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...
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sydney's very own korea town...

DSC_0201 in strathfield k-town, with my cousins wife and daughter

I had a chance to visit Strathfield, the largest Korea town in Syndey. It's a 20 minute drive from the city, in a very nice, quiet neighborhood...I didn't know what to expect at first, but to my surprise, it was quite lovely! I had a great time with my cousins, and they made THE 'Aussie-Korean' meal at their place-'Wallamsam' (direct translation=vietnamese spring rolls). Basically, the concept behind this is the vietnamese spring rolls meets Korean banchan, served with homemade chili sauce and crushed peanuts. You dunk the rice paper wrap in hot water, then add veggies of your choice, wrap, dip in sauce, and chow down!
Another Korean-Aussie couple mentioned this wallamsam concept a few weeks back, and explained that since there aren't too many good K restaurants here (totally agreed unfortunately), the Koreans feast on this specialty at home. Great treat for guests (lot of labor preparing for it, even though it's make-your-own), but the Koreans love it, and it's freakin awesome!!! I seriously didn't know when to stop.
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