One of the best dinners I had last year was definitely at Yoree Korean Barbecue Dining at BGC (Bonifacio Global City). AGC, the group behind Etude House, Tonymoly, and Tous Les Jours held their media Christmas party there. Yoree is also an AGC venture.
The hot coals Yoree Korean Barbecue Dining uses to grill food remind me of a place we had dinner at in Myeongdong a few years ago. I don't know what the place was called but it was a barbecue place like this one. The coals were changed when they could no longer absorb sufficient heat.
Iced Tea (P120)
To start the evening, I ordered Iced Tea. I liked Yoree's Iced Tea. It's brewed so it tastes natural and refreshing. It's also not overly sweet, it goes well with flavorful dishes.
All the party guests had a full-course Yoree experience because each of us what was referred to in the menu as Course Dinner A which costs P1,050 per head. You need a minimum order of two before they serve it to you. Yoree's Course Dinner A started with a bowl of flavorful rice porridge called Juk. I'd describe it as the Korean counterpart of Arroz Caldo except that it's more fine and there aren't any chunks of meat in it.
It's only apt that we start off the year with new things. One such new thing I came across this early in the year is L'oreal Paris' latest makeup innovation -- L'oreal Mat Magique Matte Transforming Powder. It promises 12-hours of shine free coverage so you don't need to retouch.
L'oreal Mat Magique comes in a hot pink slightly metallic box.
I got to try it one afternoon at Sara Black's Photography Studio in Makati. It was a pretty fun event -- we got a quick L'oreal makeover and shoot with photographer BJ Pascual. I was in a rush because I had to pick up the kids from school, so when I was asked what look I wanted I told the stylists I want whatever can be done the fastest hahaha! I was done with hair and makeup in 10 minutes I think. According to the makeup artist, my correct L'oreal Mat Magique shade is G1 Vanilla Ivory. L'oreal Mat Magique Matte Transforming Powder comes in 5 shades:
G1 Vanilla Ivory
G2 Golden Ivory
R1 Rose Ivory
N1 Nude Ivory
N2 Nude Vanilla
Photo by BJ Pascual
I asked the makeup artist if L'oreal Mat Magic can be used on its own and she said yes. This is after all a full coverage foundation product.
Kwong's Provisions is my fourth Hole in the Wall feature. So far I've done Green Cheese, Scout's Honor, and Bad Bird. As most of you know by now, Hole in the Wall is an upscale food court located on the 4th floor of Century City Mall. I love how it's not like the usual mall food court. It's got this orderly streetside vibe that makes you feel like you're dining al fresco even if you're not. It's reminiscent of the Food Republics in Hong Kong and Singapore.
Anyhow Kwong's Provisions is the modern day incarnation of the classic Maki Mi and Fresh Lumpia place Ha Yuan. Yes, this is owned and run by the younger generation of the family behind Ha Yuan.
Kwong's Provisions prides itself for its "Progressive Chinatown Cooking", meaning, they try to breathe new life in all-time-favorites like Maki Mi, Fresh Lumpia, Cua Pao, etc. You order and pay at their stall where you're given this buzzer. You can pick up your order when it lights up and buzzes.
After ordering, you find yourself a table. There are a lot. There are even leather couches and a loft-like area where you'll need to go up some stairs to access. In a way, the dining ambiance you experience is up to you. Street-like? Lounge-like? Bright? Dim? It's all about location at Hole in the Wall.
Crispy Hong Ba Cua Pao (P170)
I started off my meal with a Crispy Hong Ba Cua Pao. I'm like OMG, almost P200 for a cua pao. And I thought P100 for Ippudo's Pork Bun was pricey. Sadly I didn't really feel the crispy part, except maybe for the pickled radish and the toasted mantou? It's not worth P200 especially considering I can get my favorite Pulled Pork Cua Pao or Classic Cua Pao from Ha Yuan for less than P100.