Alien's Day Out

The Hungry Dog & Random Eats


It’s been a bit busy these days so I haven’t been able to blog for more than a whole week! :( But I’m back and have some pics to share~~

A friend and I recently went to The Hungry Dog for a light lunch in Haebangchon. We initially wanted to go to Casablanca but they were closed so we went to the Hungry Dog instead. They have a lot of meat-filled options, but sadly not too many veggie choices. I heard that they have a good lentil soup there, but upon asking the server we learmed that the veggies are sautéed in ‘I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter’ which is not vegan. It’s a shame because it would be so easy for them to make that soup vegan by just using olive oil, that way everyone could eat it.

So in the end, we got a Greek salad without the feta cheese, and their edamame hummus sandwich on pita bread instead of their non-vegan white bread.

The sandwich was smaller than I expected, but the green edamame spread inside was delicious and creamy.

Directions to The Hungry Dog: Noksapyeong Station, line 6, exit 2. Walk straight down the road and follow as it veers left to Haebangchon road. Pass the kimchi pots lining the left side. The Hungry Dog will be on your left, about a 3-minute walk after the kimchi pots.
Address: 45-13 1F, Yongsan-dong 2-ga, Yongsan-gu, 140-842 Seoul, South Korea
Phone: 070-7635-7516

Speaking of edamame, I found some bushels of it at my neighborhood outdoor market. Haven’t seen these anywhere in sooo long.

Totally got caught in some torrential rain.

One of the highlights of last week was having the pleasure of baking for Jane McGonigal, a scientist, researcher, writer, Ted Talk speaker,and SF vegan! I watched her Ted Talk which was really interesting and inspiring, so I was stoked to know that she’s vegan and follows my blog~! She was visiting Korea from San Francisco and ordered a chocolate cake with strawberry frosting for her and her friends to share.

I didn’t take a photo of her actual cake, but it looked something like this one that I made for Botton Cafe, except with chocolate cake on the inside.

When we met in person, she pulled out a surprise baggie of goodies which included some of my favorite things!! Larabars and Justin’s peanut butter cups. She know me too well. Wheeee! Cwistmas!

And ofcourse, I’ve been hanging out at Botton cafe whenever I deliver stuff to them in person.

Vegan Flat White with soy milk! As far as I know, this is the only cafe in Seoul with this option.

Here’s a photo of some yummy korean banchans..

A precious plate of leafy greens. Lettuce is super expensive these days because the recent typhoon damaged a lot of the crops.

Finally, I’ve been meaning to mention this earlier, but for the past two months I’ve had vegan recipe published in the Korean Bakery magazine! This month’s issue includes two vegan muffin recipes. Savory corn muffins and peach streusel muffins. And next month’s will be scones! I’m really excited and honored to be a part of the mag, and that I get to introduce more koreans to vegan baking. It’s especially humbling since most of the other bakers featured in there have professional pastry training. On shelves at Kyobo and other major book stores! :)

Anyway, thanks for reading, and hope you have a good Monday. Let’s kick some bootay this week!


  1. Ahhh!!!! So excited that you’re getting published in bakery mags!!! Good luck this week with everything else you’ve got going on! ;)

  2. Wow! You’re really making a name for yourself. I remember when this was just a humble little vegan blog. Congrats!! I may not be a ted talker, but I definitely know where I’m getting my birthday cake! :)

  3. The cake that you made for Jane, is that something I could order? If not, do any restaurants or cafes get them? And if so, where are they so I can go immediately!

  4. Mipa, you are really getting to be big-time! :D Congratulations. That cake looks really gorgeous and delicious, too. I know it’s an “archival” cake, not the current one, but it’s so adorable—with the fat cherries sitting on top of their frosting tuffets–that I had to say something.

    My heart goes out to the lettuce of Korea! :( I adore leafy greens and am sorry for the farmers and the people who wanted to buy and eat their delicious products.

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