I’d like to imagine that the food everywhere is great to someone and boring to everyone else, everyone else being the people who live there. Having lived in Korea for the past four years, I feel like I’m in a perpetual state of being in-between. Every new dish feels like either a trek through the mundane or a parade through the unknown; a gastronomic parade, a deliciously gastronomic parade.
For the month of August my girlfriend over at Seoul Searching decided to compile a list of her favorite shaved ice desserts. Shaved ice being a Korean dessert stable known as bingsu (빙수) with a variety of toppings and flavors and… well, varieties. Her search took us all over Seoul, a month of traveling about. Delicious fruit sorbets and milk tea shavings and red beans with rice cake constituted my weekends even as chocolate fondants and cranachans were obliterating my weeks.
Fruit Sorbet @ Haba Cosina
Orea Green Tea Bingsu @ Pas des Deux
Oreo Fries (Fried Oreos) @ Newyork Apartment
Rooibos Milk Tea Bingsu @ Damas
Mercifully (and, maybe, a little thankfully) my month of delicious desserts and sugary confections has come to an end I don’t have to dream of strawberries in cream with mangoes, red beans, and sorbets piled on a tiny mountain of dreams. Delicious, but… well, nothing, just delicious. I can’t wait until the next one.
Taking photos of food has become an international pastime, no matter where you go or what you eat there are going to be people taking photos of their food. It’s a common sight from cafe to convenient stores and it’s easy to see why. Especially when I find a photo of a hotdog or cheeseburger on Instagram with hundreds of likes.
For the past few months I’ve been taking advantage of my job at Chip’s Maps by taking every opportunity I can get to take pictures of food, drinks, and desserts; most especially, the desserts. For month of July, it was one dessert dish after another for the cover story, “Sweet Summer.” I headed all over Itaewon to get some great sweets along with a bit of whisky. Unexpected treats aside, it was a great way to spend a month.
The Red Velvet Cheesecake & Amaretto Cheesecake @ Twiga
The Chocolate Fondant in English Custard @ Battered Seoul
The Cranachan with a Laphroig cream @ Battered Seoul
August macaroons @ Gaia
Tiramisu topped with chocolates @ Gaia
All in all, one of the better months I’ve had. Even if it was mostly due to a massive intake of cream and sugar. It’s hard not to recommend every one of these great places. If you’re ever, in the area I’d recommend stopping by Gaia for their August desserts, Battered Sole for their Cranachan, and Twiga for their awesome cheesecakes.