Snacking on the Go: Tteok and Carrot and Tomato Donut

Saturday, November 12, 2011

 

These days I feel like I am always running around for work and meetings and such so I have just a little time to grab some food and go. I try to eat as healthy as possible, but sometimes I like indulge in some junk food. One of my favorite goto snacks is pumpkin rice cake (hobak tteok). Nakwon tteokjip in Insadong packages them individually so it is like an energy bar. It has a slight pumpkin flavor and also black and red beans, chestnuts, peas, and some dates. It's a great snack to have and it is pretty healthy.

Nakwon tteokjip is pretty creative with their tteok selection. I recently had a cheese rice cake. It looked like cheese even if it didn't quite taste like it. They also have daechu, black raspberry, mugwort, green tea, and black rice. Good stuff and they are made fresh every day.

Another snack I have is gukhwa bang. It's an ice cream sandwich that is in the shape of a flower. Inside there is creamy ice cream and there is a chewy layer of rice cake and red bean. It's one of the best and it's very classic. These you can get at most convenience stores. Other ice creams I would recommend are the chestnut bar the Babbam bar, the melona: melon bar, and the watermelon bar. 

Now just because it is getting colder it doesn't mean you can't have ice cream. I think it actually tastes better when it is cold.

Lastly, the Dunkin Donuts in Korea are known for their "creative" donuts. Last year they had garlic donuts and they also had olive donuts. 

It's this dilemma that Koreans seem to have: they must have something healthy. Sorry folks, but there is no such thing as a healthy donut. You shouldn't eat donuts if you are trying to be healthy. Anyway, while I was there last week I saw this strange donut: Tomato and Carrot Local Wheat Glazed Donut. It sounds like a mouthful and a headache. As intrigued and confused as I was, I opted not to try it. If I see it on the shelf the next time I am around a Dunkin Donuts, I'll be sure to give it a try. Well...maybe. Well...unless there is something more interesting.
Tomato and Carrot Local Wheat Glazed Donut at Dunkin Donuts

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