Korean culture has been a big influence here in Metro Manila, and that includes our love for their cuisine. Of course, we don’t always have the luxury to eat at expensive restaurants all the time, especially when the K-craving calls for us.
To make it easier to satisfy our cravings, here’s a list on some of the coolest places where you can get affordable Korean meals for as low as ₱87 and not more than ₱250!
Kko Kko – multiple branches
Owned by Grace Lee, Kko Kko is a modern restaurant that serves authentic and reinvented Korean favorites such as their Dosirak, Cheese Fondue, and Snow Chicken.
What to order: Volcano Rice (P188), Japchae (P188), Cheese Kimchi Siomai (P168)
Black Kimchi by Kraver’s Canteen – multiple branches
Thank God for Kraver’s Canteen, a cloud kitchen that counts Black Kimchi as their Korean food spot. Their dishes are affordable, but don’t skimp on quality and taste! Best for petsa-de-peligro days!
What to Order: Black Kimchi with Rice (P99), Samgak Kimbap (P119), Tangsuyuk Rice Bowl (Korean Sweet & Sour Pork) (P149)
BonChon Chicken – multiple branches
From international franchise to local favorite, BonChon Chicken has turned into a household name thanks to their signature Korean fried chicken, bibimbowls, and other explosive flavors. Easy, affordable, and downright delicious, take your tastebuds on a culinary trip at BonChon!
What to order: Crispy Mandu (P87), 1 pc Chicken Boxed Meal (P127), Crispy Squid Boxed Meal (P215), Beef Bulgogi (P204)
Leann’s Tea House – Quezon City
Find a variety of Korean favorites at Leann’s Tea House, where each dish is generously packed with Korean goodness for a price that’s not too bad on the budget. Each bite is comforting, delicious, and so sulit!
What to Order: Jajangmyeon (P230) Dakgangjeong (P210) Omurice (P180)
Big Mama Korean Restaurant – Makati
Big Mama is big on flavors for a price that won’t hurt your wallet! Satisfy your ramyun cravings and have a plate of satisfying kimbab for less than P200 each!
What to Order: Shin Ramyun (P150), Kimbab (P150)
Soban K-Town – multiple branches
Soban K-Town Grill is a Korean joint that serves unique Korean-Mexican fusion dishes, like korilog, korrito, and more. Read our full feature here.
What to order: Gimbap (Php 95-170), Beef Ramyeon (Php 250), Dak Galbi (P165), Pork Bulgogi Bap (P195)
Sibyullee – multiple branches
Sibyullee, being the third concept of the Happy Foods Group and award-winning Korean restaurateurs Mr. Sung Rah and wife, Mrs. Yoo Chang, serves modern Seoul BBQ and street food dishes like the Volcano Kimchi Fried Rice, Galbi Cheese Barbecue, Tornado Potato, and more.
What to order (available for take-out): Salt and Pepper Samgyupsal Solo Meal (P215), Goblin Roll (Php 210)
Kim Chee – Marikina
Kim Chee is a humble Korean restaurant in Marikina that serves affordable yet scrumptious Korean meals that will lift you up any day!
What to order: Tteokbokki (P180), Kimchi Jjige (P230), Sampgyupsal (P230)
Gaja – Poblacion
Gaja Korean Kitchen offers a contemporary take on traditional South Korean recipes. Their dishes are absolutely indulgent and packed with the best of Asian flavors. Although mostly expensive, there are still a few budget meals on their menu that are worth every peso!
What to order: Bulgogi and Kimchi Mandu (Php 250), Doenjang Mushroom Risotto (Php 280)
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