sweet summer eats in seoul

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...

Best Bingsoo:

Coffee Smith (in the heart of Garosugil street, Sinsa-dong)

Gangnam-gu Sinsa-dong 536-12SeoulSouth Korea


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 Ggom Jang Uh' 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 is 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!

공평동 꼼장어-(Gong Pyung Dong Ggom Jang Uh)

종로구 공평동 120-2-(Jong-no, Gong Pyung Dong 120-2)


*Please note, the neighborhood is Gong Pyung Dong, in the Jong-No area, and the restaurant name is the same.

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