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An unexpected fact about Korea: amazing bread everywhere!

Posted on Thu, Feb 20, 2014 @ 01:00 PM

Though I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again. There is an uncountable number of great reasons to live in Korea. True, you might say “that’s one person’s opinion.” And you’re right. But the thing is, there are so many things to love about this place that each individual in all his glorious differences can find many of his own reasons to love South Korea. Now, getting back to me, a big advantage the ROK has over Southern California, I’m sorry to say, is the bread. Bakeries are EVERYWHERE. If you’re a bread lover, read on. This post is dedicated to bread porn.

Bread

You can count on a some bakery being around just about every block in Korea. In downtown areas of even a small city, you can bet that there are at least two bread shops. “Why?” you ask are there so many places to buy the many delicious kinds of bread? I would have to answer that I have no clue whatsoever. But I don’t make a habit of questioning the things I love. I just eat them.

Muffins!

Because bakeries pop-up on every corner, the competition forces the stores to be more and more innovative. I’ve seen some amazingly interesting kinds of bread. From the oreo-laden muffin, to …

Tart!

this strawberry tart thing, to …

... Frankenstein bread!

this crunchy, sugary, mess that the bakery through together from various scraps of other breads, to …

Weenie Bread!

this hotdog slice, grated cheese thing (Koreans really like hotdog weenies,) to …

Fancy Bread!

this beautiful piece of art that I couldn’t fit on the pile of other bread I bought that day, to ...

Uhh... bread!

this weenie monstrosity (what did I say? They have a thing. Considering the couple penis parks in the country, might upgrade this to an obsession…) to…

Donuts!

some great donuts, to an incredible mac and cheese filled baguette that I devoured before being able to take a picture. Frankly, I haven’t even cracked the surface with these pictures. Each day sees me astounded by some scrum-diddily-umtious baked good.

Bakery!

Bakery!Because the breaded industry is booming, I’m constantly left with heartbreaking choices between different bakeries and breads. But these are amongst the best problems to have.

Foreign Bakery!

Foreign bread!

Most bakeries hail from the french style of baking, but not all. Here is what I think is an arabic bakery. Non-French bakeries are not so common, unfortunately. I haven’t seen any mexican bread since coming here. I have a feeling that competition will drive baking companies to venture into other kinds of breads. In the meantime, head down to Salam Bakery in Itaewon. I bought some quite tasty cookies from here. (Side note: No cookies are pictured on this page due to my lack of impulse control. Korea has some great cookies. I eat all of them.)

As of last month, I wasn’t sure I’d ever be able to leave the breads of South Korea behind. How could I live without Paris Baguette’s chewy, sweet, crunchy toffee cookie? I’ve learned, however, that Paris Baguette has just opened a location near my parent’s house in Orange County. Mamma, I’m comin’ home!

Teach in Korea!

Currently residing an hour outside of Seoul, South Korea, Sergio Cabaruvias is doing his utmost not to appear lost or confused. So far, he’s managed. After graduating with degrees in English and journalism and after working with underprivileged youth, Serg embarked from Southern California for Pyeongtaek, South Korea to gain experience as an amateur adventurer. Since arriving he has swung on vines in the jungles of Taiwan, scaled mountains in the rocky city of Busan, driven a scooter along the edge of a massive, marble gorge, and explored some of Tokyo’s seedier areas.  Moving to South Korea has been the best decision of his life.

Tags: food in Korea, Bread

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