|Mr. Kimbob at Southmall, Las Pinas City|
I said to her that I have been a long-time customer of the now defunct, Kimchi Restaurant and that this stall pales in comparison with Kimchi.
Kimchi did not have many cuisines on its lineup. They have barbeques - chicken, pork, beef, and squid that were cooked in a hot circular iron plate. They have beef kalbichin that I ordered once in a while, and they were great!
Mr. Kimbob has many loyal customers and there is hardly any time of the day when people do not flock to their stall in Southmall. This is confusing to me, as I cannot understand why lots of people would like something that I find ordinary.
I first had their Chicken Mix a few weeks ago, and it tasted like any sweet and sour pork that anyone can buy in Chinese Restaurants.
Mr. KIMBOB Food Stall-Southmall, Las Pinas
The friend told me to try their bestseller, Bibimbop. Who knows, I may turn out to be a convert and change my initial negative review.
Well, that's what I did today- I gave it a second chance. I ordered Beef Bibimbop and paid P99 for the meal.
The result? I still don't like it. It looks like a Chinese fried rice with vegetables and meat. I could have cooked a better version of this meal at half the price.
What is wrong?
Most Korean, Japanese, and Chinese Restaurants have their own spices and condiments, so the taste would mostly differ from one venue to another.
Filipino entrepreneurs, come up with these same names, but do not bother to use those special spices/condiments, thinking that people will not notice it . Well, I did --- and I feel disappointed.
What they did come up with was their own version of these dishes, made a nice presentation of the meal, and that's just about it!
If I have to try new kinds of food, I better try it in localized places like those found in `the Ayala-Alabang area. I can never find the right mix and taste by going to fast food stalls like those in Southmall.
|Beef Bibimbap at Mr. Kimbob|
It may be more expensive, but I am assured that I will get the pleasure of enjoying my meal.
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