1223 Grill - Your Affordable Samgyeopsal Haven in Pasig

You might have heard it before - samgyeopsal (삼겹살) or grilled pork belly is getting more famous nowadays. Pasig is just one of the luckiest cities in Metro Manila to have a Korean restaurant like this.

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The Korean fever has for quite some time been in the Philippines. Koreans are presently not only wherever in the nation - especially in Boracay, Puerto Galera and Baguio City. They are likewise quick being overshadowed by their own way of life. In a peaceful town at the fringe of Pateros and Pasig City between Brgy. San Joaquin, 1223 Grill is verification that Korean cuisine is already accepted in the local neighborhood scene.

But what is the difference of this Korean restaurant to others?

So me and my friends, went to this Korean food place and see what it can offer to us.


👍 Budae Jjigae (army stew)
👍 Tteokbokki (spicy rice cake)
👍 Saeng seon jeon (pan fried fish)
👍 Spicy chicken and pork with cheese

Our verdict?

Budae Jjigae (army stew)

It was my first time to try this Korean stew. It was prepared uncooked to us. So before you can enjoy it, we have to heat it using the provided stove to us.

The stew is noodle-based seasoned with some vegetables and processed food such as spam and hotdogs. It is perfect when it's hot.

The bowl is good for sharing for 3-4 persons (maybe 5, depending on how much you can eat). :D


  • Army stew or army base stew (Budae Jjigae) is Korean fusion stew that incorporates American style processed food such as spam, sausages, canned baked beans and sliced cheese.
  • Budae (부대) is a general term for a military base in Korean and Jjigae (찌개) is a term for soup/stew. Hence the word army stew or army base stew was born.
  • Soon after the Korean war (in the early 1950’s), food was extremely scarce in Korea, so those surplus processed foods from the US military bases were a great supplement for Koreans.
  • Among the US military base areas in Korea, Uijeongbu, an hour north of Seoul, is most famous for this stew.

Tteokbokki (spicy rice cake)

This one is 1223's newest dish. Thanks to its owner, they let us taste it try it. The rice cake is good when it's hot. I love its sauce. The spice is just spot on. This one is good for sharing.

Saeng seon jeon (pan fried fish)

This is Korean version of fried fish. I assume it is like a fish fillet covered with "breading", a perfect match to 1223's sour cream.

Spicy chicken and pork with cheese

What I really love with this set meal is the hot cheese sauce! Winner! (See the video below) The chicken and pork are 1223's finger food, I suppose. It's a good "pulutan"  if you are into drinking (this restaurant serves some Korean alcoholic drinks like soju). The best way to eat them is when you dip it one by one to the hot cheese. Really mouthwatering!


Of course, their best-seller - their 299 pesos unlimited samgyeopsal! 

Here's a short description of this famous Korean cuisine:

The literal meaning of the Korean word samgyeop-sal (삼겹살) is "three layer flesh", referring to striations of lean meat and fat in the pork belly cut appearing to be three layers.
In Korea, the word samgyeop-sal meaning "pork belly" often refers to samgyeop-sal-gui (grilled pork belly), in the same way that the word galbi meaning "ribs" often refers to galbi-gui (grilled beef ribs). Gui refers to roasted, baked, or grilled dishes.
One can also find ogyeopsal, with o meaning "five". Ogyeop-sal includes the skin of the pork belly, unlike samgyeop-sal where the skin is removed. This corresponds with Chinese word for pork belly, wǔ huā ròu (五花肉) or "five flower meat", as the Chinese pork belly usually includes the skin part.

What I really love about this food is, you decide how you grill the meat, what to put in it, how many of which side dish you'd like to eat - it's a complete customize eating!

If you are not yet convinced, watch our short video clip here:


How to get to 1223 Grill, Pasig


📍 1A F. Angeles St., Buting, Pasig City
⌚ 2pm - 12am


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/1223-Grill-1721718131202356


1223 Grill Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
Selfie with the owners of 1223 Grill.


Pasig is a city in the Philippines. Located along the eastern border of Metro Manila, Pasig is bordered on the west by Quezon City and Mandaluyong; to the north by Marikina; to the south by MakatiPateros, and Taguig; and to the east by Antipolo, the municipality of Cainta and Taytay in the province of Rizal.
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