Hello friends! My friend Su is hosting a virtual tea party and this month she’s got some scrumptious pastries, snacks and breads to share. For my contribution, I bring you a slice of vegan coconut banana pound cake and a some vegan milk tea from Veganique, a local vegan bakery and cafe.
Address: 52-35 Ewhayeodae-gil, Daehyeon-dong / Google Map Link
Veganique is located in a hidden alley just off the main gate of Ewha Womans University. In normal times, the area is crawling with tourists and students alike. There’s plenty of boutique shops, all the mid-range Korean makeup brands, cafes and eateries up and down the main streets. However, insiders know to take a right turn into the alley next to the main gate for some hidden gems. Just follow the painted pear flowers to enter the alley.
Veganique had an established online business before they opened their physical store about three months ago… just as Coronavirus was blowing up in Korea. I really feel for all small businesses affected by the virus, but especially those that planned openings for that time. Being next to the world’s largest women’s university AND a tourist hotspot would normally be a great location for a trendy vegan bakery. But normal left the building a long time ago. I spoke a bit with the owner, and it sounds like they’re getting by as of now.
This day I tried their signature vegan milk tea (earl grey with soy milk) and the coconut banana pound cake. The cake was wonderfully banana-soft in the middle and coconut-crispy on the outside. The milk tea was just sweet enough, but not too sweet like the milk teas sold in convenience stores.
The bakery has many other yummy offerings: peanut butter brownie, orange caramel tea cake, plum chocolate brownie, green tea ganache… You can be sure I’ll be doing my part to support local business by trying them all. (It’s a tough job, but somebody’s gotta do it!)
After cake and tea I stopped by an indie bookstore across the way and picked up a magazine about the nearby neighborhood of Yeonnam-dong. I’ve already explored a little of Yeonnam-dong for its boutique stationery shops and cafes. Now I’m excited to learn more about the neighborhood.
Thanks for joining me at this virtual tea party. Be sure to check out Su’s post for links to more yummy goodies from around the world!