I love Korean street food! I came to know about Cream Cheese Garlic Bread when I came across a video of a Korean shop selling these babies. It looks so good that I knew I had to recreate it the next day!
I decided to make the bread from scratch instead of getting off shelves so it could look as authentic as how the Koreans are selling.
Cream Cheese Garlic Bread (육쪽마늘빵)
I can tell you that it was damn good! My mum hates anything with cheese, I left half a slice for her to try it out thinking she would only take a bite. Guess what, she finished everything and told me it was amazing! Cream cheese, butter and garlic, you can’t really go wrong with this combination!
Cream Cheese Garlic Bread (육쪽마늘빵)
As you can see, I added way too much dried herbs in my recipe. I have since then reduced the amount in the final recipe. Honestly, feel free to add more or less accordingly to your liking.
In a mixer or bread machine, add in all of the ingredients starting with water, yeast, sugar, bread flour, milk powder, salt, and lastly oil. Knead for 20 minutes until it is elastic. Let it proof for an hour.
Remove the air from the dough on a dusted surface and shape into a disk. Divide it into 4 pieces. Roll them into a ball.
Let it proof for about an hour or until double in size. Spread some water onto the dough and bake it in a preheated oven at 180C for about 15 to 20 minutes.
Remove the bread from the oven once golden brown and cover lightly with a kitchen towel while cooling.
To make the filing, combine melted salted butter, egg, milk, parmesan cheese, dried herbs, sugar, minced garlic and salt together in a bowl. Set aside.
Slice the cooled buns into 8 pieces, making sure that the knife does not go all the way down.
Fill the buns with soften cream cheese.
Soak each bun with the garlic-butter mixture that we made earlier.
Dust with some potato flakes and pipe out more cream cheese onto the middle of the bun before baking it in a preheated oven at 180C for 25 minutes.
If you are traveling to Seoul, Korea and are looking for cafes to visit, here are some you must not miss!
1. O´sulloc Tea House
O´sulloc Tea House
If you are looking for Green Tea/Matcha flavors, you should totally check this place out! This cafe specializes in Green Tea and has many Green Tea drinks and desserts. I totally love their Green Tea Swiss Roll as the sponge was so soft and delicate, with a hint of Green Tea. It was filled with deliciously refreshingly Green Tea Mousse Cream.
However, I was really disappointed with their ice cream. Maybe, it was only for that day but totally mine was certainly disapproving icy. Yet, the place was very quiet and relaxing. A great place to chill out after a long busy day shopping in Myeongdong.
Nevertheless, if you are dropping by, make sure to get some of their tea products! They have really special tea leaves that you can’t find anywhere else.
Address: 12 Myeongdong 7-gil, Myeongdong 1(il)-ga, Jung-gu, 서울특별시 South Korea Phone: +82 2-774-5460 Hours: 10AM–11PM Website:http://www.osulloc.co.kr/
2. Thanks Nature Cafe
Thanks Nature Cafe
Beautiful and enchanted, this cafe host 2 cute fluffy white sheep that will sure to make you go feverishly!
Why do you still visit dog or cat cafes when you can visit a sheep cafe? Thanks Nature Cafe sells mainly waffles and drinks, so don’t come here with an empty stomach expecting for the main course! Located just around the station of Hongik University (Hongdae), you could shop around the area after spending a delightful amount of time in the cafe. Clothes here are very affordable, usually starting from 10,000 won for most of them. Most youths like to hang out here! Additionally, there are many street performances in the evening during the weekend.
If you are a Line user, you got to visit Line Friends Cafe & Store when you are here in Seoul. It is considered the largest Line store in the world. The store is 3 levels high and should definitely be considered a tourist attraction!
Here, they offer not only the cafe but a bunch of other cute Line products to browse through. You will be greeted by a huge Brown upon entering the store. But, you do have to queue if you want to take a photo with him though. The basement level holds the themed cafe. I highly recommend you to try out their really adorable macarons! Additionally, you also should roam around the area as there are many other shops there.
Retro American-style, located just around the corner of Garosu-gil just like Line Friends Store and Cafe, it offers really delicious fluffy Lobster Rolls!
There are many variations of Lobster Rolls you can find here. We got to try out a few and my favorite one was the warm Cajun Cheese Lobster Roll. The restaurant is located in the basement alongside with elevated windows and coastal decorations, it made me feel like I was having my meal inside a boat in a nearby port. They were very generous with the amount of lobster meat in their rolls and will sure to please you.
Address: 524-27 Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea Phone: +82 2-6402-0904 Hours: Sunday to Thu: 12pm – 3.30pm, 4.30pm – 10pm Fri & Sat: 12pm – 3.30pm, 4.30pm – 11pm
5. Blind Alley
A rare shot with the ever so active Raccoon at Blind Alley
Blind Alley Cafe, as its name suggest, I couldn’t find or take notice the cafe even after walking past for quite a few times! Situated along the street of Cheongpadong just before Sookmyung Women’s University, this is one unique cafe I’m certainly sure you can’t find something similar in Singapore!
WARNING: THIS ANIMAL-THEMED CAFE HAS TWO WILD RACCOONS INSIDE!
Yeap, it is a raccoon cafe! These raccoons are not kept in their cages most of the time. Hence, do expect them to crawl all over you when dining there. They do offer some refreshing smoothies, aromatic cafe latte, and some desserts. The best part is that the food was reasonably priced! Unlike some other animal-themed cafe whereby, the price of a cup of Orange Juice can be exorbitant!
Address:63-20 Cheongpadong 2(i)-ga, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea Phone: +82 2-701-6075
6. 1Q84 Churros
For a quick bite, head down to 1Q84 Churros while shopping in the streets of Ewha Womans University.
You do have to wait awhile for them to prepare the Churros as it will be made to order. Warm crispy Churros with well-coated Cinnamon Sugar is so comforting, especially in the winter. I got to try out their Churros with Cream Cheese spread on it. It so delish!
Address: 196-14, Uijeongbu 1-dong, Uijeongbu-si, Gyeonggi, Seoul, South Korea
I went to Seoul last month for a short getaway and decided to do my hair there. I have heard great reviews about CCA Hair and their reasonable prices as compared to other salons in Korea. They also have a few outlets in Seoul! Since I stayed in Myeongdong, I visited their outlet there.
I actually didn’t notice their salon as I walked pass as it looks absolutely nothing like a hair salon store. I was expecting their shop to be a just as typical salon. Nevertheless, the beautiful doodles and graffiti does stand out and feels certainly hipster!
CCA Hair 까
Upon entering the store, I was immediately greeted and asked what was I looking for. Afterward, they brought us to a coffee table to allow us to consult with our hairstylist what hairstyle we were looking for.
Though the hairstylists working there have limited English, there are one or two that could speak fluent Mandarin. I was amazed by their services as compared to the hair salons in Singapore. I was offered the choice of Coffee or Tea, followed by some Choco Pie while waiting for my turn.
CCA Hair 까
After discussing with my hair stylist what I should have, I had decided to go for a wavy Dandy Perm with Shiseido Treatment.
It was a very different experience as compared to Singapore because you have to move from one station to the other for every procedure. From washing to cutting, to treating and perming. I really like how they attached a plastic shield to protect my face during the whole process. Though my hair stylist was very stylish, he was camera-shy and dislike taking photos. In spite of that, he was very friendly and professional!
CCA Hair 까
Look at both at my Sister-in-laws. For girls, you get to two people to help you out. So good right!
CCA Hair 까
Perming in progress.
CCA Hair 까
Look at the final result. Gorgeous! I love how it turned out.
I have actually permed my hair before but with the Shiseido Treatment, my hair turned out baby soft after the perm! It certainly does not look frizzy or dry. If you are in Korea, you should definitely consider getting your hair done!
I was told that they also have an outlet in Singapore! If you feeling like getting your hair done, yet not going to Seoul you should totally check their store at Far East Plaza instead!
They display their prices online (both for KR and SG), so do check it out!