Ask the people who know us and they would tell you that we do not like shopping, unless it's for our sons. When there's news of a sale, if it does not involve big discounts for little boy's wear, then we are going to move on.
However, if we spy promos, value meals, and/or "the next person is free" at a restaurant, then we are there in a New York Pizza minute!
On one particular Friday night, my husband and I were doing the thing we LEAST liked which was shopping for gifts for Christmas. Don't get us wrong, we love the holidays but like I said, we hate shopping. Especially with the hustle and bustle plus major traffic jams, it really turns us off.
After purchasing some gifts for goodness-we-forgot-who, we were hungry. DANGEROUSLY hungry. And all the usual restaurants were crowded. I already saw SEOUL GARDEN HOT POT from afar but did not consider it as an option since it looked a bit expensive especially being a specialty Korean restaurant and all. You cannot really blame us going to the stingy route since it WAS the holidays and we needed to save.
But getting closer to SEOUL GARDEN, we saw how customers stepping out of the restaurant were happily satiated while diners inside the restaurant were eating heartily. Imagine our surprise when after checking the menu, prices were very affordable with servings good for many people! It was almost a steal!
Hallelujah! The heavens were smiling down upon us! Perhaps this was our reward for going through that ordeal during the holidays. And after such a great meal, we were energized once more to shop till we drop for the people we love.
See? Food does that to us? We become instantly nice!!
Oh by the way, I forgot to tell you, it's not just me and Eric who ate at SEOUL GARDEN HOT POT...
Don't worry you'll see below who or WHAT the third party is.
Just in case you get terrorized, could you just focus on how great the food looks in SEOUL GARDEN HOT POT?
It's Christmas anyway so it is your turn to be nice after we just enslaved ourselves from buying the gift you SHOULD have received. :)
SEOUL GARDEN HOT POT!!
SEOUL GARDEN HOT POT meynuh!!
Roll call in SEOUL GARDEN!!
Yub, aka Eric ("My Husband's Lover"?), aka Chinese Stalker, aka Mark Anthony!! Tee hee!
Me! Aka Jaz, aka Yub, aka Ms. Pogi, aka the Wicked Witch of the South East..
Huwwweyyyt a minute....
Okay and the third party that joined us in SEOUL GARDEN HOT POT is...
Ain't that the biggest you have ever seen? It's almost as big as my nostril! Looking back at this, I don't know how I survived all the looks of pity and questions of "WADDAHELLISDAT" from everyone.
Trust me it is THAT big. It's like an alien baby was about to sprout from it. I think it latched itself at me for about 2 months. E I'm lazy to go to the derma so I have a new companion on my face.
I asked my husband if he was going to take pictures of me, it should be at my LEFT side. Of course, being the dutiful good guy that he is, he still chose to take pictures of me on ALL sides: left side, right side, and pimple side! GRRR!
Oh well... moving on...
SEOUL GARDEN HOT POT gives out free appetizers for every order of their baps and hotpots that's refillable baby! So you could munch on this while waiting for your food then request for some more to eat WITH your food! He he he he!
That's what I did...
... and the pimple. Tee hee!
SEOUL GARDEN HOT POT singkamas kimchi in special sauce...
SEOUL GARDEN HOT POT cucumber kimchi in special sauce...
SEOUL GARDEN HOT POT Crunchy Squash kimchi in special sauce...!
All of them are good and surprisingly, this one is my favorite! Even if I regularly eat squash, I never expected that it would be good as a kimchi appetizer. So I think I asked for 2 more saucers of this! :)
Yubhub checking in... BADUY MO! :)
I ordered the SEOUL GARDEN HOT POT Garlic Chicken Bap (P208.00) and it came sizzlin' from the kitchen!
The SEOUL GARDEN HOT POT serving was more than enough for 2 people with normal appetites so before mixing it, I gave Yub his half portion of rice.
My husband, a very finicky eater, does not like anything weird on his rice and would only eat servings of it without any topping!
After giving him his share, I proceeded to mix my SEOUL GARDEN HOT POT chicken rice and put in all of the trimmings, sauces, and whatever I could get on the table.
I bet you are looking at "Gigi", the GINORMOUS pimple!
It was so big, my glasses rests on it and cannot slide off... ha ha ha ha!
The Yubhub ordered SEOUL GARDEN HOT POT's Deep Fried Crispy Wings (P178.00) and we were surprised that what we got were very fat pieces of wings!!
The SEOUL GARDEN HOT POT chicken was very crunchy and juicy too! At first bite you would know that the dish was fried upon order because there was nothing stale or dry about it which you would get for food which was repeatedly re-fried!
See the plate on my left? That's Yub's safe plate -- or the SEOUL GARDEN HOT POT chicken rice without anything on it.
SEOUL GARDEN HOT POT servings were hefty! We were just hungry and traumatized from shopping that we wiped out everything we ordered!
Plus! I was eating for 2... Me and "GIGI" the pimple!
I mixed everything into my SEOUL GARDEN HOT POT rice plus all of the chili that even if I ran out of meat to eat my carbs with, everying was still so flavorful and tasty that I continued chomping on it.
Even the bones! I love nibbling on white bones!
See? Wiped out to the bone and bowl in a jiffy!
Thank you SEOUL GARDEN HOT POT for energizing us with your affordable but delicious Korean grub while we were hustlin' and bustlin' with the shoppers during the Christmas season.
The Yub, "Gigi" the pimple, and I, all thank you! He he he he!
Now if we are always promised of a meal this good and affordable everytime we shop, I wouldn't mind going through that ordeal always!!!
I also want to eat here again after writing this post!
Seoul Garden Hot Pot
4/F Robinsons Galleria, Ortigas Ave
Ugong Norte, Quezon City