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Sweet Potato Pastries for “Chuseok”

This year’s 추석: (Chuseok or Korean Thanksgiving Day) falls on September 19th. As one of the most important celebrations in South Korea is fast approaching, Chuseok gift sets abound. Have you thought of what present to bring along when you visit your husband’s parents or your Korean friend’s house?

If you happen to pass by Dongdaemun station, why not check out 고구마명가 (Goguma myeongga)? This small cafe and bakery, which is actually just a food stall, sells delicious pie, bread, cookies and other pastries made of goguma or sweet potato. They have gift sets which are very affordable and perfect as Chuseok presents.

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Here are gift set samples for Chuseok.

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A 20-piece gift set costs 26 USD (1,137 PHP); a 14-piece gift set is 17 USD (771 PHP)… not too pricey compared to other Chuseok gifts like traditional Korean sweets or pastries, wine, fruit, meat, etc.

Today, I found a Chuseok gift set of traditional Korean sweets in Lotte Department Store, and my jaw dropped when I looked at the price… 200,000 KRW (183 USD) (8,119 PHP)! Traditional Korean sweets are not even that toothsome.

I don’t really like sweet potatoes, but 고구마명가 makes very good sweet potato pastries. My favorite is goguma-green tea pie which is best eaten when it is just out of the oven. I always ask for the newly-baked pie whenever I buy.

Here in Korea, there are so many dishes made of sweet potato, from appetizers to desserts such as salad, pizza, cookies, cake and even ice cream! Sometimes it’s cooked with meat, too.

You can buy 20 pieces of assorted sweet potato cookies in a box for 16 USD (731 PHP). If you would like to bring some for your family, you can buy 10 pieces of different flavors of pie and cookies for 13 USD (568 PHP).

I bought sweet potato pastries for my parents-in-law the other day, and they liked them. I am going to order a Chuseok set for my husband’s eldest uncle. I think his family will like the gift. =)

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고구마명가 has shops all over Korea. Here is a list of where the shops are located and their numbers. Visit their website for more information. 

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What other gifts are great for Chuseok? Please share them with us by clicking the comment button. ^^

Have a happy Chuseok! ^^


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Ashley’s Cheesecake

I looove cheesecake! ^^ Here in Korea, my favorite cheesecake is the one from Ashley. My husband likes it, too. In fact, every year on our wedding anniversary, hubby buys cheesecake and wine for our simple celebration at home. It has become an anniversary tradition.

On our 100th day wedding anniversary ^^

My “sweet” husband set the table for some cake and wine. ^^

On our first wedding anniversary ^^

On White Day ^^

Ashley’s cheese cake doesn’t look as mouth-watering as other cakes in Korea that are colorful and beautifully decorated. It looks like a piece of bread (or cheese) when sliced, but wait until you taste it. It’s creamy, moist, smooth and very delicious. Hubby and I can finish half of the whole cake in one sitting.

This is the way we like to eat our cake. ^^

Last Sunday, we had early dinner in Ashley. (It was supposed to be a lunch date, but we woke up at 3 PM and left the house around 5.) Ashley is an American grill and salad buffet restaurant. I like most of the salads, but sometimes the menu is changed, and some salads are replaced with other dishes. This time, the theme of the menu is Color Fall Story, so when we ate there, there were more salads to enjoy. I must have eaten too much, so when it was time for dessert, I barely had “space” for cake. Hubby and I had coffee and talked for a while. Later, we got some nachos and cake… and more coffee. ^^ I must have had five or six slices of cheese cake!

There’s also chocolate cake in Ashley, but I don’t like chocolate cake that much.

You can order cake to-go from Ashley. I think it’s a nice gift to give to a friend if you’ve been invited to lunch or dinner.