So I’m sure that you have read all about my terrifyingly spicy experience at Onnuriye Donkatsu in my last post, so here is the follow up to what happened after my challenge. My stomach still was feeling a bit funky even with consuming the antacid, white rice, and milk, so we decided to get frozen yogurt to sooth my scorched tummy. We ended up going to Snow Spoon Cafe which is located in Hongdae, Seoul. You come out of exit 9 at the Hongik University stop. Then you turn left and turn right at the first street on your right. There should be trees on both sides of the street. You keep walking till you cross another street and keep heading straight until you see the Super 7 club on your left hand side. The cafe occupies an entire corner of the building, so you can’t miss it.
When we walked in, it was semi-full of college students seemingly unable to choose what they wanted because not only did they have 10 different flavors, but they also had a fixins bar that seemed a bit healthier than the froyo places back home, i.e. more fruit and nuts instead of brownie bites and cookie dough chunks. I guess Koreans haven’t gotten the hang of making healthy things unhealthy like Americans can do so easily. If you don’t want frozen yogurt, they also have gelato, funny looking ice cream bars, and ice cream sandwiches. Flavor-wise, they had some stalwarts like plain, chocolate, and strawberry, but then they became a bit more mysterious. I decided to get one flavor that was simply called “Blue”, and it had a picture of Santorini’s classic whitewashed houses interspersed on a mountainside while an endless blue horizon spread out behind it.
What it would taste like? I had no clue. Maybe it would be indescribable, or maybe it would taste like gyros or souvlaki given the Greek picture. Then I moved down the line to get the rice flavored frozen yogurt. You read that right: rice froyo.
Though this wouldn’t be the first time I ate ice cream made with rice. The last flavor I got was blackberry. I can only take so much razzmatazz in one cup. I garnished my creation with some trail mix and gummi bears since I can’t say no to any form of gummi candy. They charge you by weight, so I paid about 5,000 Won for a good amount of ice cream.
As for the actual flavors, they quickly put out the fire burning within my lower torso with panache.
The blackberry flavor was delicious since it actually tasted like eating fresh blackberries minus the pesky seeds. Then came the rice which was really odd because I couldn’t determine whether it had more of a vanilla flavor profile to it, or perhaps it was more like the plain frozen yogurt option. Finally, there was Blue. It definitely was the superstar of my cold creation much like the Eiffel 65 hit circa 1999, but it definitely wasn’t played out by any means from my first spoonful to my last. Turns out it tasted like a tropical fruit punch of sorts. As a whole, my experience was a satisfying spectrum of flavors that ranged from more conventional to the more bizarre yet surprisingly delectable.
So if you’re looking to eat some delicious frozen goodies in South Korea, check out Snow Spoon. It’s the perfect treat anytime whether that is after surviving one of Hongdae’s ear-splittingly loud clubs or just on a whim to satisfy your sweet tooth.