Jewel (of A Meal) in the (Korean) Palace
What could be better than a meal of samgyeopsal? (My old Korean students must be thinking of their favorite dishes, right now. Shout outs to you, kiddos – who are not so kiddie anymore! (“,))
The answer: An eat all you can meal of samgyeopsal!
At Korean Palace (or Kung Jeon or Koreano Palasyo =D – says so on the sign facing the road coming to South Drive), they not only serve samgyeopsal but also a buffet of grilled meats. So more than pork cuts, they also provide marinated pork and US beef belly – all for P350/person.
After much preparation (fasting for a few hours =b), Race and I headed to the Korean Palace to give their grilled buffet a try. Walking into the establishment, we were met with a feast. I have never seen such a large display (or large containers full) of side dishes, pajori, meats and ssamjang. (It seems that the owner of Korean Palace also had a great collection of tongs, scissors and saucers of every shape and size – everything you need for an honest to goodness Korean meal. )
Our attendant(s) let us get started. I made sure we had everything on our table and Race went on grilling duty. Before all the meats were cooked, we already had mouthfuls of side dishes (marble potatoes with a generous sprinkling of sesame seeds, just the right tang for the kimchi, juicy radish cubes), pajori (sweeter than Wood Nymph’s version), and salad (with red-skinned radish and violet cabbage and a tasty – and pretty dressing – it had a purple/pinkish tinge to it).
With the meat perfectly grilled, away we went with wrapping these pieces in leaves of romaine lettuce. I still like the original samgyeopsal better – samgyeopsal gui. Must be due to the cold weather that the oils on the beef strips hardened quickly. The marinated pork was Race’s bet. ^^, The marinade seeped into the meat nicely where you wouldn’t need to put much ssamjang (Korean Palace’s is a bit runny but don’t let that fool you, it’s still flavorful) in your ‘wraps’.
I went a little crazy putting stuff on our plates, forgetting that there was a ‘no leftover policy’ in place. It’s a P500 charge for leftovers. Our fasting paid off, however, because we didn’t leave a morsel when our meal ended. As you would guess, we were then exceptionally sated. (We had to walk it off – South Drive to home. I’m so glad Baguio is a wonderful place to go walking. Oh yeah! \m/)
Korean Palace also has offerings a la carte. Our regular orders are kimbap and bibimbap (Can’t go wrong with these (“,)). Don’t forget the banchan!
X marks Korean Palace for good food in Baguio.
Food: grilled buffet; a la carte
Service: Thanks to the attendant who accommodated my questions. Kudos to the head waiter, too. He carried himself so regally, I had an image of how the maitre d’s at fancy restaurants (in other countries) would carry themselves – regal but not snooty, alrightie; there is a difference. Thank you so much, guys! (“,)
Price: eat all you can; a la carte
***They’ve got some beautiful traditional Korean costumes hanging by the door that you can wear for a photo op after (or before) your meal, too. I wanted to get into one but then, it crossed my mind, the photo would totally rock with more people (in costume) in it. =D So I’ll be back with my foodie posse. *hee
Baguio City, Philippines
***Jewel in the Palace episode summary, here: daejanggeum.blogsome.com/jewel-in-the-palace/
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Good morning, Jill! *hihi I’m glad you like them. Thank you for the support! Have a nice day! (“,)
Hello there, zyvet! I’m glad you enjoyed this blog. Thank you! Fan ng Jewel in the Palace? *hihi Have a nice day! (“,)
Wow, you had a quite a feast there! Looks great!
Hello, sue! We sure did. Wee, samgyeopsal craze! Thank you for allowing me to trackback this blog to your “My Korean Kitchen” blog! Have a nice day! (“,)
Hi I am planning to treat my parents here on my Mom’s birthday.. Just want to ask if what time ang start ng buffet nila and until what time po?? and Anu anu po yung mga meat na kasama sa buffet?
Thank you po sa mga blog na ginagawa nyo it’s been very helpful 🙂
Hello damian.verdin! As I recall when we called them to make a reservation (446-7557) and asked about the buffet time, they just told us to come anytime. I think 11:00 a.m. would be a safe bet and that buffet would go on for the whole day.
Take note, it’s a weekend buffet so schedule your visit for Friday, Saturday or Sunday so you can eat your fill. *hihi
The meats they have for grilled buffet are pork belly (traditional samgyeopsal), US beef belly strips and marinated pork.
Thank you so much for reading my blog! Advance happy birthday to your mom! Enjoy your Korean Palace experience! Don’t forget to take a family photo in Korean costume. *giggles (“,)
hi just wanna ask about the korean palace in baguio if reservation is really needed for the buffet or we can just go there anytime? thankyou
Hello there! I think it’s safer to make a reservation although when we went there and gave them a call beforehand, they just told us to come. You might like to consider the day you plan to go, there might be lots of people if you come at Panagbenga season/holiday season, etc. Just so they get a heads up and you get a heads up. *hihi
Thank you so much for visiting the blog! Have a nice day! (“,)
Bukas p po b kau
Bukas pa po ba tong resto n to
Hello, Mhel Zing! Last we went walking by South Drive (July 30), they were still in business. Happy Baguio food quest! (“,)
Buffet lang po b meron dito or may ibang options? Tnx po 😉
Hello there. We haven’t been to Korean Palace in ages but they do have a la carte stuff on the menu too the last time we were there. I hope you have a great time at this Korean resto, whenever it is you plan to make a visit. (“,)
Hi Xine, nice post a usual.. what do you think is the best Korean restaurant in baguio now? we are planning to go there in 2 weeks time and would love any advise from you. thanks in advance! 🙂
Hello, Soc! The best Korean restaurant for me would still be Woodnymph in SM. Love the samgyeopsal there as well as the consistency when it comes to service. Let me throw in another one I like: Ummason, Mother’s Hand. Hope this helps! (“,) Happy Baguio vacay and Baguio food trips in two weeks! *hihi
Hello can i ask if you can pay only one per head for example you will only pay for just one person. And you will eat in a group of three for sharing purposes because you can not finish it all.
Hello there, Aileen! I haven’t been to Korean Palace in a while, but the price for buffet (P399 now) is really per head. You just get what you can finish (also because there’s a leftover charge). I think they still have stuff a la carte too but most likely, you can’t share with your companions who don’t avail of the buffet. Hope this helps. Happy eating at Korean Palace and elsewhere! (“,)
Thanks. Very much.
You’re welcome! (“,)