Chilli Cha Cha Croquettes in Hapjeong

Sometimes you find something and it’s meant to be. I’m that way with croquettes. I never had them before coming to Korea, but these small balls of fried goodness are amazing! I actually heard about them first in an Eat Your Kimchi video on YouTube and decided to venture out to Hapjeong myself to see what these croquettes were all about. My first time eating here was actually in 2012! They made a few changes to the interior since then, but these croquettes in Hapjeong still have that amazing taste that made me fall in love.

Croquettes in Hapjeong Storefront

Croquettes in Hapjeong Inside

This shop is a little hard to find because it’s not near the subway station. It is actually close to parking lot street in Hongdae. It’s name is Chilli Cha Cha because of it’s chilli, but I can’t really comment on that because they make their chilli with pork!

Croquettes in Hapjeong Croquettes

Croquettes in Hapjeong Open Croquettes

Their croquettes range from $1-2 which is so cheap! If you are looking for a cheap meal, this is it. My go-tos are usually the tomato, basil cream and fruit. The tomato croquette has this deep tomato and herb flavor that can’t be beat. You’ll know what I”m talking about if you try it, the flavor just hits you. The basil cream is amazing as well with it’s creamy filling. They are filled with barley which gives it a unique flavor. I could literally eat them for days! The most expensive croquette, the fruit, is a mix of seasonal fruits. It kind of tastes like fried apple pie!

Croquettes in Hapjeong Basil Cream Croquettes

Croquettes in Hapjeong Tomato Croquette

I’m in love with this place. Maybe the best part of all is that the owner plays some seriously gangster rap inside of the store. It’s so out of place and yet isn’t haha. It’s definitely a unique experience. With their price and taste, I don’t see myself giving them up anytime soon.

Q: Have you tried croquettes? What is your favorite flavor?

To get to Chilli Cha Cha, go to Hapjeong Station exit 5. Take the first right and walk down and around the bend. Walk down this main street until you see a 7 Eleven on your left. Chilli Cha Cha is right across from it.

Oak Valley Snow Park

I love sledding! Some of my favorite memories as a kid is going with my family to a park that was nearby our home to sled. There was a very steep hill there that all of us kids would sled on year after year. I haven’t been back in ages, but I guess it wouldn’t feel so steep anymore. I still love that feeling of sliding fast down a slope. This sounds crazy, but crashing at the bottom was fun too! Ah, to be a kid again. I’m an adult now but I’m still down for any sledding that comes my way. This winter I headed to Oak Valley Snow Park in Gangwondo to get my fix.

Oak Valley Sign Board

Oak Valley Ski Hill

Oak Valley Snow Park is a pretty large and famous resort for winter activities. There are many places to stay there and you can ski and snowboard as well. When we were there the fun was in full force despite the lack of snow! It was freezing though.

Oak Valley Sledding Hill

Oak Valley Waiting to Go Down

Sledding was 12,000 for three hours and you better believe I took advantage of all three hours! It was a little tiring because you had to walk uphill to get back to the top each time and the slushy snow made it a little difficult. I thought it was adorable that they had a little hook that you could hook your tube on to slowly carry small kids and babies up the hill! Too bad they couldn’t have an adult version haha.

Oak Valley Sliding Down the Hill

Oak Valley Sledding

We had a ton of fun and it was totally worth it! I wish we had stayed longer because the skiing looked amazing. You could rent gear there for a reasonable price and even get training if you are a beginner. I’m so sad I won’t get a chance to go again next winter.

Q: What is your favorite thing to do in the winter?

Dongbinggo Patbingsu

The Seoul bingsu tour has officially started! I can’t believe I’ve been wasting all of this time not eating bingsu. To remedy that, I’m trying a whole bunch of bingsu places to figure out which one I like the best and to hopefully get my fix before leaving Seoul for good. First up on my list was the most famous bingsu in Seoul, Dongbinggo. Dongbinggo is located in Ichon-dong and is constantly on the best bingsus in Seoul lists.

Dongbinggo Storefront in Ichon

Dongbinggo Royal Milk Tea Bingsus

I decided to start with this one because of it’s reputation. I probably should have just tried their original, but when I saw that they had a royal milk tea bingsu I couldn’t resist. Their royal milk tea bingsu comes with bananas, chocolate sauce, raw walnuts, vanilla ice cream and the best part of all… roasted coconut! The milk tea is hidden on the bottom.

When I first tried it I was immediately disappointed. After I mixed the milk tea with the shaved ice it was 100x better. The nuts and roasted coconut gave it a nice texture and at the end, I did end up liking it.

Dongbinggo Royal Milk Tea Bingsu Deliciousness

Dongbinggo Royal Milk Tea Bingsu CLose Up

It definitely wasn’t what I was expecting considering the reputation of Dongbinggo. Maybe I hyped it up too much.

Also, the workers were incredibly rude when we came. We weren’t sure about the system of the place because it seemed like people were waiting outside to be called but the main girl working there kept making eye contact with us and ignoring us. We were pretty angry. We thought they might be shy to help us because they don’t speak English but after we sat down and called out our order the woman told us in perfect English that we had to pay first! What is up with that?

Dongbinggo Seoul Bridge Traffic

Dongbinggo Night Walking on the Han

We came at the right time because shortly after we sat down there was a huge line outside waiting to eat inside. The shop is really tiny and can only seat about seven groups of people inside. The prices range from 6,500₩ to 7,000₩ and you can choose from original, original with grain powder, green tea, royal milk tea and coffee. When I was there they also were featuring a strawberry bingsu. Their shop is really close to the Han River so you can take a quick walk over and get some exercise after you’ve finished.

To be honest, I really like for the milk/tea to be mixed with the ice so I wasn’t a huge fan of Dongbinggo.

Q: Have you ever tried patbingsu?

To get to Dongbinggo, take the subway to Ichon Station and walk straight out of exit 4. Cross the street and grab the 3012, 100, 2016, or 6211 bus to KeumKang Hospital. It will take about six minutes. Dongbinggo is right across from the hospital.

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