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5 Amazing Bingsu Desserts in Korea

My favorite thing to eat in the blistering hot Korean summer is bingsu. I’m not a huge fan of hot weather, so this popular dessert of shaved ice milk and assorted toppings is a perfect way to cool off. Starting around May you’ll see new businesses that open just for the summer, and you can assume that most of them are bingsu places. This summer I’ve noticed that a specific chain called Sulbing 설빙, which originated in Busan, has spread throughout the country. I’ve seen Sulbing or a ripoff version of Sulbing even in small towns in the country! We realized when we filmed this video that the two videos we’ve done about this tasty treat have both featured mango bingsu, so we decided to ask some friends to send us some pictures of their favorite bingsu around the country so that we could share it!

A Girl's Guide to Gangnam, Day Two: Apgujeong and Cheongdam-dong

This is part two of a two-part, two-day itinerary focusing on the best shopping, eats and cafes in Seoul's Gangnam district.  To read part one, featuring Sinsa-dong, please click here.

After having a simple breakfast and a chat with the lovely manager at your girls-only guesthouse, hop a bus or hail a taxi to Apgujeong, a short 5-10 minute ride from Garosugil.

Rich Protein Fudge Cake For One

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Chocolate Mint Thick Fudge Pudding

*My next post will be from after my Thailand vacation- look forward to something Thai inspired by the end of this week!*

This is a recipe I enjoyed a lot this summer. It was a great one to cook up then package for  a meal at work._MG_0967

Sweet Dessert Balls

Almond Butter Pudding Cake

Yet another Pudding Cake recipe…

_MG_0530And it involves nuts!


Chocolate Brownie Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin Pie Brownie adapted from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World


For the chocolate brownie 

4 ounces / 115 grams  of dark vegan chocolate, melted

Chocolate Peanut Pudding Cake

What is a Pudding Cake?

Well, it’s a term I’ve coined to describe most of the cakes/baked good I make. They aren’t quite cakes, they aren’t quite muffins, they definitely aren’t loaves or pancakes.. they are moist, dense, filling and full of fiber and protein, and are definitely delicious…and I think Pudding Cake sums them up pretty well.

Dreamy Vanilla Cupcakes with Lemon Icing

Dreamy Vanilla Cupcakes with Lemon Icing

I too have succumbed to the pixie-dream-girl contagion. Not only did I buy the cutest pink and blue apron, but I spent all Saturday morning baking cupcakes with my girlfriend. The benefit to you being this magically fluffy sweet lemon cupcake which will distract you from the cold bite of winter by reviving those flavours of spring.

In the Hood: Ehwa Women's University

There's nothing I love more than spending a lazy Sunday afternoon exploring the neighborhoods of Seoul. It seems that no matter how many times I visit an area, I'm always finding something new, whether it be a park, a boutique, or a street food vendor. So, in hopes of sharing my discoveries with other curious Seoulites and to encourage similar exploration of Seoul's districts, I've decided to start blogging about my finds by neighborhood. First up: Edae ("E" for Ehwa, "dae" is the shortened form of the Korean word for university).

Berry Grunts

Berry Grunts

 Time: 40 mins                      Serves: 4 individual or one mega monster

Berry Filling

4 cups fresh / frozen blueberries or strawberries

¾ cups raw sugar

1 tbsp. lemon juice

½ cup water

½ tsp. each cinnamon and nutmeg (optional)


Simple Biscuits

2 cups all-purpose flour

4 tsps. baking powder

½  tsp. salt

3 tbsp. dairy-free butter

3/4-1 cup soy milk

Preheat oven to 200ºC

5 Birthday Cakes!

In the past week I have had pieces of 5 different Birthday Cakes, three of them for me!
Birthday Cake #1

Needless to say I'm kind of caked out at the moment, although I didn't know that was possible.

Let Them Eat Cake

The Koreans are rock stars at making things with vegetables.  They'll give you enough veggie side dishes to fill a table and make your head spin.  They are masters at it, and have been doing it for a LONG time.  There are so many vegetables in Korean cuisine, it's so much healthier than the way I eat at home and I love it. 

One thing the Koreans don't always understand is dessert.  They're getting better, but I still don't want a gummy rice ball as my after dinner sweet of choice.

 I have a weakness for all things sweet, and that seems to be working out great at my new school.  Seriously, I don't know what it is, but we seem to have cake at Worwick all the time, and I don't mind one bit. 

ROKing Korea: Korean Well-Being Desserts

ROKing Korea is a weekly feature column by ROKing Magazine that explores Korean culture and expat life in South Korea. With the growing number of Korean-American expats in Korea, we’ve teamed up with ROKing, a bi-monthly, bi-lingual, Korea-centric magazine, to give you a glimpse of life in South Korea.

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