Savor the Season at Strawberry Dessert Buffets in Seoul

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It may sound odd while it’s still freezing outside, but strawberries are in season in Korea during this time of the year. Thanks to advanced agricultural technology, strawberries are available from winter through spring in the country – in fact, winter strawberries tend to be sweeter than those from their natural season.

To savor the seasonal fruit to its fullest, many of the renowned hotels in Seoul hold strawberry buffets in winter through spring. Although they tend to be expensive, easily exceeding 50,000 KRW, many wait for the seasonal buffet for its wide variety of strawberry desserts and the availability of the freshest seasonal fruits. Most importantly, it’s a great way for food lovers to savor the season and greet the New Year!

If you, too, want to dive into the pool of strawberries, here is the full list of Seoul’s hotels offering strawberry buffets. Many of them open during weekends only, so make sure to check the websites.


Banyan Tree Seoul – Very Very Berry

Banyan Tree Seoul

At Banyan Tree, secluded in a tranquil neighborhood near Namsan, you will find the full variety of strawberry desserts. Their dessert selection includes Strawberry Chocolate Fountain, Strawberry Cream Puff, and a number of cakes and pastries using strawberries as main ingredients. You can also find enough number of savory dishes.

2018.12.7 – 2019.4.14
59,000 KRW
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Courtyard by Marriott Seoul Time Square – My Strawberry Farm

Courtyard by Marriott Seoul Time Square

Strawberry Cream Puffs, Strawberry Pavlova, Strawberry Macarons, and Strawberry Tarts are the highlights of the strawberry buffet at Courtyard by Marriot Seoul Time Square. Bottomless sparkling wine and strawberry cocktails add much joy as well.

2019.1.5 – 2019.4.28
39,000 KRW
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Grand Intercontinental Seoul Parnas – Strawberry Gourmet Boutique

Grand Intercontinental Seoul Parnas

This year, Grand Intercontinental Seoul Parnas opens up their annual strawberry season event along with 6-course dinners. In addition to the strawberry semi-dessert buffet, you will be served a luxurious 6-course dinner.

2019.1.5 – 2019.3.31
40,000 KRW
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Grand Walkerhill Seoul – Very Berry Strawberry

Grand Walkerhill Seoul

Renowned for its “Strawberry Tower” Grand Walkerhill is one of the first hotels to bring the strawberry buffet trend to Korea. This year, strawberry pairings with foie gras, truffle, and caviar are newly added, in addition to the expanded variety of cooked-to-order dishes. As a part of a room package, the hotel also offers strawberry picking experience.

2019.1.12 – 2019.4.28
68,000 KRW
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JW Marriott Dongdaemun Square – Salon de DDALKI with Barbie

JW Marriott Dongdaemun Square

Celebrating the 60th birthday of Barbie, JW Marriott Dongdaemun Square’s Salon de Strawberry invites people to the buffet decorated with the iconic pink color. Their deal includes one strawberry beverage and one savory dish, in addition to the strawberry dessert buffet.

2018.12.14 – 2019.5
59,000 KRW
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Lotte Hotel Seoul – Must Be Strawberry

Lotte Hotel Seoul

Hotel’s seasonal dessert buffet is known for its perfect food and drinks pairing. A glass of dry sparkling wine and fresh strawberry bites must be the best way to bid goodbye to winter and welcome the warmer season.

2019.1.5 – 2019.4.21
55,000 KRW
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Sheraton Seoul D Cube City – All About Strawberry

Shraton Seoul D Cube City

Sheraton Seoul D Cube City’s strawberry buffet shows strength in cakes, which are served in every imaginable size, flavor, and shape. You can add extra 9,900 KRW for unlimited sparkling wine and beer.

49,000 KRW
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By Heewon Kim


Mugwort Is the New Green Tea of Korea’s Dessert Scene

Those who first come up with the fusion of green tea flavor and desserts – and I want to thank them, whoever they are – must have shouted, “Eureka!” The substantial bitterness of green tea balances the sugariness of a dessert, whether it’s a cake or ice cream or whatnot, creating one perfectly harmonious flavor. In addition, it is one of the simplest ways to give nuances of Asian food to European desserts.

In Korea, there is one ingredient rising just as much sensational: “ssuk,” or mugwort. A type of herbs commonly found in Korea, mugworts are applied in various ways in Korean cuisine. Typically, its leaves are added to soup or Korean rice cakes to give a uniquely refreshing taste.

Recently, an increasing number of dessert shops are utilizing the herb to make dull desserts anew. From ice cream to tiramisu, you can find every imaginable variation of mugwort desserts from the list below.




Madame Tiramisu

Madame Tiramisu, as the name says, is a dessert cafe specialized in tiramisu. In addition to the classic tiramisu, they make the creamy Italian dessert in various flavors. Matcha Green Tea, Banana Caramel, and Pumpkin are equally unique, but Mugwort surely is what stands out the most.

The gooey texture of Madame Tiramisu’s cake meets the dense scent of mugwort, creating a unique dessert. Those who try a mugwort dessert for the first time might find it unfamiliar as their Mugwort Tiramisu have a rather strong taste.



Jaein is a dessert boutique located in the quiet neighborhood of Yeonhee-dong. Opened only a few months ago, it’s rising as the hottest dessert place and most items are sold out before closing.

Jaein makes seasonal cakes in addition to the whole variety of small cakes and sweets like Madeleine, cookies, financier, and pound cakes. Among those, Mugwort Madeleine is many people’s favorite. A hint of mugwort’s scent amplifies the subtle savor of the Madeleine, which is finished by bean powders.


The Martin


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The Martin is a compact ice cream stall located in Seochon’s tranquil alley. The ice cream shop is famed for making small batches of quality gelato using organic ingredients.

In addition to the traditional gelato flavors, The Martin twists the Italian ice cream by using local ingredients from Korea. Its dense and rich texture is a perfect match for mugwort flavor.




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Omoknooni is a dessert cafe most well known to make a variety of delectable scones. In addition to the English tea food, you can also find the complete set of mugwort desserts and drink – Mugwort Scone, Mugwort Cake, and Mugwort Latte.

Mugwort Crumble Cake is the latest creation of the cafe, which is already beloved by many. Sweet mugwort cream is sandwiched between cake sheets and the whole thing is topped and enriched by mugwort crumbles.


Re, Birds


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Re, Birds has been releasing a series of mugwort desserts seasonally. Since its opening last summer, the small dessert cafe has been serving its own mugwort creations ranging from cookies, pound cakes, scones, Madeleines, to cheese terrines.

Among many, Mugwort Cheese Terrine stands out the most. Cheese terrine, which is basically a slice of gooey and dense cheesecake, has swept Korean dessert trend once. Re, Birds’ Mugwort Cheese Terrine is an upgraded version of that, using mugwort cream or bean cream to revamp the flavor.



By Heewon Kim


7 Michelin Starred Restaurants That Are Worth to Visit in Seoul

1. GAON – 3 Stars

 M Floor Holim Art Center, 317 Dosan-daero, Gangnam-gu

Price: Dinner set 220,000 ~ 290,000 (Won)

2. LA YEON – 3 Stars

Address: 23F The Shilla Hotel, 249 Dongho-ro, Jung-gu

– Lunch set 103,000 ~ 195,000 (Won)

– Dinner set 175,000 ~ 270,000 (Won)

3. KWONSOOKSOO – 2 Stars

Address: 4F, 37 Apgujeong-ro 80-gil, Gangnam-gu

– Lunch set 66,000 ~ 100,000 (Won)

– Dinner set 145,000 ~ 185,000 (Won)

4. MINGLES – 2 Stars

Address: 757 Seolleung-ro, Gangnam-gu

– Lunch set 75,000 (Won)

– Dinner set 150,000 (Won)

5. ALLA PRIMA – 2 Stars

Address: 13 Hakdong-ro 17-gil, Gangnam-gu

– Lunch set 60,000 (Won)

– Dinner set 138,000 (Won)

6. JUNGSIK – 2 Stars

Address: 11 Seolleung-ro 158-gil, Gangnam-gu

– Lunch set 66,000 ~ 165,000 (Won)

– Dinner set 130,000 ~ 200,000 (Won)

7. KOJIMA – 2 Stars

Address: 6F Boon the shop, 21 Apgujeong-ro 60-gil, Gangnam-gu
– Lunch set 200,000 (Won)

– Dinner set 380,000 (Won)


by Audrey Joung

Korea’s Most Delectable Doughnut Shops

Who can resist freshly fried dough that’s covered with colorful sugar frosting? Unfortunately, doughnuts are not the most common breakfast items found in Korea. However, a small number of quality doughnut shops are there to fulfill our cravings for everyone’s favorite sweet breakfast choice, late-night treat, or a random mid-day snack.


Old Ferry Donuts

66, Hannam-daero 27-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul

Old Ferry Donuts

Originally renowned for its much grammable “donut float latte,” Ferry Roasters launched a cafe specialized in doughnuts last year. Located in the quiet back alley of Hannam-dong, the stylish doughnut shop is always packed with people – and dogs, as this dog-friendly cafe is visited by many dogstargrammers.

Ferry Roasters

What Old Ferry offers is not one of those conventional doughnuts. Instead, you can find large fried dough bombs filled with cream or jam. The cafe is also enthusiastic about creative flavors. Their dessert-inspired doughnuts, which include tiramisu and crème brulee, are must-try.


Fluffy Doughnut

163, Seongmisan-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul

Fluffy Doughnut

Fluffy Doughnut is Yeonnam-dong’s new hottest cafe. The doughnut shop, which opened only about a month ago, is already visited by hundreds of people every day.

Fluffy Doughnut’s fried delicacies are characterized as conventional doughnuts with creative twists. Flavors like Mango Glazed & Caramel or Vanilla Glazed & Orange Jam make doughnuts more like delicate desserts by using unexpected flavor combinations. The raspberry-flavored “Simpsons” doughnuts and Maple Bacon doughnuts are some of the customers’ favorites.


Cafe Knotted

53, Apgujeong-ro 46-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul


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If you’re attracted to the famed “Mr. Holmes” style doughnuts rather than colorfully glazed doughnuts, Cafe Knotted has something like that. The whole variety of cream-filled and sugar-coated doughnuts are available at this cafe in Cheongdam-dong.

Flavors range from the predictable ones like Vanilla and Nutella to the more creative ones like Tiramisu, Pistachio Fig, or Red Bean Butter. The available flavor options look various enough to satisfy any palate.


Noe Bakery

25, Udong 1-ro 20beonga-gil, Haeundae-gu, Busan


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Noe Bakery in Haeundae, Busan, is known to make healthy and delicious baked doughnuts. The showcase is filled with baked dough coated with colorful frostings.

Noe Bakery’s doughnuts tend to reflect trends well. The stellar “Galaxy” doughnuts and cream cheese topped red velvet doughnuts, as well as some seasonal flavors, are all available at Noe Bakery.



By Heewon Kim


The Ultimate List of Every Fire Noodles and Variations

Regardless of your tolerance for spicy food, you probably have heard of the notorious South Korean “Fire Noodle” by now. Originally named Buldak Bokkeum Myeon, which roughly translates to “fire chicken noodles,” the spicy instant noodle spread widely through the viral “Fire Noodle Challenge.”

The act of eating Fire Noodle has now become a cult. Every time Samyang Foods, the maker of Fire Noodle, release a new flavor, the product instantly sold out and YouTube flourishes with another series of Fire Noodle Challenges.

In order to satisfy the on-going high demands, Samyang Foods continues to launch new flavors and products that use their signature spicy sauce (sometimes, however, their effort goes beyond the limit to make Fire Noodle makeup products). If you wonder what kinds of flavors and variations of Fire Noodle are out on the market, here is the complete list.


1. Fire Noodles

Samyang Foods

There is a total of 10 flavors of Fire Noodles, including now discontinued “Ice” one. Some flavors, including Cheese, Tang (with broth), and Carbonara, come with an extra packet of power sauce for each.

For those with lower tolerance to spiciness, Cheese, Jjajang, and Carbonara will be easier choices. On the other hand, the “Nuclear” flavor, which claims to be twice as spicy as the original Fire Noodle, will be a challenge to everyone.

“Jjolbokki” is the latest release from the line. It mimics the taste of Tteokbokki, one of the most beloved snack food in Korea.


2. Nibbles

An array of simple snacks is released to let people enjoy Fire Noodle more easily. These snacks are great companions for beer.

1. “Crushable” noodle snack

This snack looks just like the original Fire Noodle, but it’s actually designed to be enjoyed without cooking with fire. Instead of the liquid sauce, the snack comes with a packet of sauce powder that tastes like Fire Noodle.

2. Almonds

Fire Noodle Almonds is another product that’s not available anymore. Each almond is coated with the signature spicy sauce.

3. Squid

The snackable squid is one of favorite beer-friendly snack Koreans enjoy. The added spiciness of Fire Noodle would call for an indefinite amount of beer.


3. Frozen Food

As people tried to come up with more complicated recipes using Fire Noodle sauce, the manufacturer helped people enjoy more various dishes by launching frozen products.

1. Tteokbokki

Tteokbokki is one of the first dishes people cooked using the Fire Noodle sauce. So when Samyang Foods actually released it as a product, people instantly ran to the stores. Tteokbokki is available in two most popular flavors – Original and Carbonara.

2. Dumplings

Fire Noodle Dumplings are much similar to Koreans’ favorite Kimchi dumplings – only twice as spicy as kimchi dumplings!

3. Sausage

It’s like dipping a sausage into a bowl of Fire Noodle sauce. It has limitedly been released and now it’s unavailable.


4. Sauce

Samyang Foods

To the high demand, Samyang release their signature sauce in a form of a table sauce. The product is one of the most popular item at Incheon Airport stores. You can utilize the sauce in every imaginable way, adding an extra bit of spiciness to your favorite dishes.


5. Makeup Products


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Fire Noodle’s collaboration with a cosmetic brand was quite a shock to many. Of course, people joke about how they don’t need to apply lip colors after eating Fire Noodle, because lips are reddened and plumped due to spiciness. But I doubt that people actually wanted a Fire Noodle makeup product.

Regardless, reviews weren’t all bad. Fire Noodle maniacs loved them, especially the lip tint for reenacting the post Fire Noodle lips. In addition to lip colors, blushers, hair color treatment, and cushion foundation were available for a limited time.



By Heewon Kim


Eatery That Appeared on ‘Beak Jong-Won’s Alley Restaurant’ to Close After Surge in Popularity

Don’t worry — the close is only temporary.

Donka 2014 owners with Baek Jong-won – Instagram (@Donka2014)

Donka 2014, a now-famous tonkatsu (deep-fried pork cutlet) restaurant in Pobangteo Market in Seoul, is planning to close its doors starting on December 31. The eatery appeared on the SBS food-variety program “Baek Jong-won’s Alley restaurant” where it not only improved its food but also so a considerable rise in popularity. People flocked to Donka 2014 to taste their new and improved dishes.

However, there is a downside to good business. What may be good for business may not sit well with neighbors.

Residents close to the restaurant have complained about the visitors who often wait in a long line outside the small eatery’s doors. As such, Donka 2014’s owners have decided to take countermeasures to stop inconveniencing their neighbors. On Instagram, one of the owners Kim Eung-seo wrote that they “are trying to create a space where customers can wait” that will appear neighbors, but shield customers from the elements.

Donka 2014’s famed cheese tonkatsu – Instagram (@d4jeong)

Last week, Kim posted that the people were complaining about the restaurant and they were unsure what they would do. Netizens who followed the account wondered if they would close in response. However, Kim said that they would consult with Baek Jong-won before deciding anything. This is where the idea for a waiting area was created.

Starting on December 31 (for the holidays), Donka 2014 will close for renovations. The owners asks that visitors be mindful of the close.



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You Can Finally Enjoy ‘Fire Noodle’ Even If You Can’t Eat Spicy Food

Samyang Food, the maker of notorious “Fire Noodle” (Buldak Bokkeum Myeon), has released the eased version its famous spicy instant noodle.

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On November 28, Samyang Food officially launched “Jjolbokki Buldak Bokkeum Myeon.” The new flavor, which imitates that of Korea’s popular snack food Tteokbokki, is rising popular for its eased spiciness level and added sweetness.

Samyang Food differentiated its new products from others by adding more sweetness to their signature sauce. The sweet and spicy sauce perfectly finds the point of compromise, make it easy to enjoy for everyone.

Samyang Food

Also, the crunchy toppings add more texture to the instant noodle. The noodle is made chewier, which resembles the texture of the rice cakes in Tteokbokki.

Meanwhile, the Fire Noodle Challenge is reviving in Korea as “Nuclear Fire Noodle,” which was released only limitedly, is now available at the grocery stores again. Releasing the two products, Samyang Food is satisfying the taste buds in both ends.

Samyang Food

You can find “Jjolbokki Buldak Bokkeum Myeon” at local grocery stores in Korea.


By Heewon Kim

This Cafe in Seoul Is Mint Chocolate Lovers’ Heaven

Instagram @mint_heim

Any mint chocolate fans out there? Some people persecute the flavor for its resemblance to toothpaste, but both of its color and refreshing flavor captivate many people’s taste buds.

In Hongdae area in Seoul, Korea, there is this pilgrimage site where all of the mint chocolate followers must visit. Inside the temple decorated with the mint colored walls, you will find every imaginable mint chocolate flavored dessert at Mint Heim.

Take a look at the list below to find the variety of mint chocolate flavored desserts available at Mint Heim.


1. Mint Chocolate Macarons


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2. Mint Chocolate Whoopie Pies


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3. Mint Chocolate Bark


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4. Mint Chocolate Rolled Cakes


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5. Mint Chocolate Soft Serve


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6. Mint Chocolate Milk


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7. Mint Chocolate Fudge Cakes


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Mint Heim

Location:  28, Jandari-ro 6-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul
Hours:  11:30 AM – 9:30 PM



By Heewon Kim

Watch This Korean YouTuber Make Foods from Movies

When you are watching a movie and there’s this food that looks really good on screen, do you ever think “I wish I could taste that right now”?

Well, Korean YouTuber ‘Honeykki (꿀키)‘ below actually cooks some of the famous foods that appear on movies. Watch her make them, eat them, and maybe you can follow the recipes yourself for this holiday weekend!

‘HAPPEE BIRTHDAE HARRY’ Cake from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001)



Ratatouille from Ratatouille (2007)

Disney / Pixar via


Mendl’s Courtesan au Chocolat from The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)



Julia Child’s Beef Bourguignon from Julia and Julia (2009)



by Audrey Joung

BoA Releases Special Edition Wine in Collaboration With Avex Group

Avex Group has released a special wine with singer BoA. If you want to get your hands on a bottle, you’ll have to move quickly.

Image source – OSEN News

On Wednesday, Avex Group (herein Avex) announced on its website that it would sell the limited edition Japanese wine The Rain of the Day (direct translation), which was jointly produced with BoA, for a short time.

According to Avex, it explained that BoA travels around Japan on tours and personal trip frequently. With her enduring presence in the country, the company approached her about making her own special drink. Further, with its release, Avex believes that it will be perfect for the winter season.

Image source – Avex group, Kurand

Meanwhile, for the past 18 years, BoA has been active in both Korea and Japan. Recently, she released a Christmas single in Japan and is expected to attend some of the year-end award shows in Korea.



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