Over the past few years, Korea has become a very popular destination among foreigners. Many immigrants from Southeast Asia now call South Korea home. In Busan, you can meet many people from the Philippines and thankfully, they brought their food with them to Korea. In this article, I want to share information about a great restaurant where you can find Filipino food in Busan.
What is Filipino Food?
Filipino cuisine is a unique blend of Spanish, Chinese, Malay, and traditional Philipino cuisine. Popular Filipino snacks include lumpia (spring rolls) and adobo (stewed meat). Common Filipino ingredients include garlic, vinegar, and soy sauce. Many of these traditional Filipino dishes can be found in restaurants located in Korean cities. And they are definitely worth a try!
You will find a lot of simple but flavorful and healthy dishes in Filipino food.
What Do Filipino Restaurants in South Korea Offer?
Filipino restaurants in South Korea offer a variety of common dishes such as lechon (roast pork), pancit (stir-fried noodles), and sinigang (sour soup). Some restaurants offer specialty dishes such as beef kare-kare (oxtail stew) and bistek (pan-fried beef). Many restaurants also offer unique features such as karaoke and live music.
Why Visit Filipino Restaurants in South Korea?
Visiting a Filipino restaurant in South Korea is a great way to experience Filipino culture. The dishes are flavorful, unique, and offer a taste of home for Filipinos living abroad. Plus, if you want a break from Korean food, Filipino cusine is a fantastic option.
Additionally, the variety of foreign food available makes these restaurants an attractive destination for visitors from all walks of life. Many restaurants also offer unique features such as karaoke and live music, making them an ideal destination for a night out with friends or family.
Mabuhay Filipino Restaurant in Busan
This restaurant is placed not so far from Busan station and in the same area as Texas street and China Town. The name of this restaurant is “Mabuhay”, it is a greeting, “usually expressed as Mabuhay!, which literally means “long live”.” [Wikipedia]
This place is very authentic. While I, as a Russian may not be the best judge, my Filipino friend said that in this restaurant he felt the real atmosphere of his home.
The menu is very varied, and you can choose any type of meat, soup, main dishes, and dessert. Prices are not super high and almost the same as in Korean places.
As in many Asian countries, rice is at the heart of every meal. At “Mabuhay” you can choose from regular rice or garlic rice. I recommend choosing the garlic one to make it even tastier. For some people, the food might be too salty because Filipinos prefer a bit saltier than Koreans.
Many Filipinos love to sing, so karaoke is an integral part of many Filipino restaurants in Korea. This restaurant is no exception. So if you have a desire, you can tell the staff and they will give you a microphone. No private karaoke here!
Another advantage of this restaurant is that they sell a lot of Filipino products: snacks, spices, canned food, cookies, noodles, dried fruits, and much more. Payment for these products is by cash or bank transfer only. You can pay for the ordered food as usual by card. Therefore, if you are from the Philippines and miss your home food or you just want to try something new, then be sure to visit this restaurant in Busan.
Mabuhay Restaurant Address: 13, Jungang-daero 195 beon-gil, Dong-gu, Busan Korean address: 부산 동구 중앙대로195번길 13 Operating Hours: 24/7
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