On of the recommendations our guide made last night was to visit Sung Sim Dang Bakery while we were in Daejeon. After the information centre also recommended it, I though that it would have to be a pretty popular spot to be one of the first places recommended in Daejeon.
Established in 1956, this bakery has been listed in the Michelin Guide for Korea, and is known for baking breads with a Korean twist. The bakery itself is easy to find, as it is on one of the side streets off of the Sky Road. Reading a little Korean helps with signs, but we managed to find it without any issues. There is actually several restaurants as well as the cake speciality shop and original bakery. We just visited the original bakery, although the cakes within their speciality shop did look rather amazing…
Inside it was packed and could be challenging to get around at times. Staff are continually cutting up sample breads from the breads for sale, and there tends to be a swarm of people that follows that staff member making it difficult to move around.
Once we were able to get there we picked three different breads. Our first choice looks rather unusual and I’m not sure what the complete translation is, but it was listed as some form of cream cheese bread. To me it looks like the bread is coloured with squid ink, and taste wise it tasted like there was a small layer of cheese covered with custard inside. Rather unusual but delicious. At $2,800 won (about $3 AUD) this was the most expensive bread we picked.
Our second choice, like the first, was also picked based on a sample (it was rather good). This one was listed as a peanut cream bread and had crunchy peanuts on the outside with fresh cream on the inside. Delicious, but personally I think I prefer the flavours of the first one. This bread was the cheapest of the three at 1,200 won (about $1.2 AUD).
Finally, the last choice from the bakery had to be their speciality. We had heard that the Fried Soboro was what had made them famous, and at an affordable 1,500 won (about $1.5 AUD) we had to try one out. These are a red bean bun, covered with crunchy pieces and deep fried to a crisp. It was a bit oily, but the flavours were rather nice and the red bean wasn’t too sweet which is always good!