Samgyeopsal craze has been unstoppable even while in pandemic when people stayed in their respective homes or condominiums.

So, what triggered this samgyeopsal popularity?

Samgyeopsal (삼겹살), literal translation: three layered meats (flesh, fat, and skin). Pork belly can be cooked in the middle of family dining table in a pan over a portable stove.

It’s best enjoyed wrapped in fresh lettuce with varieties of side dishes like, kimchi, cucumber, sesame leaves, and spicy sauce called ssamjang.

Many sources say that it all started with pop culture. It was easy for the Filipinos to have embraced the Korean culture as they have introduced their vibrant pop culture in the late 1990s.

Truth to be told, the Korean invasion in the Philippines has started when “Korean novelas” or Korean Drama and Films have started airing on the local TV networks. Interestingly, the Korean invasion, as it affects the Filipino culture has revolutionized and awakened our own Filipino telenovelas, music, and food as they bring a new taste to offer the Filipino market.

Not to mention, the famous Korean Food – kimchi, the trending spicy noodles, ramyeon, bulgogi, milk tea, and the most popular, samgyeopsal or Korean barbecue.

This trend has definitely affected our society, economically, physically, socially, and culturally.

How does it taste?

Originally, samgyeopsal has no flavor but it’s seasoned with salt and pepper while being cook. Side dishes and special sauces adds flavors on it. Best served hot!

Eating unli samgyeopsal has its fair share of good and bad effects on the body. Protein that diners get from the unli samgyeopsal is good for the body. It fuels energy and helps make antibodies fight off infections and illnesses. It also helps keep cells healthy and create new ones.

However, excess intake of samgyeopsal is not good for the body as it can be stored as fats.