For the best tea in Seoul, one has to make his way down to O’sulloc (오설록).
When one is to think about tea, his mind will naturally drift towards the matcha and hojicha from the land of the rising sun or the spiced aromatics from India. It is regrettable that the unique tea culture in Korea has lost its glory over the years, and that’s what the late Seo Seong-Hwan, founder of O’sulloc, wanted to change.
With the ideology is to reinvigorate Korea’s tea culture, O’sulloc quickly made a name for itself and the Korea tea scene, and soon opened up O’sulloc Tea House, a modernized cafe serving green tea desserts and drinks.
I came across the Myeongdong branch on my last night in Seoul.
It has three levels, the first one serving as a merchandise shop and for quick takeaways while the second one has ample space to chill with a group of friends.
Green Tea Double Cheese Cake | ₩6,500
This layered cheesecake took my breath away with its multidimensional flavors. Starting from the bitterness of the raw green tea syrup coating the top, followed by a milky layer of cream cheese and lastly a sweetened green tea flavored cheesecake. The crust is also made up of a crushed green tea sort of cake.
The only complain I have is that it is definitely way too small!
Green Tea Croque Monsieur | ₩5,500
A croque monsieur is basically a grilled cheese and ham sandwich. O’sulloc replaced the bread with a green tea infused one.
To my disappointment, while the bread was fluffy, there was barely any signs of green tea in the sandwich.
Hot Green Tea Latte | ₩6,500
I have always been hesitant of ordering green tea lattes as the ones that I have drank before are either overly sweet or too powdery.
O’sulloc’s signature green tea latte has a good ratio of milk and green tea powder; a mild bitterness, slightly milkier.
Other than green tea, O’sulloc produces a large variety of tea, from the ones that we are more familiar with, to their specialTEAs (pun intended) such as Moon Walk, Jeju Orchid Green Tea and Red Papaya Black Tea.
My personal favorite is the Moon Walk, which is a fermented tea with a sweet pear aroma.
Their tea comes in different packages- leaves, packets and powdered.
O’sulloc’s Green Tea Milk Spread, a best-seller there!
Surprisingly, tea is not only good for your tummy, but also for your skin! Using natural ingredients, O’sulloc has pushed out a line of skin care products- the Green Tea Cleansing Foam, Green Tea Cleansing Oil and Green Tea Facial Mask etc.
12 Myeongdong 7-gil, Myeongdong 1(il)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Tel: +82 2-774-5460
Opening hours: 10am – 11pm
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