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Mar31

Premium Kimbap?

Food trends in Seoul these days tend to center around foreign cuisine. I was happy to find that we are finding new innovations with Korean food in the humble kimbap. This one is long overdue. Kimbap is almost but not quite like a sushi maki roll but filled with meats, pickled radishes, and fresh vegetables. The choices for kimbap have been limited in most places, generally regular, cheese, canned tuna, kimchi, and beef. Sometimes you...

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Review: Schneeballen Korea's Schneeball Cookies
Oct13

Review: Schneeballen Korea's Schneeball Cookies

Like any city, Seoul goes through seemingly random food trends and fads. Once such a trend hits, you’re bound to see the same food or dish almost everywhere from street food carts to even high end restaurants sometimes.   One such trend that has arrived in Seoul recently is a type of German cookie/pastry called schneeball. From what I’ve read online, this cookie is traditionally made by taking rolled out shortcrust...

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Cronut Copy found in Seoul

So, the news came out that Dunkin’ Donuts in Korea and The Philippines is the first corporation to try to mimic Dominiq Ansel’s famous cronut that’s the hit of the summer in New York, calling it a “New York Pie Donut.” (A Korean company wary of intellectual property infringement?) Deh Tow on Facebook was able to score one and took the pictures above. He tells us, “Satisfying…warm,...

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TRENDWATCH: Sugar Cane Juice

You can tell when a vendor has had some success at one of the many food expos during the year. It looks like sugar cane juicers hit it big. There are three major areas where I check for street food trends, Insa-dong, Myeong-dong, and Hongdae. I first saw this in Hongdae last month, and I saw it again last weekend in Myeong-dong. Last year it looked to be fresh squeezed lemonade and, to a smaller extent, coconuts with straws stuck in...

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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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Bamboo Salt Almonds
Oct12

Bamboo Salt Almonds

As I mentioned, I need a mid-afternoon snack. I find that a bag o’ nuts does me fine. My usual mixed nuts I couldn’t find at E-Mart. But I saw these. Aw, I had to try it out. Bamboo salt is a Korean way of making salt by putting brine into bamboo and roasting it over a fire multiple times. It’s supposed to have a lot of health properties. I’m not so sure about that–until we actually see the scientific...

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