Completely obsessed with these little red bean cakes from Gook Hwa House located outside of the Assi Supermarket in Koreatown. How have I lived here for a year and not discovered this until now, I do not know. Made fresh on the spot, you can help yourself to however many of the little delicious morsels as you can stuff into a bag. Okay, they’re 9 for $3 but it’s pretty much a whole bag full. What’s even cooler is that its literally all self serve…even when it comes to paying. You put your money in a bin, and take the proper change from the other bins. Kinda cool right?
Since I’m Chinese, and not Korean I have no idea how to pronounce these but the red bean cakes are called “gook hwa bbang” and the little sweet pancakes they have that are $1 each are called “ho dduk” which are a favorite of the boyfriend. They taste like an asian cinnamon roll pancake…if there were such a thing. This dude seriously has the best job ever. Hanging out making delectable treats all day. I confess, I end up eating all 9 in one sitting! Yes, this is why I still can’t fit into my favorite pair of Cheap Mondays.