Pastry hunting@Publique Bakery, Sangsu, Seoul

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http://cinziamazzamakeup.com/?x=acquistare-viagra-generico-consegna-rapida-a-Verona Various food bloggers had recommended Publique as a must-go-to for bakeries in Seoul. As one of my biggest interests is pastries, desserts and bakery-visiting, I decided to foodieventure a little off the group’s planned track to Dong Dae Mun before going there.

http://cinziamazzamakeup.com/?x=siti-sicuri-per-comprare-viagra-generico-50-mg-pagamento-online-a-Bologna It was a little tedious to get here, from Oryu-Dong station, having to change trains to Sindorim, then to Hapjeong and then to Sangsu. Thankfully, the weather was superb that day with cool winds at the temperature of 20 – 22 degrees.

http://cinziamazzamakeup.com/?x=cialis-generico-fermo-posta The streets leading to Publique were so quaint, surrounded by independent boutique cafes, restaurants and shops. Felt like the Heritage street in Penang. Some walls were drawn with portraits and human sketches.

follow From Sangsu station, it only took about 5 minutes to walk to Publique. I was surprised to know that a bungalow housed this widely spoken of bakery.

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http://buy-generic-clomid.com The outer appearance of the bakery itself told its theme. French-themed bakery.

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They did an excellent job in the interior decorating. Blossomed colourful pots of flowers all around giving a warm and cozy feel concept. We sat by the verandah, where sunlight could reach in through the vintage looking glass windows. Even the lights, chairs and tables were petite, vintage looking and the exit was openly visible from.where we were seated. Much like how you people watch while having your croissant and coffee in Paris.

At that time, a group of youths were taking photos of young models by the roadside.

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The bakers kept their interior decor true to its theme. Simplistic, bakes focused, and wooden feel. If you are confident of your bakes, you do not need fanciful displays or well presented bakes with over-the-top packagings. And this was the exact vibe I got upon  walking in.

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The cakes were quite pretty but a little pricey for us Malaysians, especially after conversion. Sigh. We chose a few pastries, that caught our eyes and made us salivate.

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This sugar buttery white bread pretty much looked like a roti naan to us. My gf who ordered it said that it was only average. Nothing spectacular to shout about. This was about KRW 2000plus if I am not wrong.

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As Eau Claire/Eclair caught my attention, I decided to foodieventure this and invest a little more to try. It cost a whopping KRW 4000/MYR 12-15. For a pastry about 10cm length. A pretty painful pinch. But quality wise, it was good. Smooth, creamy, bittersweet chocolatey cream in the middle and the chocolate glaze on top were made by good quality chocolates. The pastry layer was however, so so. Overall, still better than the one I had in Eric Kayser 3 years ago.

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This almond broiche with almond fillings inside was KRW 3000/MYR 8-10. Hmmm..pretty average. Tiong Bahru Bakery’s slightly different rendition, the croissant version was so so much better. Pricing was similar to this one though.

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Now, my next pepsi test for Seoul croissants! As I had the BEST one in Paul&Paulina several days ago, beating the champion Tiong Bahru, the bar had been set even higher than before. I was hoping to be wow-ed by this one. It cost KRW 2500/MYR 7-9.

Unfortunately, the croissant was just ALRIGHT. Buttery, fairly flakey but not flakey and soft enough like the ones in had in P&P, or even Tiong Bahru bakery for that matter.

Nonetheless, they have been operating several years now and still going strong (which is really difficult in Korea as competition is stiff and you may make it or break it at the usual cut off period of 1 year), I am keen to return to try on their ciabatta and have a cuppa while chilling at the lovely verandah/garden.

Address:
Publique Bakery
Sangsu Station, Line 6. Exit 1.
Seoul, Mapo-gu, Sangsu-dong, 311-1
서울시 마포구 상수동 311-1
Tel: 02-333-6919
Opening hours:11.00 am – 10.00 pm (Mon-Sat). Closed on Sundays.

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Next stop: Dong Dae Mun! As we had a guy with us (who has better navigation skills), we pretty much left the job of guiding our paths to him fully. Instead of DDM station, we came out from the Seoul Culture Park station, which was just 1 stop away.

As we had burnt a hole in our pockets in Publique, our lunch budgets were severely cut short. Instead of a proper lunch meal at an eatery, we bought some snacks and light meals from the 7 Elevren and ate by the exit of this mall.

It was fun initially! As the wind was blowing air was cold, we could chitchat while we people watched. Only after several different occassions of the strong gust of wind, we realised all the dirt and tiny rubbish were blown to our food and faces. Yikes! I saw like tons of dust and old cigarette butts all over and to think all of these get blown to you..yikes!

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My gf LOVES this. Crabsticks. She confessed her love for the crabsticks so many times that it would forever be remembered in my mind.

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I salute my friends for their tenacity of shopping in these malls. After 30 minutes of walking in the poorly-ventilated malls, I was a little faint-ish already from the lack of oxygen bur yet they could go on for hours.

I ended up finding an empty seat from the many stone seats outside the mall and people watched till they were done exploring the mall.

A photo of the lovely couple : Er and Anjoe, while seated on the publicly made couple seat for the purpose of attracting patrons into the mall.

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I was very exhausted, in the body and the mind, and decided to head home early. I headed back to the Cultural Park station and along the way I took some photos of the major architectural designs. This dome-like structure gained much attention and I saw many tourists took photographs here, including me! Haha. I admit, this area was quite architecturally beautiful.

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Taking the train which took up 1 hour of my time on the day I lack sleep so much was daunting. Dozed off many times in the train,  but occassionally woken up to witness beautiful sceneries observed along the way of our train ride.

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A day with great weather. Sunny yet cool. These shoes will continue to guide me in my paths towards more and more interesting foodieventures!

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Jalan jalan cari makan@Chocolat Yum 쇼콜라 윰, Hongdae/Hongik, Seoul

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We walked 6 hours straight around the Hongik Hongdae area. Bought nothing. Mainly culture watching and foodventuring. I forgotten to take a photo of this restaurant as it was all in Korean.

This restaurant was one of the many bbq restaurants located at this road. Really appeared to me like this was the BBQ road. Not sure how these owners differentiate from one another.

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We are overly pampered in Malaysia. Our BBQ meat are usually grilled for us so our faces, hands, clothes, hair etc won’t be stained with the oil droplets and the smoke won’t smarten our eyes. Over here, we grill on our own.

I noticed ladies and men on nearby tables actually brought along this ziplock sorta plastic bags to store in their premium high cost branded bags and jackets. Darns! Neat idea!

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One side pork. One side beef.

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It looked really simple from the photos. But it was totally opposite. We had a hard time cutting these large sized sliced meat into small pieces (maybe the scissors was blunt. Haha blame the tools!)

The fire got big off and on due to the oil drops dripping onto the charcoal and the smoke was smarting our eyes. Clearly the rest of them dining here could tell we are foreigners and don’t grill our meats often.

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After a super heavy sinful BBQ meal, we decided to do a little more walking to reduce the guilt. As we walked randomly onwards, we came to this park where youths gathered to perform music publicly. Anyone can go to the center of the crowd and just whip up music of any sort. When I was there, a young chic who looked like she had a drink or two, sang “Listen” from Beyonce, with a minus-1 music played from the stereo. She sounded amazing. Superb vocals! Later on, another group of boys came up and starting rapping and doing all the rap moves. Cool yo!

At the end of the street, we saw this long queue for waffles and Er decided to join in the bandwagon while Anjoe and I continued to walk around accessories shopping.

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Each piece cost KRW 1000/ RM 3-5. It was alright. Average waffles, so I was wondering was could the hype be about which made so many of them willingly queue up for this. Perhaps, it is fun to walk while munching something sweet and buttery, and oh yea, there was ice cream in there too!

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While Anjoe and I walked down the other side of the street, this shop caught my attention. Of course, the name itself got me to turn my head. The very next thing after, was the many, many, many strawberries cream round cakes on display!

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They looked absolutely delicious! And pretty too. If I could cartoonify this image, I would add diamond sparkles all around the cakes as this was exactly what I had in mind when I saw them.

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As we entered the bakery, we were greeted by many pretty and cute pastries! Each pastry was carefully and cutely packed, which would make girls go “Awhhhhhh” and “I wanna buy this. I wanna buy that. I wanna buy all of em!”. It showed how the bakers thought of the recipients of these pastries and the joy they want to bring to them on top of the taste and quality of their bakes.

I googled them up and was informed that the bakers are focused on using only fresh and preservative free ingredients in all their bakes. Additional bonus point: the baker is also rather dashing looking! Teeheehee.

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In the end, we did not buy a slice of the famed strawberry cake as we were just too full after having the waffles. Each slice was about KRW 4000-5000/ RM 15-20.

We bought instead, a slice of brownie, so adorably packed. Its a butter chocolate walnut brownie. Looked delicious! Unfortunately, it was too dry, crumbly and tastewise was not very profound. Taste a little like dried cake. Hmmmm… packaging good. Taste not so.

Nonetheless, I am eager to try the strawberry cake and see how good it is. Next trip I will!

Address:
Chocolat Yum 쇼콜라 윰
서울특별시 마포구 서교동 358-125
Opening hours:
Sunday-Thursday : 11.00. am – midnight. Friday-Saturday : 11.00 am -2.00 am
Directions via MRT: Hongik station, Green Line 2, Exit 9. Walk alllllll the way down to the end of Hongdae road and turn left. Ask around if you get lost. It is a well known place!

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