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Kyotofu Seoul December 22, 2010

Filed under: seoul,seoul-desserts — seoulinthecity @ 1:54 pm

warm miso chocolate cake @ kyotofu-hannam dong

Kyotofu– the award winning Japanese dessert and sake bar from New York made its mark in Seoul!

This new family member in Hannam-dong (next to Itaewon) has definitely made a statement.  Took me a while to drop a visit, even though I was working right next door! The two visits I made, absolutely amazing!  Their signature dessert-sweet tofu is something that is a must…along with their tofu tiramisu and their warm miso chocolate cake.  I am happy to admit, I think they  have one of the best desserts in Seoul! Not to mention Anthony’s sweet hospitality (one of the partners), always make us feel at home 🙂

Next agenda: weekend brunch and to hit their sake list!

Kyotofu Location:

Yongsan-Gu, Hannam-Dong 682-1 1F, Seoul, Korea
Tel: 02-749-1488

Line #6, exit 3 (walk about 100 meters) to your left side

curried chicken salad with cranberry @ kyotofu

yummy desserts @ kyotofu

signature sweet tofu

signaure sweet tofu with kuromitsu syrup at kyotofu...just discovered this, and my life is just not the same anymore!

tofu tiramisu at of the best tiramisu's ever!

fancy beef donburi-kyotofu

truffle sake mac & cheese-kyotofu

inside kyotofu


sweet summer eats in seoul… July 25, 2010

Filed under: seoul,seoul-a little bit of everything...,seoul-desserts — seoulinthecity @ 5:02 pm

yogurt berry bingsoo at coffee smith (garasugil) my absolute favorite!!!

This summer I’ve been eating a whole lot of bingsoo, which is a Korean shaved ice dessert.  It’s normally served with red bean paste, fruits, rice cakes, ice cream…but the popular bingoo in Seoul these days is green tea bingsoo (along with other flavors such as yogurt, coffee, etc) with nuts, red bean paste, and ice cream.  The red bean paste is usually on the bottom, so you have to mix it well to get the full effect.  Is there anything better than eating  bingsoo on a hot summer day in Seoul???  Absolute addiction…

green tea bingsoo at coffee smith-garasugil

i sooo wanted to eat both by myself!

great vietnamese iced coffee at 'little saigon'

pho at 'little saigon' garasugil...known to be one of the best in seoul!

waited in line for 40 min. to eat 'buldak' spicy chicken at 'gong pyung dong' restaurant in jongno

‘Gong Pyung Dong’ is a tiny restaurant in the Jongno area, that specializes in ‘buldak’-extremely spicy chicken cooked over fire.  They do offer other items such as spicy squid and pork.  However, they are best known for their chicken.  This spot that’s over 20 years old,  located on a corner near the bustling downtown business district of Jongno.  While waiting in line, you begin to wonder why this place still has their original facade, with an interior that never had a facelift either!  Quite the charm that customers love and will return to, not just their amazing food.  The long wait was worth every minute!

grilling outside...they cook the meat before they serve it on your grill

'buldak' spicy chicken

green tea bingsoo at sugar bean lloyd cafe-garasugil

enjoying green tea bingsoo sugar lloyd cafe-garasugil

garlic squid cooked in foil...amazing!!!

enjoying chicken dukboki and garlic squid

spicy chicken at 'kuai' restaurant (garasugil) sooo good!!!

nice spread at 'kuai'

handmade dumplings at 'kuai'

'Tosokchon' samgaetang (chicken soup) restaurant in gyungbokgoong (exit 2)

preserved ginseng

alas...the best samgaetang (chicken soup) in seoul!

samgaetang served with shots of ginseng liquor