Snow cafés in Manila have grown rapidly over the past few months, and we reckon it may be because of the country’s love for the Korean culture and our tropicall heat. Waking up one weekend morning craving for something sweet, cool, yet savory, we thought we would give one of them a try for brunch.
Hobing Korean Dessert Café is one of the famous bingsu, or in Filipino terms, Korean Halo-Halo, cafés in the country. It first opened at the BGC Stopover, then quickly expanded to Lucky Chinatown Mall, Glorietta 4, SM Megamall, Makati Jupiter Street, 30th Ayala Mall, and Avida Tower Centera. Besides the Bingsu and pastries, they also serve Set Meals (Bingsu and Toasts) and other Ice Blended drinks.
“Annyeonghaseyo,” a famous greeting that rings a bell, letting us know that we are definitely in for some fantastic Korean fare. The staff are indeed accommodating, and we also loved that the whole place gave us a completely relaxing Korean café experience. This is one Instagrammable place that you shouldn’t miss, because each corner is truly photo worthy, even the restroom can make you feel like a K-Pop star.
We’ve heard only good things about their bingsu, but we were definitely there for the breads with Injeolmi! An Injeolmi is made of glutinous rice flour, and is a popular ingredient in traditional Korean food.
The Garlic Cheese Injeolmi Toast (PHP 220.00) was the first one on our list, as its sweet, savory scent definitely made our excited tummies hungrier! Melted cheese on top with maple syrup are the first things that you will see, but on your first bite the famous Injeolmi would surprise you through its interesting texture and some deliciously comforting flavors.
Honey Butter Bread (PHP 220.00)
The sweet Honey Butter Bread (PHP 220.00) was the next one on our list. It also has Injeolmi in the middle of the bread, but the game changer with this one is that it is served with vanilla ice cream! Sweet, cool, chewy and creamy, this is one combination we wouldn’t mind coming back for again and again.
Overall, our visit definitely gave us a good glimpse of what a delicious Korean brunch could be.
Hobing Korean Dessert Cafe
Third Floor, BGC Stopover Pavilion
Rizal Driver Corner 31st Street,
Bonifacio Global City, Taguig