Korea is known for its plethora of dessert options as much as its piping hot stews/soups and other yummy food. It’s no wonder that we were eating constantly throughout the day, since in-between meals were peppered with desserts, and those tantalising street food options as well!
‘Nuff said, let’s dive into some of the desserts that Seoul has to offer
I was stoked when Churros 101 from Korea came over to Singapore, and I was lucky enough to get the chance to try it without having to queue! Unfortunately this was one of the things I did not manage to squeeze into any part of my trip, which was such a pity :(
However, I did get to try a couple of other Churros stalls which were really yummy too!! I really wonder how Korea does these desserts so well! They definitely surpass any of those I’ve had in Singapore, and perhaps even those in Spain! The churros here all come with substance (i.e. not too airy), yet are not too doughy and taste light at the same time.
It seems like the Samcheongdong area is a melting pot for churros because we literally saw them everywhere. Both of these places we tried were around the area, and there was also a Churros 101 outlet! The first we tried was IQ84 Churros, which was tucked in a little corner off the main street. There was a selection of churros with toppings and we went for the Almond Churros (3,500 KRW) which was freshly prepared on the spot.
The second shop, Street Churros, took a bit more effort to find as it was a few streets away from the main Samcheongdong area. And I have to warn you that the photo angle is deceiving because I was a little taken aback by the seemingly tiny portion. We went straight for the Churros with Ice Cream and chocolate sauce (3,500 KRW) and the pairing of the piping hot churro fresh out of the fryer with smooth, creamy vanilla soft serve was so good!!!! It was worth the hunt, and I’m so glad that we found it!
I can imagine you thinking that there is nothing about these waffles that looks especially outstanding. Especially when they replaced the strawberries with grapes because #wrongseason. It just makes these waffles look less photogenic. But Beansbins Coffee has one of the best waffles ever!! Made freshly upon order, the waffle was crisp on the outside and fluffy inside, served hot and topped with a really generous portion of fruit and a sweet/tart blueberry jam that I really liked! Finished with a dusting of icing powder and light whipped cream, this was a really good dessert in place of all the other cold treats on a freezing day.
Address: 10, Myeongdong 8na-gil, Jung-gu | Savoy Hotel 2F
Nearest Metro Station: Myeongdong
If there is one dessert place in Seoul that you have to try, that would be O’Sulloc! Unless you’re not a fan of green tea, that is. Otherwise, from hot/cold drinks to ice creams, cakes and swiss rolls, there is something for any matcha lover out there.
There are too many items that are worth trying from this cafe that I’m dedicating a full post for it.
4. Kiss The Tiramisu
On yet another cold day in Seoul, we stood along the streets of Hongdae savouring our Tiramisu Ice Cream (4,900 KRW). Temperatures were close to zero degrees celsius, but it was totally worth braving the wintry weather for this. The tiramisu ice cream was well-infused with coffee flavour, and was deliciously smooth and rich. Mascarpone cheese formed the base of the dessert, followed by the soft serve ice cream and drizzled with cream cheese sauce and cocoa powder. “Mix it altogether”, our friendly server told us, and so we did. The harmony of flavours was simply incredible.
Kiss The Tiramisu
366-12 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea or
79-1 Eoulmadang-ro Mapo-gu Seoul
5. Mr Holmes Bakehouse
Cronut? Cruffin?? What are all these strange names that I haven’t quite heard of. The child of a croissant + muffin, I couldn’t help but get super excited when I heard that I could get my hands on the Cruffin in Seoul! Hailing from San Francisco, Mr Holmes Bakehouse is situated in the upmarket area of Seoul, along the backstreet of Garosu-gil. It’s one of my favourite areas in Seoul, for its hipster cafes, and super chill vibes. Definitely a place that I would head back to on my next trip to soak in more of the atmosphere.
We were greeted by an alluring display of pastries once we stepped into the cafe, but zoomed in straight to the cruffins. I believe there are just two flavours on offer daily, with the regular chocolate/nutella flavour, and another which rotates on a daily basis. We were super lucky that we went on the day that they had the Earl Grey Tea flavour which had a beautifully aromatic tea scent. The croissant-like texture was wickedly crisp, and the generously-portioned filling came oozing out the moment we sliced it open. This is hands down better than any normal muffin out there.
I can’t wait to go back already, and I’m going to pack home a bunch of those other pastries the next time I visit.
Mr Holmes Bakehouse
34 Apgujeong-ro 10-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Nearest Metro Station: Sinsa
Open daily 10am-10.30pm
One of the things that Seoul seems pretty famous for is their soft-serve milk. Yes, milk, not ice cream, because the creaminess is so intense that it is much more than ice cream. Portions appear small, only because you won’t be able to stomach more of that richness even if they gave you more than that tiny cup. I really wanted to try Milkcow in Seoul, because I thought that’s where it came from. Unfortunately, F&B establishments pop up and close down at a rate that is too fast to keep up with, and we couldn’t find a single outlet wherever we went :(
Thankfully, we chanced upon Milk Gongbang while we were exploring the shops in Common Ground, and decided to give it a shot! I’m so glad we did!!! Though I don’t really have a point of comparison for this, I really loved the smooth, creaminess of the semi-solid milk that slid down my throat and tasted so soothing.
Common Ground Container Shopping Mall, 17-1 Jayang-dong, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul, South Korea, Top level
Nearest Metro Station: Konkuk University Station, exit 6
While Milkcow used to have an outlet in Myeongdong, it has since been replaced by an imitation softserve stall called Milky Bee. Do not, I repeat, DO NOT patronise that stall. We gave it a shot on our last day as I was craving more of Milk Gongbang (which was unfortunately not located anywhere nearby), and were absolutely disappointed by the bland flavour and icy texture of Milky Bee. Your calories can be invested in other goodies that are way more satisfying.
7. Choux Puffs
We chanced upon this little cream puff stall while combing the streets of Hongdae. It’s one of my favourite areas in Seoul as well, with a constant buzz of vibrant, youthful energy from the universities in the vicinity. Originating from Osaka, these choux puffs beckoned to us as we walked by, and I was pleased at how fresh these baked goodies were, with the vanilla bean custard cream piped into the puff only upon order. Many times, random finds can turn out to be great treats too!
Only the most popular Korean dessert, isn’t it??! I just had to write a separate post for it.
There are so many more churros/bingsu/softserve places scattered over the city that I simply couldn’t decide which one to try next! Do leave a comment if you have any recommendations because I’m already starting to curate my food list for the next trip ;) and if you manage to find Milkcow anywhere…please drop me a note!