Danielle Davidson is currently studying abroad in Seoul, South Korea. This is her first hand experience with living abroad.
When I think of waffles I think of a relaxed Saturday morning breakfast, and I think plenty Americans associate waffles and toast with the morning hours of the day.
That isn’t the case here in Seoul, because here waffles are served at coffee shops, street carts and restaurants, and are seen as more of a dessert than a way to start the day.
Waffles with ice cream, waffles with whipped cream and waffles with drizzles of chocolate can be found in the city. It’s common to see people eating different types of waffles as a post-meal snack. I tried a waffle with whipped cream and frozen yogurt after dinner (sans syrup) and it was a sweet surprise. I’d never have thought of waffles as being dessert, but as I thought about it I realized they were perfect for any time of day, and post-meal might even suit them better.
Now waffles are understandably a sweeter food and can be transferred from meal to meal in small adjustments, but toast for dessert holds an odd sense. When a friend here in Seoul told me about the toast she had the other night, I was a bit skeptical. I thought, ‘Who eats toast for dessert? I don’t even eat toast for breakfast…’ But, she went on and on about the toast and told me I had to try it, so I did. When we got to the café and sat down with our toast I was shocked.
This did not look like the toast I was imagining. Two large slices of soft-toasted bread with a mound of whipped cream placed in the middle and small stripes of chocolate syrup across its body. It looked delicious, cake-like and almost angelic (if a piece of toast can be). Bread never tasted so good.
Now that I’ve had waffles and toast for dessert, I feel like I’ve taken another step towards adapting to a new society.
If you’re ever in Seoul, eat some toast and maybe some waffles too.
See you next time!