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Cafe Porn, Part 2: Sangsu

February 8, 2010

Service with a smile. I do enjoy my food anthropomorphized.

I actually consider the districts of Sangsu, Hongdae, and Hapjeong all the general “Hongdae Coolness Area,” but for post organizational reasons, I guess I’ll separate them. Sangsu is the more southerly, easterly side of the area. It has shops and is home to some of the clubs in the area, and as my friend pointed out, a whole bunch of makkeoli places. A nice place to get lost in on a sunny Sunday afternoon, or even a slightly damp but warmer Monday night. And yes, there are cafes. Lately I have been trying to cut my cafe habit, because I’ve been trying not to digest my paycheck every month, but sometimes, I can’t resist.

The said line.

But first– a ramen interlude.

Tonight, I went with a few friends to Sangsu to check out this Japanese ramen place in an alleyway. You might have seen it– every time you go in this particular alley (it’s near the university park on the university side of the street– there’s a bunch of graffiti leading to the alley, look for the graffiti depicting multiple cartoon animals and the rather sad slogan of “NO SEX. ANYWHERE” on the side). The ramen broth was quite good, the pork tender, and the noodles were the best ramen noodles I’ve had in Korea. I guess there’s a reason there’s a line. Though, I’m not sure it’s better than the place in Nonhyeon– perhaps because I’m easily swayed by fixings. You can compare:

Anyway, being in Sangsu gave me a chance to revisit one of my old cafe loves from last year: Hoho Myoll. It really is the most exemplary example of a Korean cute cafe: vintage kitsch (including an entire VW van from which lattes are made), a theme (outdoor camping seems to be it), lots of photo albums and polaroid coffee table books, good GTLs (green tea lattes– my obsession and the measuring stick that I measure all my cafes), and amazing muffins and cakes (chocolate/banana muffins chocolate/earl grey cake– to use a phrase from Animaniacs, were FABOOOOOOOO). Here are a few photos:

Apparently there is curry and paninis and other food served. I want to try it!

Oh but soon I won’t be able to indulge so much. I’m going to the Korean Eastern Medicine doctor tomorrow to find out my chejil– or body type, and seeing which foods are good or bad for me. Yikes!

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