Food

Aladin Fusion Restaurant

I celebrated Independence Day by going to a dinner with my former colleagues from the Key Accounts Department at Erikagen, Inc. It was actually a farewell party sponsored by Ganch. Congratulations to his new career with another company! 🙂

While waiting for them…

I was so happy to see them again. They didn’t spare any second from telling me all about the things I missed while I was away. It was like old times. I’m just thrilled to again be in the company of good friends. ^_^
Anyway, we had our dinner at Aladin Fusion Restaurant (Aladin 24 Restaurant & Coffee Shop), which is located along the famous Aguirre Avenue at BF Homes in Parañaque City. Aladin serves a fusion of Korean and Japanese cuisine. It is mainly a Korean restaurant with a 24 hour grocery store.
Aladin 24 Restaurant & Coffee Shop
Aladin 24 Restaurant & Coffee Shop

Aladin Family Restaurant (Korean & Japanese Fusion Food)
Aladin Family Restaurant (Korean & Japanese Fusion Food)

Trivia: Last January 22, celebrities Derek Ramsay and Cristine Reyes were spotted dining in this restaurant. 🙂
They told me that it was similar to Sambo Kojin and Yakimix, wherein you can prepare your own food and cook it just the way you like it.
So there we are, half an hour after seeing each other, entering a restaurant to dine sumptuously and be merry.
Hazel and Ganch
Hazel and Ganch

Isaac and Cris
Isaac and Cris

I am not sure what the names of what we ordered are but I’ll do my best to name and describe them. 🙂
The attendant first placed a metal plate on the center of our table.
Metal Plate
Metal Plate

And then she served each of us these sauces:
Left: sesame oil with rock salt and pepper; Right: sweet paste
Left: sesame oil with rock salt and pepper; Right: sweet paste

The left one in the picture is a combination of sesame oil with salt and pepper. The one on the right is a kind of sweet paste. This is where you dip the meat with the lettuce before you eat them.
Then, we were served with various side dishes.
Korean Side Dishes
Korean Side Dishes

My favorites were the tofu slices, sweet potatoes, and kimchi. Their kimchi wasn’t that spicy… so I was able to have a taste of it. 🙂
Kimchi is the national dish of Korea. Kimchi is basically fermented cabbage in a variety of spices. The cabbage is coated leaf by leaf in a delicious spicy mix of hot pepper flakes, garlic, chives, onion, pear juice, and more. It is then able to be eaten right away (in which case it is fresh, not fermented) or you can leave it out of the refrigerator for two or three days to start the fermentation process. As it ferments it develops a rich and slightly sour flavor.
Vegetable Cake
Vegetable Cake

Vegetables, Kimchi, Tofu
Vegetables, Kimchi, Tofu

Next, we were served with unseasoned pork belly and thin beef strips.
Beef Strips
Beef Strips

Pork Strips with Lettuce
Pork Strips with Lettuce

We cooked them on the hot plate together with garlic and slices of green chili.
Samgyeopsal
Samgyeopsal

Samgyeopsal
Samgyeopsal

The proper way to eat this Samgyeopsal dish is to fry the beef / pork strips on the hot plate and then wrap it in a lettuce then dip the roll in the two sauces before taking a bite.
Beef on lettuce
Beef on lettuce

Beef wrapped in lettuce
Beef wrapped in lettuce

It really tastes sooo good! We ate a lot of these until we were so full! You can also eat the meat with steamed white rice. 🙂 Yummy!
We also ordered Japchae. Japchae is one of the most popular Korean dishes. The translucent noodles used are sweet potato starch noodles which give Japchae its very distinct chewy texture. The vegetables are all lightly cooked so they retain all their flavor. It is a very flavorful dish. 🙂
Japchae
Japchae

Japchae
Japchae

I really loved everything that we ordered. The meat were fresh and flavorful. The sauce was very good as well and it complemented the meat very well. They need to improve the quality of their chopsticks since they are easily broken. Sometimes, when you separate them, they don’t separate right down in the middle.
The restaurant has a bit of a gloomy ambiance since it was a bit dark inside but the upbeat music they were playing made up for that.
Our total bill was only around PhP 1,000! That’s just like PhP 200 per person. It was definitely value for money. Given a chance, I’d love to visit this again with my boyfriend and my family. 🙂
Isaac, Cris, and Me
Isaac, Cris, and Me

Enjoying Korean Food
Enjoying Korean Food

Me and Hazel
Me and Hazel

And to sum up everything in just one picture…

Thank you so much Ganch for the wonderful treat. Til the next one! ^_^
xoxo,
♥ Monique ♥

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