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O’sulloc Teahouse

Address: Myeongdong
Directions from website: From exit 8 of Myeongdong Station (subway line 4) proceed between La Bellavita (coffee shop) and Crown Bakery for about 250m to WHO.A.U (clothes store). Turn left, and walk a short distance and you’ll find the O’sulloc Teahouse on your left.

This place is easy to find because the teahouse is very hard to miss. It has a large, beautiful façade, with nice paneling. This is a popular place for desserts and their green tea flavours are not to be missed.

We had the green tea cheesecake and a mini green, which was basically a green tea cake/mousse thingamajiggy. It was very delicate, and with a wonderful subtle green tea flavour. The green tea sauce (sic) on top of the cake gave it an extra boost of green tea flavour which was lovely. (It really looked like kaya, and got us all excited!)

The green tea cheesecake was also a delicate little beauty. It was airy and soft and melted in our mouths.

The prices here are not cheap, but you get to sit in a pretty little restaurant, and have some really dainty little desserts. O’sulloc sells a lot of tea related products, so we got some really pretty looking tea thingy which will serve as really nice gifts!

As a side note, have we mentioned that we really, really love being back in Asia, and travelling in Korea? It’s so wonderful having all the prices listed with tax included, service is excellent, there is no service tax imposed on you, and you don’t have to tip at all (in fact we read in a guide book that you shouldn’t tip, for some strange reason). Plus the food is good and portions are not belly-stuffingly huge, so you don’t feel like a pregnant cow after every meal.

Service: 7.5/10
Food: 6.5/10

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Berryline

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We had frozen yogurt quite a lot in the days before we left London, and in those days A’s had extremely good bowel movements. She’s always had a problem going to the toilet regularly, and never in her life has she had as smooth bowel movements as the days when she’s had frozen yogurt. Hence, she swears by the probiotic contents in yogurt. Since leaving London, we’ve not had a chance to have any frozen yogurt, so her bowel movements went back to their old shitty ways (or lack thereof). We’ve heard about Berryline from a few people, and were very excited to go there for our frozen yogurt fix.

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Berryline is near Harvard Square, and is frequented by Harvard students. There’s not much seating available in the shop, so the sidewalks outside Berryline are usually full of people enjoying their froyo.

We tried the coconut almond flavour, the lychee flavour and the original flavour. All were excellent, and you can add a whole range of toppings on your frozen yogurt. We loved the strawberry and mango toppings. They were so refreshing and addictive that after finishing a small cup each, we went back for a second round! They were that good.

Service: NA
Food: 7/10

Teariffic Café

51 Mott Street
New York, NY 10013
212 393 9009

Bubble tea is something we really, really like. Back in Singapore many years ago, there was a bubble tea craze that went really out of control, and though it’s died out quite a while ago, it has always retained a special place in the hearts of all Singaporeans. (Now it seems the bubble tea craze might be resurfacing woohoo!!)

While studying in London, we’ve tried very hard to find a place that sells good bubble tea. Unfortunately, none of them can ever match up to the bubble tea found in Singapore or Taiwan. Some of them can get the taste of the tea right, but not a single shop has achieved the perfect consistency of the pearls that is so important in a kickass bubble tea.

The bubble tea at Teariffic Café is quite hands down the best bubble tea we’ve ever had outside Singapore and Taiwan. The tea is fragrant and not too sweet, and the pearls are absolutely fantastic. They have the perfect balance of chewy, firm, bouncy textures, and are just lovely to enjoy on a hot summer day.

Service: NA
Food: 7/10

Chinatown Ice Cream Factory

65 Bayard Street
New York, NY 10013
212 608 4170
http://www.chinatownicecreamfactory.com/

This place has been featured in lots of guide books for having really awesome ice cream.

We went in and ordered a single cup of green tea ice cream, and were just blown away by the wonderful fragrance of the green tea. This is something we’ve never experienced in any green tea ice cream, so it was really nice to be able to taste the natural bitterness and fragrance of green tea in our ice cream. One criticism would be that it could use with a little less sweetness, to let the subtle flavours really sing.

Service: NA
Food: 6.5/10

Doughnut Plant

379 Grand St
New York 10002
212 505 3700
http://www.doughnutplant.com/

Featured on the Food Network’s show ‘Best thing I ever ate’, the Doughnut Plant was another destination we really wanted to go to while we were in New York. The Doughnut Plant sells nothing but doughnuts, and the one we had our eye on was their peanut butter and jelly doughnut.

First up, their peanut butter and jelly doughnut is massive. It’s almost as big as A’s face, and is filled with a yummy jelly filling, with a very generous slightly toasted peanut butter glaze. The doughnut itself is quite dense, unlike the Krispy Kreme version, and it was a very yummy creation, the sweetness of the jelly balanced by the saltiness of the peanut butter.

We got a crème brulee doughnut as well. This was tiny, and had an intensely sweet crème filling. We didn’t like this as much, because we found the sweetness a little too sickening. It definitely needed a little saltiness or bitterness to balance the sweetness, like what the peanut butter did to the first doughnut we had.

Service: NA
Food: 6/10

Butter lane

123 E 7th St # 2
New York, NY 10009
212 677 2880
http://butterlane.com/

In short, the best cupcakes we’ve ever had. We bought just one cupcake there, their best seller, the banana peanut butter cupcake. The cupcake was very moist, and had a lovely banana flavor. As usual, A was only interested in the cupcake, since she hates frosting, and she was wondering where the peanut butter in this banana peanut butter cupcake was, until she finally took a little bit of the frosting, and found what she was looking for.

The frosting is literally the icing on the cake, and it just completes the entire cupcake. A found herself going for more of the frosting as well, which just goes shows how delicious it was.

Service: NA
Food: 7.5/10

Stand

24 E 12th St (5th Avenue and University Place)
New York, NY 10003

Stand is a burger bar located very strategically near Manhattan’s Union Square, near the busy NYU area. Its burgers are generally quite well received, but what we walked all the way there to get was their Toasted Marshmallow Gelato Shake. Featured on the ‘Sugar Rush’ episode of the Food Network’s hit ‘Best Thing I Ever Ate’, it has developed a ‘devout neighbourhood following’, so says one review we found online. Well, it’s nowhere near our neighbourhood, but it’s got us following too, and it’s really good.

Make that really good, and really, really, really, over-the-top, just-a-little-more-and-it-would-be-sickeningly sweet good. The milkshake is very sweet and very thick and everything a milkshake should be, but what really makes this milkshake are the toasted marshmallows. Besides adding yet another layer of sweetness (as if that was needed), they give a nice subtle bitterness from the little toasted bits, which makes the milkshake intriguing and multi-dimensional. This is definitely worth a try, but make sure you go with someone who is willing to share – it’s quite too sweet to finish all by yourself.

Service: NA
Food: 6.5/10