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Samgyupsal Chronicles: Ogane

August 24, 2018

My favorite: the Beef Samgyupsal.

Shot with Canon M6 + 7artisans 35mm f/1.2 lens. ISO640, 1/50 sec., f/1.2.

 

24th day of August 2018.

Imagine how big my belly is basing from this blog post.

 

Grilled pork, that's what sampgyupsal is. My barkada loves spending Friday nights more in food places, rather than in bars and clubs. After a stressful clinic week, there will always be time for good food. By good food I mean Chinese food (have you read my blog about King Chef?), Mexican burritos (hopefully I can blog Buen Comer Poquellas the next few weeks) and samgyup. 

 

I'm currently am listening to Nobody Does It Better by Carly Simon (Theme from the 1977 Bond movie The Spy Who Loved Me) at the airport while waiting for my flight to Laoag. Somehow looking back to these photos from last Monday made me crave a little.

 

Main entrance is just found along the Boy Scout Circle in Tomas Morato Ave., Quezon City.

Shot with Canon M6 + 7artisans 35mm f/1.2 lens. ISO400, 1/125 sec., f/1.2.

Tomas Morato Ave. at night as seen outside Ogane, you can see the giant ABS-CBN signal tower from afar.

Shot with Canon M6 + 7artisans 35mm f/1.2 lens. ISO250, 1/60 sec., f/1.2.

 

Outside Ogane, while waiting for our seat.

Shot with Canon M6 + 7artisans 35mm f/1.2 lens. ISO500, 1/60 sec., f/1.2.

 

We've been back and forth at this place for almost 2 years already. The barkada, whether complete or not, as long as we have at least 4 pax., it's a definite go, no matter how far it is from our dorms in Sampaloc, Manila. To have eaten here for at least 8 times already, we still can't get this place off our go-to list.

 

Their manager, Pia, fulfilling customers' demands.

Shot with Canon M6 + 7artisans 35mm f/1.2 lens. ISO640, 1/80 sec., f/1.2.

Customers enjoying their samgyup fix.

Shot with Canon M6 + 7artisans 35mm f/1.2 lens. ISO640, 1/80 sec., f/1.2.

 The side dishes of Ogane: they serve the most side dishes, based on experience.

Shot with Canon M6 + 7artisans 35mm f/1.2 lens. ISO640, 1/60 sec., f/1.2.

 

Giving Ogane the edge is they have multiple selections of side dishes. I don't care about what they call each of them, but when I see one, I just eat. My favorite is the egg roll. All side dishes in Ogane are unlimited.

 

The author posing with a plate of samgyup. (c) Ben Manzanades

Shot with Canon M6 + 7artisans 35mm f/1.2 lens. ISO640, 1/50 sec., f/1.2.

Samgyupsal means grilled pork belly. This is where the grilled comes to play.

Shot with Canon M6 + 7artisans 35mm f/1.2 lens. ISO640, 1/50 sec., f/1.2.

 

We have a friend who is half-Korean, Tae Hun Lee (or Jake, as we call him). He introduced us to this craze, starting from our other friend's (Ben) own butane gas stove and samgyup-grill pan. We had our own samgyup set-up in the dorm and we did grill almost every week. Ben's room would also be grilled with bbq smell.

 

After a few minutes and several tong flips, the samgyup is ready to eat (still not ready at this state, though).

Shot with Canon M6 + 7artisans 35mm f/1.2 lens. ISO1600, 1/125 sec., f/1.2.

The pork samgyup ready to be cut and eaten.

Shot with Canon M6 + 7artisans 35mm f/1.2 lens. ISO1000, 1/60 sec., f/1.2.

 

What's good with most samgyupsal places is that they offer unlimited plates of pork and/or beef. Ogane makes theirs into a perfection of authentic samgyup, according to Jake, not like in other places who filipinize theirs.

 

Ogane also serves cheese, not only in some overhyped samgyupsal places.

Shot with Canon M6 + 7artisans 35mm f/1.2 lens. ISO1000, 1/50 sec., f/1.2.

 

Personally, I like eating the meat with rice, not with the traditional lettuce.

Step 1: Get the grilled meat

Step 2: Dip in both sauces

Step 3: Eat the meat

Step 4: Eat rice

Step 5: Gulp beer

Repeat. Carbohydrate + Protein + Fat. All-in-one. 

 

We would end up ordering 6-8 plates of either beef or pork samgyup before we would become full.

 

The oil and chili paste dips make it even better. (c) hands of Ceejay Orencia

Shot with Canon M6 + 7artisans 35mm f/1.2 lens. ISO500, 1/60 sec., f/1.2.

Pair it with a bottle of San Miguel Pale Pilsen. Samgyupsal is the best pulutan there is.

Shot with Canon M6 + 7artisans 35mm f/1.2 lens. ISO500, 1/60 sec., f/1.2.

The author with the store's new manager, Ma'am Pia. We've been visiting Ogane since she was still a waitress.

Shot with an iPhone 6 back camera. 4.15mm, ISO640, 1/15mm. f/2.2. 

 

Ma'am Pia was kind enough to serve us and other customers as fast and precise as she could - given our unending demands. I remember the first time we went to Ogane: she was still in the table assignment job. When asked, "How come are you not wearing the orange uniform anymore? Were you promoted?" she replied "yes", humbly with joy. That was the highlight of our regular Ogane visit last Monday.

 

I met the owner for brief moments within the past few visits, but he was not there when I took the photos above. But trust me, he is as hands-on as his employees on the job. And this may be the secret of Ogane in its success in the samgyupsal business, one of the best samgyupsal places existing in the Metro today.

 

Thank you for always giving us our needed samgyup fix (and double chins), Ogane!

 

By the time I'm posting this, I am stuck at NAIA Terminal 2 because my flight to Laoag came back to Manila because of the inclement weather (scariest plane experience so far - watch out for the vlog!). I posted mini-vlogs on Instagram (@wayenmanuel).

 

Plan your next Samgyupsal experience by reading their menu in advance here.

Ogane Restaurant on Facebook.

Address: 303 Tomas Morato Avenue, South Triangle, Quezon City

They're open 24 hours a day!

Contact numbers: 02 4107608, 02 4107706

 

 

 

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