Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Best individually wrapped mini-thing

Asia is obsessed with putting snacks into individual wrapping.
This makes it very easy to store, to transport and share among people during meetings or for handing out to children.
The grandfather of individually wrapped mini-things is the Chocopie which is basically a Korean marshmallow pie. It has actually grown over the years in size. Tangibly so and noticeably from 110 calories to around 155.

Market O is a newish line from ORION that produces high-end mini-pies and things if they can ever be considered so. The Market 'O' real Brownie is a big hit. But I found there is an even yummier Market O thing called 다쿠이즈 미 (daquase?) Its a fluffy sammich meringue cake which is double fluffy as a result of the fluffy cake and the fluffy meringue. These taste best at room temp, as the fluffiness factor is impeded by refrigeration.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Best Konbini Ice-cream Cone

The best Ice-cream Cone you can get from a convenience store in Korea, folks:
Name: Shooting Star
Company: 빙그레
It tastes really fluffy and marshmallowy without feeling fluffy and marshmallowy, hence dense enough to feel like real stuff-- and the nerd-like toppings crackle ever so slightly with amylase application.
Runners up:
2. Pistachio Bravo cone- but only because I love pistachio and Bravo is a classic
3. 빵빠레 - this is a wafer cone (I love wafer cone soft serves)
4. 구구콘 - says "full-flavored" on the wrapping. It's fully peanutycaramel--> diet snickers turned ice-cream

ps: like my nails?


I left the blog unattended mid-Japan life and skipped over all my eating done in Shanghai.
Current location is Seoul, Korea. I live by Soongsil Univ. Station, which is the poop colored green subway line, very close to Seoul University.

Being 100% Korean but 80% gastronomically un-Korean (although I could probably eat a bucket of Kimchi if left alone with it too long), I look for as many flour-products as possible to even out the newly imposed hike of rice into my diet. And... I went to Paris Baguette--how trendy and unpoetic of me.
Paris Baguette is common in the states where I grew up because there are far too many Koreans around. And I didn't like it for the same reason I didn't like Pink Berry. A hyped and branded pretty place for people who want to pay more for the same thing Dupan or Gateaux could offer.
But I went there because in Korea it's often cheaper than local bakeries and seems decidedly humble and small-operative because many chains are owned by husband and wife and they'll remember your face if you go often enough.

I'm addicted to the morning toast with fiber. It's just so good.
Best way to have it is freezing it thoroughly and then toasting it on high heat for a short time so that the top end is the slightest bit frozen and hard/chewy in the center.

I want to say I haven't found toast to challenge this fiberbaby but the Cranberry Toast at bread&co. is SO good. The bread&co. that sold me mine just opened-grandly in front of Bongcheon Station exit 6.
Sorry, too much writing!

Here are some other choice parisbaguette moments: croissant, garlic toast, sweet potato cream cheese(no pic) , sweet potato bun (no pic)

ps: I'm back~

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Chocolate at Denny's

Motoyama Milk Bar

So Lisa and I booked a trip to Sapporo to see the winter snow festival and challenge my lactose intolerance with by chugging Hokkaido milk and other milky products. But that didn't pan out so well as it's impossible to find hotel rooms still open and because domestic travel in Japan is ridiculously expensive. So we decided to get our Hokkaido milk fix in tokyo. Roppongi hills, actually, only a few stops from school.

The interior is dainty and pink as appropo to anything Japanese. I thought the zebra patterned seats were a funny and ironic. There were also cow heads with different colored tongues sticking out. Surprisingly cute and not creepy.

This is their theme dessert plate. The cow roll cake with soft cream on the side.

This is their dessert plate with cake, pudding and iced cream.

I ordered the white day special that was supposed to have pink whitechocolate spots on the cake instead of their usual chocolate, but they had run out of the white day special cake. the staff was very apologetic and offered to replicate the same dish with their usual cake. frankly i didn't care too much because I had gone a month with no cake and felt this withdrawal that made me not want to complain. Everything was so milky and delicious. What made the plate so good was that they used crushed pistachios for garnish and on the side was this strawberry buried under a hillock of strawberry mousse and whipped cream. The mousse was so thick and marshmallowy and reminded me of a montblanc.

They also offer coffee and tea with Hokkaido milk. Too bad I take my coffee black.


104-0061 東京都中央区銀座5-9-18
Tel (030)3571-5351



added 2/11/09:

Two nights later Lisa and I ordered the Camembert cheese fondue pie. The picture on the flier looked so amazing and we were very excited, even if this wasn't one of their double decker pies. Camembert is my favorite type of cheese so I enjoyed my pizza but I have to say would forgo this fondue experience for more layers of cheese and bread. I'm also not a fan of the gridcut on a pizza pie which produces uneven slices and sad little triangular corners. Lisa actually split the middle piece in half in spirit of fairness but I thought that was kind of sad.


Lisa and i were spending our saturday getting over the events of friday, naturally waking up at 4pm, hungry. We decided to be adventurous and try dominos instead of pizzahut [note mild sarcasm]. Dominos pies which are about 3000円 is significantly more expensive than pizzahut, nearly double the price. Here's why.

This is the Garlic2 pizza, wth tomatoes, black olives, onions and slices of garlic (galic - win!).
The first thing I noticed was that when the deliveryboy handed me the pie, it was much heavier than pizza hut's.

Dominos is much more generous with the cheese to the point where the crust is nearly nonexistent because it is overwhemed by all the cheese. I say if it's not nypizza crust theres no reason why crust shouldn't scooch over for a little extra cheese. There are two layers of pizzabread between which there is a lovely layer of cheese which i'm guessing is camembert. It tastes and feels like a hybrid of mozarella and ricotta.

and it oozes!

The dominos menu doesn't have as interesting topping combos as pizzahut (such as their Korean pulkoki and their Clam chowder pies) but they do have a Waku waku pokemon set which features a pie of four different flavor combos. In any case the cheesy middle and the extra layer of carb action gives dominos impunity on this one. pizzahut has been totally pwned.