A second round at Gohyang Korean Resto at Paseo de Sta. Rosa

Gohyang Korean Resto

The annoying thing about Gohyang is, instead of soothing my feelings it just makes me miss Seoul about a hundred times more.

In the two times I visited Gohyang, I always get transported back to one of those family restaurants we frequented during our visit to Seoul. Gohyang has the same simplistic interior and homey ambiance that I grew to love about the mom-and-pop restaurants in Seoul. Too bad I forgot to photograph the interior to give you a better idea, but I think you will see it in my forthcoming travel diaries so no worries!

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Homey ambiance aside, a great thing about these kinds of restaurants is that the meals are affordable and come in really good sizes. And because the owner is normally also the head chef, you get great food with an undeniable homemade quality.

Here in Gohyang, the ahjumma owner also flits in and out of the kitchen as head chef and guest greeter. I really appreciate how Gohyang has maintained the same traditional approach as though they were opening shop in their own home country.

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And I should mention, in keeping with Korean tradition the banchan is on the house. Yassss.

The banchan dishes at the centre are more on the sweeter side of things; while the side with the kimchi as you can see is red-hued and therefore spicy. I have a pretty good tolerance for spicy things so this is the column I enjoyed the most, plus Korean fish cakes are my faves. On the right side are the more savoury offerings, and those crispy fish are yummy to munch on! The family always asks for refills of that, and I always ask for more kimchi. 김치 좀 더 주세요! 🙂

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While you’re waiting for your order to arrive, you can ask for as much banchan refills as you want. You can go for specific refills of course, but if you’ve ordered a lot of dishes like we did, I don’t think it’s smart to keep ordering banchan just because it’s free. (Unless you plan to eat it all.) Trust me, your tummy will be more than happy once you get to the main course.

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