K-Town comes to Manila at Soban

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Culinary masterpieces continuously evolve to cater to ever changing consumer palates. Master chefs and innovative food experts alike always find ways to put new twists on classic dishes, sometimes redefining the cuisine in the process. Such is the case for K-Town cuisine.

In Soban K-Town Grill, one key inspiration it longs to share with the Filipino market is combining traditional Korean techniques and recipes with ingredients and flavors all over the globe, to produce one-of-a-kind dishes. Here is the characteristic of the Korean food evolution happening in K-Town communities over L.A, New York, Hong Kong and more, led by Korean immigrants with ties to the past and to the present. Set to revolutionize the local food scene, Soban K-Town Grill graces the Philippine shores with offerings—some familiar while others unique—for a redefined Korean dining experience.

The brainchild of the collaboration between Mr. Sung Rah, Sariwon Korean Barbecue’s award-winning restaurateur from Seoul and the Happyfoods Group behind Sariwon Philippines, Soban K-Town Grill is the first of its kind in the country. It is a place where one can grill pork (samgyupsal) and chicken (dak galbi) barbecue, marinated in six mind-blowing flavors, explore a line-up of scrumptious K-Tacos (Korean tacos) and Korritos (Korean burritos), and enjoy such delectable dishes in a hip restaurant ambiance that can easily become the new neighborhood joint.

A gastronomical treat fit for the books and closer to home 

Meaning “small tray or table” in Korean, Soban K-Town Grill’s menu reflects its culinary vision of providing quality, yet affordable food by weaving traditional Korean ingredients and techniques with American comfort food, dashed with the Mexican street food culture.

One can start off the gastronomical adventure with a 6-Flavor Samgyupsal Set, 540 grams of grilled pork belly goodness. Good for 3-4 persons, this house specialty comes in classic original, fruity, and chili bean flavors while the soy garlic, doenjang or Korean miso, and wine flavors are subject to change depending on the season.

The 6-Flavor Samgyupsal Set is 540g of pork belly strips good for 3-4 persons and served with unlimited rice, salad, soup, and egg roll appetizers for Php1,420.
The 6-Flavor Samgyupsal Set is 540g of pork belly strips good for 3-4 persons and served with unlimited rice, salad, soup, and egg roll appetizers for Php1,420.

The Solo Samgyupsal and Dak Galbi Sets are also a certified feast for the senses. Available in 90g, 120g, and 180g servings, one can choose to grill from six luscious barbecue flavors for the pork set, while the chicken set offers the fruity, spicy, and doenjang flavors.

Solo grilled pork belly set available at P355 for 120g, with 90g and 180g options at P315 and P405 respectively.
Solo grilled pork belly set available at P355 for 120g, with 90g and 180g options at P315 and P405 respectively.

Two other delicious selections are the Dak Bulgogi Set with caramelized boneless fried chicken and the Jeyuk Deopbap Set with stir-fried spicy pork belly rice bowl topped with fried egg.

Solo grilled chicken set is only Php325 for 120g. 90g and 180g sets are also available for Php310 and Php360, respectively.
Solo grilled chicken set is only Php325 for 120g. 90g and 180g sets are also available for Php310 and Php360, respectively.

All these affordable set meals are served with unlimited white rice, salad, soup, and egg roll appetizers with an optional upgrade to the signature Kimchi fried rice.

Get a ramen fix with beef ramyeon—a Korean ramen made with homemade fragrant bone marrow broth topped with beef strips for only Php135.
Get a ramen fix with beef ramyeon—a Korean ramen made with homemade fragrant bone marrow broth topped with beef strips for only Php135.

For those looking to eat light, appetizing, and enjoyable dishes, the A la Carte Noodles menu offers Gematsal Ramyeon and Beef Ramyeon—a Korean ramen made of homemade bone marrow broth—topped with a choice of crabstick or beef. Also available is a bouncy and perfectly-textured Japchae—stir-fried Korean vermicelli noodles with assorted vegetables.

Grab a hold of the beef korilog rice bowl—beef bulgogi with kimchi fried rice topped with a fried egg—for only Php135.
Grab a hold of the beef korilog rice bowl—beef bulgogi with kimchi fried rice topped with a fried egg—for only Php135.

For the A la Carte Rice collection, one can savor the mouthwatering Chicken Teriyaki Bap and Beef Bulgogi Bap—mixed rice with assorted vegetables and fried egg in a sizzling bowl. For something closer to home, explore the beef and chicken Korilog rice bows, the Korean tapsilog and chixsilog, resting on kimchi fried rice and topped with fried egg.

Kimchi Fried Rice

If these food coma-inducing K-Town Grill offerings aren’t enough to surrender one’s taste buds to Soban, grab a hold of something from Mr. Sung Rah’s line-up of personal favorites, Sung’s Picks, which promises an explosion of special flavors in every bite. These include the crowd favorite Kimchi Fries, K-Taco and Korrito.

A Mexican burrito with a Korean bite, the Korrito is a soft flour tortilla treat with fresh lettuce, kimchi, sour cream, cheese, kimchi fried rice, and a choice of Korean barbecue meat—spicy chicken, pork, and beef bulgogi—only for Php180.
A Mexican burrito with a Korean bite, the Korrito is a soft flour tortilla treat with fresh lettuce, kimchi, sour cream, cheese, kimchi fried rice, and a choice of Korean barbecue meat—spicy chicken, pork, and beef bulgogi—only for Php180.
Smothered with cheese, roasted pork bits, and kimchi, the kimchi fries is good for 2-3 persons
Smothered with cheese, roasted pork bits, and kimchi, the kimchi fries is good for 2-3 persons
Available for only Php75, the K-Taco or Korean taco is made of soft flour tortilla with lettuce, kimchi, sour cream, cheese, and a choice of Korean barbecue meat—spicy chicken, pork, and beef bulgogi.
Available for only Php75, the K-Taco or Korean taco is made of soft flour tortilla with lettuce, kimchi, sour cream, cheese, and a choice of Korean barbecue meat—spicy chicken, pork, and beef bulgogi.

Soban’s offerings are generous in serving, but most importantly, in taste and experience. As the only K-Town Grill in town, with affordable, value-for-money prices, and a hip ambiance to dig in the flavorful dishes, Soban is definitely the choice for a go-to neighborhood joint.

 

 

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Lariza Garcia

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