With me, every day is a food adventure. I am always in search of something new and something I can call a new favourite. Then Na D Ri came along!
At first, I thought it was a local restaurant that opted for a more local sounding name. Unfortunately, I was wrong. Na D Ri (Korean word which means ‘picnic’) is a Korean restaurant that specializes in traditional Korean cuisines. It’s a modest and quaint restaurant that reminds you of koreanovela houses.
The interior is very homey; very relaxing. Aside from such, each table is equipped with a grilling equipment that speaks forth of a traditional Dakgalbi restaurant. In short, it’s not an intimidating dining place – perfect place to be after a long, tiring day.
General Manager and Owner, Girly Jean Kim, gave us a brief history of how the restaurant came about. Having lived in Korea for 5 years, she says that her cravings did play a big factor. Other than that, she, her husband and partners, believe that the Davao market is ready to taste, savour and love the Dakgalbi and other Korean dishes. Not to mention, they serve 6 appetizer samplers and a mean Kimchi that will have you asking for more.
So, what’s a Dakgalbi?
DakGalbi is a popular Korean dish. Primarily, it is made by stir-frying marinated diced chicken strips in chilli pepper paste sauce or the more famous, agochujang. The chicken pieces are then cooked with sliced cabbage, sweet potato slices, onion, leeks, perilla leaves and rice cake (teeok). Other than the hearty feast of ingredients, Dakgalbi is cooked on a hot plate thus giving off a rich, savoury taste perfect for the hungry you.
What’s more, a Dakgalbi can be eaten in two delectable ways. One is wrapped in fresh, crunchy lettuce and the other is cooked with rice. Of the two, I love the lettuce more as I was able to neutralize the kick of spice as I take a bite. Yes, my tolerance for spicy food is just so-so.
Na D Ri is more than just their delicious Dakgalbi. They have an extensive menu that features the flavours and colours of Korean dishes that have since become local favourites. If you are not familiar with their dishes, you can always ask for their best sellers and you’ll surely love the experience.
Here’s a few of their best sellers that you might want to try. You can always tell them your spice tolerance level. Enjoy!
Jjampong Their bowl of spicy seafood noodle soup is very delicious. Without a doubt, this has to be the best jjampong I have ever tasted. The noodles are firm and the choices of seafood are cooked to perfection. It’s packed with flavours thus enabling you to taste everything in every bite. This is perfect on a rainy day and shared with friends.
Pork Bulgogi As I am not a pork eater, I let my friends to feast on this dish. According to them, the meat is juicy and gives off a texture of flavours that bursts in your mouth. All in all, they were both raving about the sauce.
Rice Cake with Cheese This is a personal favourite. Whenever I am in a Korean restaurant, this is a must! I’ve had this one on its own and with noodles. But, has never had it with cream cheese. Boy, the cheese truly made a big difference. This is a certified must try!
Korean style Fried Chicken For the chicken lovers, this is heaven on earth! It’s crunchy, tender and very juicy. Would you believe this was not marinated, not even seasoned? So, yes, do order one and give this a try!
At Na D Ri, you not only get delicious dishes, they’re served big and easy on the budget, too!
For your next Korean cravings, head on to Na D Ri House-Korean-Cuisine at Unit C13 Damosa Gateway, J.P Laurel Avenue, Mamay Road, Davao City. For reservations, you can call them up at 0927 817 7562.
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