**UPDATE: This Purely Decadent location has closed.
I often look at blogs about vegans in the US and just get jealous, wishing that I could have as many food options as they have. But there is one area where Korea seems to have a leg up on the US: Purely Decadent Cafes! There are a total of 8 of these cafes in Seoul alone, and more throughout the country.
This chocolate one is probably my favorite flavor- I haven’t tried many others because I always just want this one. The chewy brownie chunks are the best, and the almond bits provide a lovely bit of crunch. Rad.
Although this might seem like a vegan’s heaven, I have two gripes about these Purely Decadent cafes:
1. It’s expensive! One teeny scoop costs 3,800 won, which is a little over $3. craaazy. I guess they know the lengths that vegans and lactose-intolerant people will go for their ice cream fix.
2. The ice cream is probably the only thing that’s vegan. For some illogical reason, they don’t use or even provide soymilk for their drinks! So their lattes and crappuccinos all use regular cow’s milk. That just makes no sense. You would think a cafe by ‘SOY Delicious’ would provide SOYmilk, but nope. Also, all other food items on the menu are not vegan, such as their waffles, breads, or muffins.
Anyway, I’m not complaining, really! Korea, of all places, has vegan ice cream cafes. Woot!