, meet new people, do photography and collects Transformers toys.
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