Because the rain can’t stop from falling and ruling Metro Manila, eating spicy would stand as the comfort food for every hungry tummy. Having the knowledge that Korean cuisine is known to have a love for wolfing spicy food, my workmates and I opted to dine in Big Mama. We were literally running when we were heading to the place since the rain is starting to fall harder.
It was not my first time dining in Big Mama since my former bosses who are Koreans frequent here and so this was where they sometimes give us, my previous workmates, a treat. Now that I got a new job, I got to share to my foodie workmate that I know an authentic Korean restaurant near our office and so she wanted to try it. We also tagged three new found friends to have more fun!
The Big Mama is known as a “chicken and beer” restaurant so we ordered the chicken that costs P730 for 15 pieces. We divided the flavors to half where the other is spicy and the other half is regular. This order comes along with three dips. The chicken here is pretty promising so it should not be a miss.
The Ramyon Bokki/Rabokki (P250) is a combination of the two common favorite dishes – ramen and bokki. If you do not know what bokki is, it’s a stir-fried rice cake in a cylinder shape. The hard-boiled egg served is good to cut into tidbits and mix it with the rabokki to add more flavor to this red pepper sauce dish!
We also ordered the Fish Cake Soup (P400). Basically, this is a clear soup with fish cake, seaweed, and hard-boiled egg. The fish cake tastes like the fish balls we used to eat as a snack. Unlike fish balls are round, the fish cake is a long flattened rectangular shape and put into the sticks like how “isaw” is presented.
The restaurant is not fancy so coming into the place is less intimidating. Despite this, the place is where you would see more Koreans so you would know that the Big Mama is a great place to dine. I think the place is not much common to the Filipinos but I promise you that the food, especially the chicken is great. The price is very affordable and the serving is generous. The taste is perfect and the staff is friendly. There’s a bell in each table that you could press whenever you needed something to the waiter. Don’t expect though that the staff is formal since the chicken and beer restaurant is intended to be casual.