Affordable Korean Feast At Leann's Tea House in Quezon City x Instagram Contest/Giveaway

If it wasn't for my boyfriend JV and his family, I wouldn't become an obsessed Korean food fanatic. Having to eat unlimited pork barbecue with him has now become a norm for us, and Korean cuisine has become one of my favorites next to Japanese, Italian, Chinese and Filipino cuisines.

But with so many establishments to choose from, it can be very hard to decide as to which restaurant we consider as the best. For the longest time that I have been writing about my foodscapades, I have only tried four restos, the fourth being including Leann's Tea House, which had just opened along Mother Ignacia Avenue in Quezon City, and turning out as the best out of those that I have tried before.

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There's available seats as soon as you enter Leann's
The restaurant had just opened last 5th of April, 2014, all for the love of Korean cuisine, and the owners' daughter Leann, which is the cutest little Filipino-Chinese-Korean baby girl, where the restaurant's name was obviously derived from.

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Korean inspired fixtures displayed near the entrance
As a girl with both Chinese and Filipino roots, I have only known Chinese Tea Houses. Back when I was a kid, most of the time, celebrations are made in Chinese restaurants and tea is always being served. The question you may think is this: how is a Korean Tea House different?

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Not a lot of Filipinos know that Koreans do have their own special teas as well, but this has not been much emphasized at restaurants, specifically here in Manila. At Leann's Tea House, you are sure that you can also have a different Korean food experience because of their specialty teas.

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Just like these refreshing tea drinks at Leann's Tea House, which are made from either Red Ginseng, Omija Tea, Green Tea and Black Tea. Out of the four, I loved the Omija Tea the most, not only because of its pink hue, but also because of its sweet fruity taste despite having to know that it's tea.

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But before trying these, we were all served with some traditional Corn Tea before we start our Korean feast.

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After our Korean feast, we also tried samples of their Dessert Teas as well, which are both sweet and refreshing. This is not the thing I had in mind on how to end my meal though. You can read about my other dessert a bit later.

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Honey Citron and Honey Jujube Tea
In the meantime, you can see that there are more tables at their second floor area...

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...along with interesting wall display and traditional Korean lanterns atop the ceiling...

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...or if you wanted to take your party of event to the next level (of cuisine); you can probably have a Korean BBQ Party at their 3rd floor which doubles as a function area.

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Moving on, let's get to business, shall we? We started off with a serving of Banchan, which was composed of perfectly presented Kimchi, along with a combination of Lettuce, Beansprout and Potato Salads.

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Leann's Tea House served us Hameul Jeon or seafood pancake, served with a sweet soy based dip. I just love this! The use of Korean scallions (unlike our scallions here in the Philippines, which tend to be a bit tougher) made this dish very appealing to the mouth. And I thought Scallions and Kimchi for Koreans are much like how the Italians use basil in a lot of things.

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There's always debate when it comes to good Jap Chae, but I don't want to join anyway. All I know is that Leann's version looks authentic, and it tasted really good.

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Dumplings, anyone? You can grab these Fried Mandu for only P100.00. Dumplings are always good, at least for me, so I guessed that I don't even need to elaborate it anymore.

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My love for spicy food never fades, and I proved it once again with this spicy squid dish called Ojinguh Bokkeum.

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One of the stars of the show (and also one of their bestsellers) is the Tonkatsu Kimbap. I honestly didn't like eating kimbap until I discovered this dish. It's like a full meal in each bite! Served with sweet tonkatsu sauce, I can't really tell on what else they need to change about this dish.

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Here's my first plate of everything, which I thought to be my only plate...until I started seeing more food being prepared in front of us.
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This Sweet Dak Gui is a sweet pork barbecue dish that I find perfect for kids.

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If you are a fan of Kimchi rice, the Kimchi Bokkeumbap at Leann's Tea House is sized quite hefty, so it might be good for at least two to three people.

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Leann's Tea House serves Shabu Shabu in a fairly different way, but it's still a complete meal with all the vegetables and meat combined and served with a soup base.

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Their Mixed Seafood in Soy Bean Soup (Seafood Deonjang Jjigae) also packs a great seafood punch. However, it's not spicy compared to Kimchi Jjigae, so this is a better alternative if you wanted something warm to fill you up.

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The Bibimbap at Leann's Tea House, which is just one of the many popular Korean dishes, looks really stunning that it's almost pornographic. I suggest to mix everything with a bit of chili paste to give it that mild kick that it's really addictive.

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If you think that I'm done, we haven't even got into the grilled items yet.

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Leann's Tea House serves really good quality meats that are available for grilling, complete with a plate of vegetables and traditional yet addictive  sauces such as soy bean paste and sesame oil with salt and pepper.

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See that marbling on each piece, waiting to be grilled until it melts and creates that mild charred taste. 

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No tables with installed grills here either. But I love how their grills do not need any oil at all, as it's already nonstick. What we have on the grill are the pork slices and thin beef slices (Woosamgyup).

Leann's Tea House even offers UNLIMITED Samgyeopsal and Woosamgyup for P349 and P399 respectively. They come with a serving of banchan, rice and soup.


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LA Galbi is also available, which are so yummy! These are some badass beef short ribs with a sweet marinade. I'm not really a fan for sweet marinades, but it's still good nonetheless.

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And for dessert, well, aside from the dessert teas I mentioned above, we were given these super cute packs of ice cream, like how butter is packed and sold to supermarkets, only. I got the vanilla and tried it, and it was just like the usual vanilla ice cream that we all love. But please, if it's possible that they have stocks of French Vanilla, ask for it! I describe it as an old fashioned churned-style cold sweet buttery ice cream. Thumbs up!

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If this is not your type though, Melona products are also available. If you haven't tried them, please do, especially the green melon flavor!

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Having liked their kimchi, it's actually available for taking home too! This glass bottle is sold at P180.00, which is close to 500 grams.

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Kimchi is considered one of the healthiest foods in the world. Leann's version of kimchi is not that spicy but has enough heat to liven up your palate, and it's better than what you usually get at the grocery. 

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Everything that I've tried is really good, and is enough for me to come back again soon!

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With Ms. Jiselle Chua of Leann's Tea House
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Operating Hours: Tuesdays to Sundays - 11AM to 2PM and 6PM to 10PM

For map/directions, promos and other updates, you may check out:
Leann's Tea House Official Facebook Page

CONTEST TIME!

Leann's Tea House and Nines vs. Food is giving away the following for the following winners:

- 1 P200.00 worth Gift Certificate from Leann's Tea House (2 winners)
- 1 bottle of Leann's Tea House Special Kimchi (seen below)

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Leann's Tea House and Nines vs. Food Giveaway IG Contest

Rules:
1. Follow these pages below:
2. Post a picture on your Instagram account of one of the dishes that you would like to try from my Leann's Tea House post.
3. Tell us why you like that dish and add our official contest hashtag: #leannsonnvf
4. The three best answers/entries will be picked on October 15, 2014. Winners will be contacted through their Facebook and tagged on their IG accounts.



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