Wood Nymph: Satisfaction Guaranteed!
Having moonlighted as an English tutor for Koreans for a couple of years, you could say that I’m pretty well versed in all foods Korean. The most authentic you can get it would be when you eat at a student’s house. When you stay at the academy for long hours, the lunch spread and the dinner spread is surely going to be Korean food, too. Eating out, the most popular place for my students and their families is Wood Nymph. Twelve years ago, it was just the establishment over at Military Cut Off. A few years after, Wood Nymph, the Luneta Hill branch opened.
I never thought that I would get a taste for the hot and spicy dishes that Koreans love so much. My first years as a tutor, I had to muster all my will power to finish kimchi jjigae/kimchi soup. (It was like every time the spoon was dipped back into the soup, it became iron hot =b) Today, I could list the same food that my students raved about in conversation class as my favorites. Jumping to the present, I also got my family, P3 and Race into the Korean food bandwagon. (Ah yeah!!!)
My all time favorite Korean food is bibimbap. I also like kimbap (the complete meal in a bite *hihi). I still dream of having miyeok guk for my birthday (and okay, on regular days too *haha). Ssamjang has become a staple in the house and we use it as dressing for the fresh greens we get from the Baguio City Market. I order sundubu jjigae if I want to eat a kick ass soup. (Yes, major spicy and the tofu mixed in it gives an amusing sensation sliding down your throat.) If I get really hungry and I want to eat something satisfying, the first dish that comes to mind is samgyeopsal. That’s how sure I am of the satisfying quality of samgyeopsal.
Let me emphasize again that this would have to come from Wood Nymph. Wood Nymph serves it up with a pile of sangchu/lettuce, pajori/Korean scallion salad (ohhh mouthwatering pajori) and of course, saucers of different varieties of banchan/side dishes. You might be asking now which Wood Nymph restaurant I favor to get a good samgyeopsal spread. I would have to say, it’s the one on Luneta Hill.
We’ve been going to this restaurant for years. It’s become a hangout to the point that we became friends with the staff there. They know us well enough to anticipate how many banchan refills or plates of pajori we need at a particular visit. (Love you, Wood Nymph staff!) Sometimes, we order samgyeopsal just so that we can have pajori. (Maybe it’s more than love we feel for this simple plate of greens. Cue background music: Michael Bolton’s Said I Love You But I Lied *heeharhar).
The bottom line is that, when you want to eat a healthy and satisfying meal, the best choice is going to be samgyeopsal. Whether you get it at Wood Nymph Military Cut Off or Wood Nymph Luneta Hill, satiety is a guarantee.
X marks Wood Nymph for good Korean food in Baguio.
Military Cut Off Road
Baguio City, Philippines
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