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Trying the Cheeto’s Krispy Kreme in Korea


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Krispy Kreme in South Korea has come up with a unique combination of flavors: the Cheeoto’s Doughnut!

The Cheeto’s Pop (치토스 팝) is one of four flavors in Krispy Kreme’s ‘Cheese Holic’ campaign, which is currently running. Other flavors include a nacho cheese donut, cheddar cheese donut, and a tomato and chili cheese flavor donut.

We tried these four flavors out and reviewed them for those of you who don’t live in Korea.

Be sure to check out what we thought about them!

 

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Top Five Foods to Eat to Beat the Summer Heat


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To see our full review of the top five foods to eat in the Summer in Korea, first watch this video!

 

Summers in Korea can be quite difficult to handle. As the temps soar, everyone does what they need to do to stay cool. This might include going to a public sauna for a public bath, blasting the air conditioner, or using a portable fan.

However, Koreans also use food to help them stay cool. Today we will look at five foods that help Koreans beat the summer heat.

 

  1. Ice Cream

While ice cream obviously isn’t unique to Korea, it has a special culture, unlike what we foreigners may be used to. Ice cream is consumed in all four seasons, and at any time of the day. It can be found in a multitude of varieties in convenience stores, served in a cafe, or, in this case, at an ‘Ice Cream ATM’.

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The ATM is outside of Baskin Robbin’s in Seoul. Users pay 3300 Korean Won (approx $3 USD). They can pay by cash or credit card. In just a few moments, a container of ice cream is delivered. A small spoon is included as well! It’s an amazing invention!

Baskin Robbin’s is located all around Korea. This ATM was located in Hannam Dong, Seoul.

 

2. Bingsu

Bingsu is like a more sophisticated version of a traditional snow cone. It has a base of finely shaved ice, and is topped with a variety of ingredients. I tried the ‘pineapple bingsu’ from a place called Tokyo Bingsu in Seoul. The shaved ice was topped with a pineapple mousse, pineapple bits, and pieces of waffle cone.

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The bingsu was light and refreshing. While sweet, it wasn’t overly sweet. It made the perfect mid-day snack without being too heavy.

In this video I visited Tokyo Bingsu (10 Noksapyeong-daero 46-gil, Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul). The price of the pineapple bingsu was 11,000 KRW. Check out Tokyo Bingsu’s website here.

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Pineapple Bingsu from Tokyo Bingsu

 

3. Samgyetang

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Samgyetang is a chicken soup that is eaten in the summer. A whole young chicken is stuffed with rice, ginseng, and a jujube. The samgyetang is served boiling hot in a stone bowl. A variety of side dishes are included to enjoy with the soup.

Koreans often believe that it is best to beat heat with heat (fight fire with fire!). Therefore, they enjoy this boiling hot soup to refresh themselves on a hot summer day. They believe it gives them stamina to get through the hot days.

The restaurant in this vlog is called ChoonChu Samgyetang. The price for the meal was 14000 KRW. Location information: (삼계탕전문점 춘추 : 서울시 용산구 대사관로 52, 2층) ChoonChu Samgyetang: Seoul, Yongsan Gu, Daesagwan Ro 52, 2F.

ChoonChu Samgyetang has no official website.

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Menu for Choonchu Samgyetang

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4. Nangmyeon

Literally translate, nangmyeon means “cold noodles”. Nangmyeon is buckwheat noodles in a broth of yuksu, which is a bone broth. The noodles coming cold with ice floating in it. These noodles are topped with sesame seeds, gochujang (red pepper paste), half of a boiled egg, daikon radish, and cucumbers.

There are two varieties: mul and bibim. The only difference is that mul nangmyeon has broth, while bibim nangmyeon lacks the broth.

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Enjoying a refreshing bowl of nangmyeon

I recommend ordering mandu (steamed dumplings) to complete the meal.

The restaurant I ate at in this vlog was called DongA Nangmyeon. They have multiple locations all around Seoul.

This location (동아냉면) is located in Itaewon (265-576 Bogwang-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul). The basic price is 5000 KRW.

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A refreshing bowl of mul nangmyeon

 

5. Watermelon

 

What can I say about watermelon that hasn’t been said before? It’s yummy, it’s refreshing, and it’s healthy. It is the perfect summer time treat!  Koreans love eating fresh watermelon in the summer. It is often eaten on picnics, and shared in the office with co-workers.

You’ll also find plenty of watermelon-flavored foods including juice, milk, ice cream, and shakes.

 

With all of these amazing foods, it might be hard to know what to eat first! One thing’s for sure, though. Summers in Korea are HOT, and you’ll definitely find yourself looking for any excuse to eat any of these foods to stay cool!

 

 

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I Tried the Starbuck’s Avocado Frappuccino – Exclusive to Korea!


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20180701_125917See my full review by watching this vlog!

Over the years, avocados have been a tricky thing to acquire in Korea. They were imported into the country, but the locals weren’t very familiar with them. Therefore, they were expensive, and often not great quality. This made for many sad foreigners who missed guacamole.

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The avocado frappuccino is a part of the summer promotions at South Korean Starbuck’s locations.

Things have changed, however. And these days avocados are plentiful in Korea. Buying avocado toast or guacamole isn’t impossible anymore.

Starbucks, as they tend to be good at, decided to jump on this avocado bandwagon by creating the ‘avocado blended’ aka – the avocado frappuccino.

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The avocado blended frappuccino comes in one size only (tall) and retails for 6900 KRW ($6.50 USD)

At first glance, this looks like a real avocado, pit and all! However, what you are actually consuming is a frozen yogurty base. They blend real avocado to give it that authentic taste and appearance. The ‘pit’ is actually a hollow ball of chocolate! The green color comes from, well, avocado.

The avocado blended frappuccino was initially released 3 years ago. However, due to popular demand, it has made a limited-time comeback.

The flavor is what you’d imagine: avocado, sugar, and yogurt. While I wouldn’t say I loved it, I would say that if avocado is your jam, you should check it out.

The avocado blended frappuccino comes in one size only (tall) and costs 6900 Korean Won ($6.50 USD).

If you’re visiting Korea and want to experience the most Instagrammable drink since the Unicorn Frappuccino, you’d better hurry! This avocado blended frappuccino is only available for a few weeks, and at participating locations in South Korea.

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The avocado blended frappuccino comes with a chocolate “pit” and a ring of syrup to make it look like a real avocado!
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The avocado blended frappuccino is available exclusively at Starbuck’s in South Korea. 

 

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Beat the heat with the avocado blended frappuccino, available at participating Starbuck’s locations in South Korea.

For more information, or to use these images, please contact me. 

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[BONUS] Full Performance KARD in Seoul (June 23, 2018)


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Enjoy a performance by the K-Pop group KARD!

I shot this on Jun 23, 2018 (180623) in Seoul.

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On June 23, KARD (members B.M, Jiwoo, J.Seph and Somin) performed in Seoul, South Korea. They were performing as part of the World Cup celebrations in Seoul.

KARD performed two of their hits before leaving the venue (pictured above)

I filmed this footage with my Galaxy S9 phone. All images and videos belong to me. If you would like to reuse them, please contact me at tastesseoulgood@gmail.com

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Meeting Megan Bowen and KARD concert at Korea vs Mexico World Cup event


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On June 23, Korea faced Mexico in the World Cup. While Mexico ultimately beat Korea, those of us in Seoul still had a great time cheering the team on.

I was invited to an event with other foreign residents. It was sponsored by #iseoulu and was held in Seoul Plaza.

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Those who attended were given free gifts including a t-shirt, tumbler, and an interesting head band thingy.

The event started with various K-Pop cover groups dancing to popular songs. Most of the groups were actually from abroad. I assume they were flown to Korea to perform for this event.

There were both boy and girl groups. Everyone was quite impressive and energetic. It was easy to see that they are passionate about K-Pop.

After that, we were treated to a performance by the group KARD. They performed two of their hit songs before leaving. If you’d like to see their performance, see the video above.

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kard leaving their concert in seoul south korea

After that concert, I headed over to Megan Bowen’s meet and greet. I have watched her video for years, and it was fun chatting with her for a few moments.

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Overall, it was a long but fun day! Although Korea lost the World Cup match, I still had a great time watching the 2018 K-Pop cover dance festival, KARD, and meeting Megan Bowen!

For more info, watch the video above.

 

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The most creative burger joint in Seoul- Mil’s Burger


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Recently, I ran across a burger place on Instagram. I knew it was near my work place, and figured I should check it out. As much as I love eating local food while abroad, sometimes I just gotta have a little taste of home.

Mils Burger is a 2-story restaurant located near Samgakji Station. Conveniently, it is also located right by an entrance to the Yongsan Army base. The restaurant has an Army theme, which truly sets it apart from other theme restaurants. I sat on the second floor, which had an old-school bed, and various uniforms and other 1960’s memorabilia.

The restaurant serves different types of burgers and sandwiches, along with beer.

I opted for the Air Force burger, which had a fried chicken leg, lettuce, cheese, onion, and sauce. The sauce was sweet and spicy. The chicken was nice and juicy. My only complaint is that the sandwich had a bit too much sauce, which made it very difficult to eat. A little less sauce would have made the sandwich much better.

The owners of the restaurant are very nice and inviting. They also speak English (and have English menus).

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Overall, if you’re looking for a cool place with good food to eat around Itaewon, you should head to Mils Burger in Yongsan Gu!

To reach Mils Burger, take the subway to Exit 11 of Samgakji Station. Walk straight 100 meters. It will be on your right side.

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If you are going to the War Memorial of Korea, you should plan to stop by!

Address: 210-2 Hangang-daero, Yongsan Gu, Seoul, Korea 04353

 

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Myeongdong’s best restaurant (Seoul)


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Recently, I visited ‘Sinseon Seollongtang’ (신선설농탕) in Seoul. Located in the heart of Myeongdong, you won’t be able to miss this shop due to the long lines that await patrons eager to enter this shop.

The restaurant has been serving seollongtang since 1981. For those who might not know. seollongtang is a milky-white soup that is made by boiling ox bones for many hours. The soup contains big pieces of meat and is topped with chopped green onions.

The restaurant allows customers to enjoy as much kimchi and pickled radish as they’d like. Beware, though, the kimchi packs a bit of heat!

The prices for the soup start at 8000KRW, which is very affordable for a meal.
Myeongdong has plenty of places for visitors to eat, including some of the best street food in the country. However, this soup is perfect on a cold winter day, or even just for a light lunch on a hot day.

I recommend trying to visit when it isn’t peak hours, as the line to enter can be quite long. The shop owners and servers do speak a bit of English, and the menus are in English as well.

For our full review, check out our YouTube video.

Sinseon Seollongtang:
신선설농탕
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Location: 56-1, Myeongdong-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul 04537, South Korea
Telephone: +82 2-777-4531
Directions: Myeongdong Station, exit 6. Walk about 300 meters.

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Visiting Seoul’s BEST Dog Cafe!


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If you have ever been to Seoul, you’ll know that there is a coffee shop on almost every corner! In addition, coffee is sold in convenience stores in a variety of ways.

Seeing as there are about 2 bazillion cafes in the city, owners have to come up with new and interesting ways to gain customers. You might find yourself at a Charlie Brown cafe, a cafe with live sheep or raccoons, or even a poo cafe (yes, really)!

My favorite cafe to visit on the weekend is located in Itaewon. It is a dog-friendly cafe called 3239 Cafe. My pups and I love visiting the cafe. I find myself with a nice Americano (iced, thank you), while the doggo gets to play with his friends and run around.

This weekend we visited 3239 and documented our adventures. Check it out!

If you’re interested in visiting this great dog cafe in Itaewon, Seoul, you can find the address in the description box of the video!

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