Friday, September 11, 2009

The Famous Aligue Bibimbap (Talangkanin Meal) at Kaya Restaurant

Superfriend bought her own digicam recently at Rockwell Powerplant Mall in Makati and treated us (those who accompanied her to the gadgets store!) to Kaya Restaurant for dinner. This Korean dining place is one among the row of restaurants at the mall's concourse level. Upon hearing the name of the restaurant, I immediately thought about the aligue bibimbap (talangkanin meal) that got a lot of buzz a few months ago through Angel Locsin, Diether Ocampo and Sam Milby's hit telenovela "Only You." I ordered it hastily.


The popular talangkanin comes in a big white bowl. Priced at P220, it's already good for two people with average appetite. But knowing myself who can be a voracious eater at times, I had a feeling I could finish it in one sitting. And I did.


Talangkanin is not your ordinary rice toppings. For one, it does not use plain rice alone but a rice flavored with aligue (crab's fat). How rich and tasty could that be? I fell in love with my talangkanin bowl after first bite. It had just the right spice, saltiness and sweetness. It also had the umami taste that we look for in food.

The generous toppings which consist of stir-fried shrimps, squid, carrot strips, mongo sprouts (togue), auricularia (taingang daga) mushrooms, steamed spinach, and a bright sunny side-up egg all work to provide a heavy but delicious finish to the dish. If it's your first time to have a talangkanin for lunch or dinner, make sure you come to the restaurant not on a full stomach so you'll get to appreciate the meal better. Remember, talangkanin is a meal that's big in servings and even bigger in flavors so make sure to prepare yourself.

Aside from Talangkanin, Kaya Restaurant at Rockwell serves Dwelji Kalbi (grilled spicy pork ribs), Kalbi Jim (Korean beef rib stew) and a lot of other noodle soups and grilled specialties.


Dwelji Kalbi, P255


Kalbi Jim, P255

Kaya Restaurant is a good venue for a meet-up with friends. It has nice interiors and the service is faster and more friendly than other Korean restaurants I know.

Kaya Restaurant
Concourse Level, Power Plant Mall
Rockwell Drive cor. Estrella St.
Makati City
(+632) 898-0934 to 35

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