CHECK IT OUT: Korean Food Festival at Oakwood Ortigas

Hie off to Oakroom in Ortigas for a taste of healthy and zesty flavors from the "Land of the Morning Calm."

 

Sate your cravings for Korean cuisine at Oakroom at the Oakwood Premier Joy-Nostalg Center in Ortigas, where Korean food takes the spotlight until September 30.

Korean Chef JK Park and Demi-Chef Son-ho Choi of Oakwood Premier Coex Center in Seoul will be preparing both familiar and traditional Korean fare. Usually boiled, blanched, broiled, stir-fried, steamed, or pan-fried with vegetable oil, Korean food always includes a hot soup or stew, a variety of vegetables and banchan or side dishes, with an array of seasonings.

On the menu are dishes such as Hae Mul Pa Jeon (Savory pancake made with seafood and green onion); Jap Chae (glass noodles with beef, carrot, spinach, mushroom, sesame oil in soy sauce); Bulgogi (thin slices of US beef rib eye, marinated in soy sauce with sesame seed, sesame oil, pear, garlic, leek, pepper, sugar, rice wine with steamed rice and Korean side dishes; and Dol Sot Bi Bimbap (Steamed rice with mixed vegetable, fried egg, sesame oil and chili paste).

Try the Sam Gye Tang--a traditional Korean chicken soup with stuffed chicken with dried dates, chestnut, rice, garlic and crushed sesame seed--with its mild flavors and cooked with ginseng which is said to combat lethargy. Korean desserts are also available: Su Jeong Gwa, a sweet punch flavored with ginger and cinnamon and KKae-Gang-Jeong, a cake made from glutinous rice with sesame seed and sugar syrup.

The Korean dishes may be ordered a la carte and are available for both lunch and dinner. Oakroom is at the 6th Floor of Oakwood Premier Joy-Nostalg Center, 17 ADB Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City. Call 637-7888 for inquiries and reservations.

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