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Green Tea Bingsoo at Okrumong

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Green Tea Bingsoo at Okrumong

Who eats bingsoo, Korean shaved ice, first thing in the morning? Someone who has a plane to catch within three hours. Yeah, me. I'm currently stationed in NorCal and there is no Korean shaved ice as legit as the ones in Los Angeles (aside from Seoul). So as my last "meal" before heading back home, I happily get a brain freeze at 11am. My flight departs at 1:45pm. I take my sweet time, savoring each icy bite.

If bingsoo was a skyscraper, then this is a bird's eye view of it.

If bingsoo was a skyscraper, then this is a bird's eye view of it.

My bestie Yoonah accompanies me. She's a trooper. Bingsoo is typically eaten as a dessert, not as breakfast. We may get stomach aches and that's a risk I'm willing to take.  

A handful of cafes in Koreatown LA offer bingsoo. We go to Okrumong (옥루몽), the location in the same plaza as the popular Korean BBQ joint Hae Jang Chon. Another Okrumong resides in Torrance about 25 miles south. Okrumong is a bingsoo chain created in South Korea and plans for world domination! I endorse. 

While waiting for our "meal" to be prepared, we have Patbbang as an appetizer. Patbbang is bread filled with red bean paste. 

Patbbang in shape of a donut with branding on top. 

Patbbang in shape of a donut with branding on top. 

Undressing the Patbbang from its transparent veil.  

Undressing the Patbbang from its transparent veil.  

Patbbang come in various shapes. Some do not have a hole in the middle. Others are sliced to resemble flowers. Some Patbbang contain very little red bean paste with thick white bread around it. Okrumong's Patbbang has the ideal bread-to-paste ratio. Their bread allows the red bean paste to show off its flavor. 

Yum yum in the tum tum. 

Yum yum in the tum tum. 

The restaurant page buzzes. My heart tingles. Legit bingsoo, how I have missed you! The Green Tea Bingsoo with a hat of thick red bean paste arrives in its golden bowl. Mister and Misses Mochi sing a duet on the cushiony paste. 

Green Tea Bingsoo. Lookin' proper and friendly as usual. 

Green Tea Bingsoo. Lookin' proper and friendly as usual. 

The moment your spoon scoops a bite out of that shaved ice, notice how smoothly this simple action occurs. I've had bingsoo where you have to break down the ice with your spoon, otherwise all the clumped ice spins around the bowl in circles. Okrumong bingsoo takes out that extra step and gives you princess treatment.  

Eat all your red bean paste? Fear not. Dig deeper and there is more at the core.

Eat all your red bean paste? Fear not. Dig deeper and there is more at the core.

Enough talk of the looks. What about its flavor? The green tea shaved ice tastes like, well, matcha. Earthy. The white layer of ice underneath is bland. For sugary goodness, you can depend on the red bean paste. This bingsoo is suitable for those with a semi-sweethtooth. 

I consume 80% of the bingsoo as Yoonah's teeth recover from the cold bites. With a smile, we have a chill ride to the airport. Sure, I may miss my flight if traffic awaits us on the 10 and 405, but having that Green Tea Bingsoo was worth every trouble. 

Interior of Okrumong in Koreatown LA. 

Interior of Okrumong in Koreatown LA. 

 Okrumong (Koreatown LA)

(855) 627-8012
3801 W. 6th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90020

Okrumong (Torrance)
(866) 722-1727
2814 Sepulveda Blvd, Unit C
Torrance, CA 90505


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15 Photos That Will Make You Want To Eat Pepero

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15 Photos That Will Make You Want To Eat Pepero

Get your box of chocolate sticks ready! Pepero Day is approaching. Every November 11 in Korea, people give each other chocolate sticks. It's a commercial holiday begun by Lotte and is particularly celebrated among those with a sweet tooth. Get your box of Pepero at the Korean market or make your own at home! Warning: the following photos may cause drooling.

1. Ever wonder how a rainbow tastes like?

2. Whoever said, "A spoon full of sugar makes the medicine go down," never had a bite of these chocolate sticks. Sorry, Mary Poppins!

(  Mybany  )

3. You know someone genuinely loves you when they make Pepero Cake for you.

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4. Diabetes in fancy mode.

5. Packaged Pepero is awesome, but homemade chocolate sticks are even better!

(  Naver  )

6. Cake made of almond-flavored Pepero sticks topped off with pistachios. Drool. Eyegasm.

7. Sophisticatedly cute and neat. Perfect for the ladies prim and proper.

8. Mmmmm... Lettered Pepero sticks with pinches of rose petal chocolate shavings.

(  Naver  )

9. Cookies inspired by Yours Truly, Pepero.

10. Chocolate sticks gone nuts!

(  Naver  )

11. I want to cuddle with these guys.

12. Giant mama box of Pepero next to its baby.

13. Four hours at the gym to burn off. I still want it!

14. Rectangular biscuit sticks with a whole lotta crunch.

homemade chocolate sticks

15. On a diet? Cuddle a Pepero pillow instead.

Lasts longer than the actual chocolate stick and doesn't melt on you!  ( Ameblo )

Lasts longer than the actual chocolate stick and doesn't melt on you! (Ameblo)

For him & for her  ( Ameblo )

For him & for her (Ameblo)

BONUS: Sugar-free Pepero. Everybody's favorite!

Korean 50,000 & 10,000 won bills rolled up. Approximately $180 USD!  ( Cuteinkorea )

Korean 50,000 & 10,000 won bills rolled up. Approximately $180 USD! (Cuteinkorea)

Tune in my YouTube channel this week for more on Pepero Day. Until then, happy responsible snacking! :)


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17 Korean Rice Cakes to Die For: The Prettiest Songpyeon Ever!

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17 Korean Rice Cakes to Die For: The Prettiest Songpyeon Ever!

Korean women of each household traditionally would gather and handmake half-moon shaped songpyeon (Korean rice cakes). It was said those who made pretty songpyeon would have a beautiful daughter. These days songpyeon are sold at Korean markets, so no need to worry about making ugly songpyeon!

The average songpyeon looks decent, indicating that its creators will have semi-beautiful daughters...

More lovingly-prepared pretty songpyeon populate the world as well! Behold, the 17 beautiful daughters! Some more elegant than others.

1. Detailed songpyeon topped off with mini flowers.

2. Songpyeon mimicking flowers and leaves.

3. Plump-petaled songpyeon.

4. Skinny, glossy songpyeon with simple decoration.

Whoever made these will have classy supermodels as a daughters!

5. Round, juicy songpyeon that make boobs and butts jealous.

6. Extended family of colorful songpyeon resting on a bed of pine needles.

7. Multi-layered petals blossoming on green songpyeon.

Dark and pointy. Don't mess with this bunch. They mean business!

8. Persimmon songpyeon.

Too cute to chew!

9. Square songpyeon wrapped like gifts, topped off with a ribbon.

10. Songpyeon that unintentionally look like tacos.

11. Mass production songpyeon.

Them machines will have pretty daughters.

12. Animal songpyeon!

Once these are steamed, they'll be glossy with softened edges.

13. Halloween songpyeon.

14. Pumpkin songpyeon minus the Halloween.

15. Cinderella-style pumpkin songpyeon.

16. Strawberry songpyeon.

17. Clam songpyeon. Looks like lips!

Whether the rice cakes turn out pretty or homely, how can you not smile when you see little kids making them?

Don't you love when men take over the kitchen? These two give me too much endorphin.


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