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Sneak Peek of My PopTalk Korea In Metro Manila Trip

04/29/2013

Nyung ha se yo!

Two weeks ago, I was invited by Pop Talk, a TV show at QTV Channel 11, to join them for a trip around three most popular Korean communities in Metro Manila where you can find a bulk of Korean food places and hang-outs and give my opinion about them if the place is Pop or Not. Meaning if I recommend the place or not. This episode will be aired tomorrow, Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 10PM at QTV11 Philippine free channel.

So, as not to preempt the show, I will just give you the highlights of our “Little Korea in Metro Manila” field trip. We went to three key Korean communities namely: on Antonio in Quezon City; Malate Circle in Manila and at Makati Avenue.

I was with the host Tonypet Gaba, with actress Chynna Ortaleza and our resident Korean Eugene Cho . In this collage pic you can also see Joanna the executive producer.

A Trip to Korea in Metro Manila with Pop Talk
I’ve been passing by Don Antonio for as long as I could remember little did I know that there’s a lot of unique places to dine-in there! Just like this Korean Fast Food we stayed in for brunch: Krispy Chicken. They serve their most popular Crispy Honey Chicken in this super innovative container where drinks goes in the bottom and the chicken on top. I think this is a great movie-date munchie!  They call it Cool Pop sold at Php70.00

A Trip to Korea in Metro Manila with Pop Talk
We found a huge Korean grocery along Don Antonio too, the Wang Mart. According to the owner all items are sourced directly from Korea! I super love this grocery it’s super huge and packed with assorted Korean goodies from Korean Ice Cream, Korean Noodles, Korean drinks and snacks, to fresh Kimchi!

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Then we head to lunch at the Secret Garden which set-up indeed looks very secret, who would knew inside an ordinary facade of an ordinary building is this garden-type resto serving authentic Korean dishes by an authentic Korean “chef”. Buffet starts at Php300.00 for unlimited pork or Php400.00 for unlimited beef or a combination! Not bad eh?

A Trip to Korea in Metro Manila with Pop Talk
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While still full from that lunch, we went to our next destination, the Malate circle that I haven’t visited in ages! I think it’s been a decade! Yes that long ago! Anyway, I was surprised that the old Malate I know was hit by the Korean invasion! There’s so many Korean establishments in there. Our destination however was Go KiZip, a Korean Restauran that is open 24 hours!

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We also stopped at a KTV Bar where our Korean frien Eugene sang his heart away in Korean!

A Trip to Korea in Metro Manila with Pop Talk
Then we went to Makati Avenue, gosh the traffic!Our destination was Maru a three story Korean restaurant with very beautiful interiors!

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While in Makati we stopped by Token bar to play billiards! That place was loaded with young Korean peeps!

A Trip to Korea in Metro Manila with Pop Talk
We were done taping by 12MN! Yes look at us we are all haggard and tired! But I must say it was a fun experience, I discovered a lot of new places to take my Korean friends or die-hard KPop fan-friends.

A Trip to Korea in Metro Manila with Pop Talk
Honestly I can’t remember the names of the Korean food that we had except for Kimchi. So if you like to see what we had and what they’re called then you should watch PopTalk on Tueday, April 30, 2013 at QTV Channel 11. By watching you will know if how we rate the restaurants if they are worth visiting or not. I can’t tell you right now because I don’t want to preempt the show.  I will tell you later after it’s aired I will update this post.

How about you, have you been to the Korean restaurants and hang-outs I mentioned above? What do you think?

Stay gorgeous everyone!

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  1. This is the one you’ve been posting about in IG and FB. Looks like Maru is the most expensive among them.

  2. We’ve only eaten once at a Korean restaurant near our place, but we sure would like to try more. I’d love to bring that Cool Pop to the movies, too!

  3. I know most of the ones we visited are places I haven’t been yet so it was worth it to be one of their reviewers 🙂

  4. Hi April, It was aired last night 🙂 I dunno when the replay is tho 🙂

  5. awww yaan mo ipopost ko link sa youTube pag meron hahahaha! What I love with this “trip” was I tried new Korean dishes ! i love the Samyongsap (dunno if I spell that right) but they are delish! Pop na pop! haha

  6. oh too bad i missed this episode, i should’ve blogged hop sooner, i think! 🙂

    korean food is simply very delicious + i miss eating chap che + bulgogi! hopefully i’d be able to visit some of the places that you featured on this Pop Talk episode soon!

  7. waah shouldve known this earlier para napanood kita!!! 😀 parang lahat ng places na pinuntahan nyo e POP!! Galing mother earth! paautograph ha!!

  8. I’ve just grown to love Korean cuisine (but I’ve been a fan of Kpop for long) so I’ll definitely catch the replay for this episode! Sayang I just saw this now, di ko tuloy naabutan sa TV tonight 🙁

  9. Will definitely watch this episode; yeah! I’ve seen several bloggers guested on Pop Talk, Olga, Azrael and Sumi. Not much into Korean food, but will check out your review, cheers!

  10. Melona i think is the most popular yummy Korean Ice Cream but when you watch Pop Talk tomorrow you will find another yummier Ice Cream from Korea!

  11. We have a Korean town here in Quezon City as well. It’s along Timog Ave. I love Korean cuisine. I must visit the places you went to.

    xoxo
    MrsMartinez

  12. Yeah parang each episode may bloggers na silang kasama eh si Azrael din saka si Sai and Olga nagPopTalk narin

  13. naku Raine marami nang bloggers na nainbitahan ang PopTalk if you know Azrael and Olga nag-PopTalk narin sila 🙂 I think they’re tapping bloggers for more exposure for their show 🙂

  14. I’m not a fond of Korean food but I love to try KIMCHI. Anyway, congrats to you sis after SUmi ikaw ata ang second blogger na naimbitahan nila.

  15. Wow! ilang blogger na ha. Napanood ko si Sumi and Antonio. I hope I’m still awake at 10PM so I can watch. Ang layo lang ng restaurant, outside NCR kasi ko.

  16. Naku Ro they contacted me a lot of times na nahiya na ako tumanggi this time pero I didn’t know we are going Korean! I said yes because the first topic they said we are doing was Spa Review! Suddenly nagchange ang prod so we went to Korean restaurants and Korean hang-outs in Metro Manila! Fun naman sha!

  17. Naku Kero Thanks! ala naman yan haha. sana makita ko rin sa YouTube mukhang uber busy tomorrow and the traffic in Manila is terrible. Hmmm wala palang Korean resto there maybe you should start a business haha like ganun lang eh no 🙂 ako rin I have no idea of Korean cuisine masarap lang sha kainin! Hahaha!

  18. Ibang level na talaga, Miss earth! Congratulations!! May your laurels continue to increase.

    If there’s one thing I shoudl complain in Dubai, it is the lack of Korean supermarket and restaurants that i absolutely have zero knowledge on Korean cuisine – least for kimchi.

    manood ako sa Youtube!..stay gorgeous!

  19. Wow, your the second blogger I know who guested in Pop Talk after Sumi. 🙂 I will definitely watch the episode tomorrow mommy Earth. 🙂 I love buying Melona Ice Cream in a Korean grocery store near our office. It tastes heaven. 🙂

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