April, especially for the first two weeks of April, is considered to be the best time in Korea to celebrate spring. Flocks of Koreans fly to parks to see cherry blossoms with family and friends, or their significant other. Everything blooms along with cherry blossoms, not to mention youth and romance. And meanwhile in Korea, spring has come to food industry as well.
Hf will now introduce you to one of the trendiest ways of how Koreans celebrate spring, with cherry blossom-themed food, not to mention cafes using cherry blossom decorations or actually using the petite flower petals as ingredients. Follow us along an aesthetically pleasing journey into flowery eats.
Located near the youthful hub Hongdae, Dango Jip, literally translated into “Dango House,” offers hand-crafted seasonal menu along with a variety of other typical café eats. Decked out in white hues, the petite café creates a welcoming ambience as it lures in young Koreans in their 20s with its famous cherry blossom menus – cherry blossom dango, soda and bingsoo.
Dango is a rice cake similar to Japanese mochi, but served with sweet red bean paste on the top. Dango Jip offers four different tastes of dango – soy sauce, red bean, strawberry and green tea. Among them, the strawberry –flavored dango is the most famous one as it takes inspiration from cherry blossoms. The strawberry-flavored dango has strawberry red bean paste cream sitting on chewy white rice cake while a cherry blossom flower tops off the look.
Dango Jip offers a special type of shaved ice – cherry blossom shaved ice. For more sweetness, the crushed ice is made from frozen milk, while the strawberry red bean paste is served on the crushed ice along with three buds of cherry blossoms and hot pink colored strawberry chips for better visuals.
Coffee, tea, and… soda? Dango Jip has an exotic cherry blossom soda that uses actual cherry blossoms as its ingredients. Half of the huge glass is filled with a mixture of cherry blossom syrup and flower leaves as the crushed ice makes up the other half. The taste? Some say it tastes like ice tea, but what’s better than checking it out yourself?
Macaroons haven’t enjoyed much fame in the café scene compared to other eats, but this cherry blossom macaroon is the ‘it’ dessert nowadays. A young married couple reportedly invented cherry blossom macaroons after two months of experiment, and while the macaroons look strikingly similar to the actual cherry blossoms, the flavor is said to be like that of normal strawberry macaroons. This young couple opened up online market via blog with a nickname kampron. As of being handmade, only limited amount of macaroons are up on sale.