Alien's Day Out

Cook and Book Cafe @ Hongdae

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Cook and Book has relocated to a new location near Hapjeong. Naver Map.

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One cafe that has long been on my list of places to check out is Cook and Book which is tucked away in one of the residential streets of Hongdae. It’s actually run by the lady I took a few baking classes from several years ago. When I took her classes, she was super kind and accommodating to my vegan needs, and I’ve been wanting to visit her and support her cafe. I also bought her baking book and plan on buying her new cookbook that just came out the other week. She is not vegan herself and her cafe does not claim to be specifically vegan, but it has plenty of vegan choices on the menu (or almost vegan, as I later learned…).

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The interior is open, spacious and inviting, and everything is sophisticated with a bit of cuteness mixed in.

The first time I went, I ordered the soy maple yogurt after the server confirmed that it was “vegan” (sorry, no photo). It was impressively delicious and tasted exactly like regular yogurt with that tangy, slightly sour taste. However, I later learned that it’s made using Yogourmet kefir starter which contains dairy milk powder. :(

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Brownies, muffins, and cookies.

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Biscotti.

Also, while she does not use dairy milk, eggs, or butter in her baked goods, drinks, and puddings, vegans should know that she uses Samyook soy milk, which is a brand that contains vitamin D3. So technically, it’s not vegan…. If you let her know that you are strict vegan, she will use Yonsei organic soy milk in your drink, but everything else is currently made with Samyook soy milk.

I don’t want to sound like the Vegan Police because I really hate legalism and I don’t want to criticize omnis who have good intentions and try to accommodate us vegans, but I’m just letting you guys know, so you can make your own informed decision…. I still love the cafe. The fact that she uses whole, natural ingredients with very minimal amounts of animal products in her baking and food is pretty rad. Infact, there’s a good chance that she will switch to a vegan brand of soy milk for everything in the future, in which case, Cook and Book will probably become my new fave cafe in Seoul. :)

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Coffee~~ My hot americano was 3,000 won.

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On one of my visits, I got the berry jelly which is made with agar. Since there’s no gelatine in it, the texture is different from traditional jello in that it doesn’t exactly ‘jiggle,’ but rather melts in the mouth.

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It was a nice refreshing treat. Not too sweet and I liked the variety of berries suspended in the jelly. I only wished it were bigger! :)

In addition to loads of soy smoothies and delicious-sounding milkshakes (just ask for vegan soy milk), there are also two veggie sandwich options for those who are hungry for a meal (around 8,000 won). I’m definitely gonna try them on my next trip to Hongdae.

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Another thing that will keep me coming back to this cafe is the big bookcase filled with English cooking and baking books and food magazines. Loads of foodie inspiration!

Directions to Cook and Book Cafe:

Cook and Book has relocated to a new location near Hapjeong. Naver Map.
Hongdae Station, Line 2, Exit 8. About a 7 minute-walk from the station.
It’s a bit complicated to give proper directions, so please refer to this Naver map.
There is also a map on this bottom of this blog post.

English spoken, free wifi available (with password).

7 Comments

  1. I've been looking for a nice place to read in Seoul. Cute post!

  2. I am a new Vegan as of January 1st. I was a little confused about the soy milk that made it dairy. I take Vitamin D3, is that the dairy factor? Help.
    Very nice blog post, and I love the new look

  3. @cari burk Vitamin D3 that is added to fortify food products is usually derived from sheep's wool. But your body also produces it after some sun exposure. You can find more info here.

    http://www.vrg.org/journal/vj2009issue2/2009_issue2_vitamin_d.php

  4. Mipa, thank you for the information. I am learning more and more since becoming Vegan. It is amazing how many things have either dairy, egg, gelatin, and other animal derived products. I have learned to read the fine print

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  6. Hi! I just went there and this place is closed. Maybe they’re just renovating, but I think you should update your post.

  7. Here’s the new address!

    서울시 마포구 합정동 361-26

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