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Brooklyn Bagel Cafe

Last weekend I decided to embrace the spring weather and get my fat arse out for a workout. Much to his dismay I dragged TFB out with me too. After a bracing walk around the park and quick sop at the HBC Ogari fruit and veg lady we headed back down. For being so virtuous I thought we were both in need of reward so we stopped by Brooklyn Bagel cafe on the way home for a treat. The small store is located at the far end of the main drag of HBC almost opposite the CU. Up at the counter is a menu and a refrigerator full of different cream cheeses and 8 different flavours of bagels. The cute cafe has seating inside and out which is always a plus on a sunny day.

After much deliberation, I decided to go for one of the sandwich style bagels and settled on the Chicken Salad (4,000). The best thing about this sandwich is that they let you choose your bagel, and after looking at their selection I went for the everything bagel. The bagel was nice enough, and it came stuffed with a rather nice chicken mayo and a little bit of salad. For 4,000 it was definitely a bargain, you rarely find a sandwich that is under 5,000 these days and although it was small I think most people would be satisfied.

TFB true to form opted for the Salmon with cream cheese (6,000), probably because he knew I wouldn’t ask for a bite. He got his salmon on a jalapeno bagel which personally I thought an odd choice but each to their own. I didn’t actually try this, as you know my feelings about salmon well, especially stuff at the cheaper end of the scale. But he said it had a nice flavour, and there was plenty of salmon with a little bit of zing from the red onion. He agree that the bagel was decent for the price, though wouldn’t have noticed that it was jalapeño flavoured.

Overall I cant say its the best bagel I’ve ever had, or even the best one I have had in Seoul, so I wouldn’t go out of my way for it. However if you are in HBC and in need of a sandwich style snack on a budget or fancy picking up breakfast for you and your latest Tinder hook up then its worth swinging by especially if you are up early or on a walk of shame because it opens at 7am.

Brooklyn Bagel Cafe is located at 44 Sinheung-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul. To get there take a train to Noksapyeong station (line 6). Walk straight out of exit 2 for about 200 meters and take the first left and walk straight along the road with all the kimchi pots. Keep walking straight along this street past Phillies and Casablanca, you will see Brooklyn Bagel Cafe up ahead on the right hand side next to 8 Piece. For more information you can visit their facebook page. They are open every day from 7am-8pm.

Fat Girl – products!


So after month and months of thinking and considering if this is a good idea, I  have finally decided to bring out a few of my culinary creations to sell. I will only be making them on a small scale, I am not a production line! They will be sold at the Pinoy Mart in HBC. I chose the Pinoy Mart for two reasons, number one it is very close, and number two the lady there is very lovely (basically she let me). I have lots of ideas for things I will be selling, depending on the time and season. First up is my Onion Jam and Tomato and Herb Focaccia bread. So be sure to get down there quick and secure yourself some before its all gone.

Here’s a sneak preview of my bread and jams. Are you impressed with my label making skills? Who would have thought I’d had it in me, certainly not me after the great christmas cookies decorating dilemma. Clearly I do have a slight touch of creative talent somewhere within me. For those of you not familiar with onion jam, it is amazeballs for want of a better word. Sticky, sweet and slightly sour oniony goodness. Goes amazingly on burgers, cheese and crackers, and cream cheese bagels.


I also decided to sell my tomato and herb focaccia bread, mainly because I think it’s pretty damn good and one of the best things I make. Incidentally it goes perfectly with the onion jam.


So if you would like to stock up on some Fat Girl Onion Jam or Focaccia bread then head to the Pinoy Mart in Hae Bang Chon. To get to the Pinoy Mart take a train to Noksapyeong station (Line 6). Walk straight out of exit 2 for about 200 meters and take the first left and walk straight along the road with all the kimchi pots. Keep going straight along that road, you will pass Noa, Burgermine, and a chicken shop. The Pinoy Mart is just on your right opposite Fix.