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Fun food find: Ssiat hotteok at BIFF Square, Busan
Aug01

Fun food find: Ssiat hotteok at BIFF Square, Busan

Advertise Here BIFF Square gets its name from the Busan International Film Festival. This annual film festival is one of the most prestigious film festivals in Asia. BIFF Square was the original location of the BIFF, which started in 1996. Although BIFF Square no longer plays hostess to the prestigious film festival — it was moved to the newly built Busan Cinema Center (영화의전당) in 2012 — the square is still a busy place, lined with a...

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Summer Treat: Brownie Cup-Bingsu
Jul01

Summer Treat: Brownie Cup-Bingsu

Couldn’t resist this one at Cafe Goodovening. They’re primarily a cupcake cafe. We have two interesting things going on here. Patbingsu in a cup Brownies! I ordered one today. Rainy season’s about to hit us hard tomorrow, so I’m getting this one in now while I still have two hands free outside. It looks pretty much like the picture. The brownies are a little cakey with some walnuts. I had to carefully work my...

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Can Jian Eat a Patbingsu Bigger than Her Head?
Jun17

Can Jian Eat a Patbingsu Bigger than Her Head?

It’s summer! Patbingsu season has arrived. It looks like we’re again seeing more fruity variations on the shaved ice treat. Still, the English translations are not using the obvious “shaved ice” moniker and are going for the awkward misleading names of “ice flakes” and “sherbert.” Maybe it’s just me, but the prices seem to have relaxed a bit compared to last year’s glut of...

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TRENDWATCH: Schneeballen
Jun17

TRENDWATCH: Schneeballen

These have been popping up in various places around Seoul. They originate from Rothenberg, Germany, one of my favorite places in Europe, but I had not seen them when I lived in Germany. It does look like they do have some copycats jumping on the trend, though. They come in different sweet and savory flavors. I got one that was coconut and banana, and it was a good choice. So, what the freak are they? The best I can describe it is...

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Myth: Choco Pies were Invented in Korea
May14

Myth: Choco Pies were Invented in Korea

Everyone’s crazy about Choco Pies in Korea. Even North Koreans are. There is a lot of pride taken in this confectionery. It’s assumed in Korea that the Orion company invented this type of treat. That’s why articles like this irk me. Food makers frown at Lotte’s copycat behavior Choco Pie has been a legendary snack for nearly 40 years since Orion created it in 1974. The two small, round chocolate-covered layers of...

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Nosh of the Day: Poop Bread
Apr25

Nosh of the Day: Poop Bread

Was giving an all-day private tour yesterday. One of the things we had was Insa-dong’s Ddong Bbang (“Poop Bread”). It’s a lot like IngeoBbang/BungeoBbang (the fish-shaped pastries). It’s a pancake batter cooked in a mold and filled with red beans. Just shaped like a pile of dog poop. The first time I saw these was at the Samziegil Building in Insa-dong. There was a stand on the ground level. Now...

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