Dream Tea: Snow Bingsoo

It seems like the latest food trend that has been hitting YEG lately is shaved ice dessert! I've seen it pop up in various eateries (Dream Tea, Seorak, Hanjan) these past months. Dessert cafes with a focus on this Asian dessert are slowly appearing around the city as well (BlackBall and soon to be Snowy Village). Shaved ice dessert consists of soft shaved ice with different toppings. The shaved ice is usually covered in milk and its texture is suppose to have a resemblance to snow - cause who wouldn't want to eat dessert snow?!

Dream Tea recently started serving Dream Snow Bingsoo which is basically Korean shaved ice dessert. It's only available at their Whyte Ave location. They do have their regular shaved ice as well which has been offered for quite a while. It differs from Snow Bingsoo because the toppings aren't as extravagant. Their regular shaved ice has bubble tea-like toppings such as tapioca, red bean, and lychee jelly. The Snow Bingsoo focuses on fresher toppings such as fruits, cheesecake, and house-made whipped cream. The wait time for their Snow Bingsoo is about 10 to 25 minutes, depending on if it's busy or not. There are currently 7 different flavours offered: Matcha Snow, Mocha Cheesecake, Strawberry, Cotton Candy, Mango, Injeolmi (Korean rice cake), and Oreo. It costs around $8-$9 for one, depending on choice. Each Snow Bingsoo is good for sharing with 2 to 4 people. 

Strawberry Snow Bingsoo $7.99
The Strawberry Snow Bingsoo consists of shaved ice topped with fresh strawberries, thin roasted almond slices, house-made vanilla whipped cream, then drizzled with strawberry syrup and condensed milk. I'd say that Dream Tea doesn't skimp on the toppings when it comes to their Snow Bingsoo! 

Matcha Snow Bingsoo $7.99
This Bingsoo had matcha powder, small mochi pieces, thin roasted almond slices, then it was topped with a scoop of matcha iced cream, drizzled with white chocolate syrup and condensed milk. We asked for extra condensed milk on the side because we felt like it needed a bit more sweetness. 

Mango Snow Bingsoo $8.99
The Mango Snow Bingsoo was the most simplest. It had an abundance of fresh mango pieces, topped with home-made whipped cream and drizzled with condensed milk and mango syrup. The majority of my friends and I agreed that this would be our top Snow Bingsoo. The fresh mango was very sweet but most of the flavour did come from the mangoes. The shaved ice itself lacked a bit of condensed milk. 

Oreo Snow Bingsoo $7.99
This was my second time having the Oreo Snow Bingsoo. On my first trip to try the Snow Bingsoo, I had shared this with a friend. This Bingsoo was mainly topped with crushed Oreo pieces, thin almond pieces, whipped cream, then drizzled with chocolate and caramel syrups. I love Oreos so I liked this Snow Bingsoo but during my first trip, my friend found it to be too sweet.

The Snow Bingsoo is worth a try if you've never had Asian shaved ice before. In regards to the shaved ice itself - it was a bit bland but the toppings made up for it. A little more condensed milk with the shaved ice would've given it more taste instead of feeling like you are just eating soft ice! Dream Tea has recently had renovations done as well so the inside feels more like a cute cafe in Asia, compared to before. 

Dream Tea - Whyte Ave
7912 104 Street
Edmonton, AB 

Mon to Thurs & Sun: 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Fri & Sat: 11:30 am - 1 am

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Yummy Chicken

Korean eateries are popping up left and right in Edmonton! What's the newest one? Yummy Chicken! I'm sure you can guess what it sells just from the name. Located in Millwoods, Yummy Chicken focuses mainly on chicken dishes such as Korean fried chicken, grilled chicken, and chicken ribs. They do have a few other non-chicken dishes such as bulgogi, pork cutlet, and udon noodle bowls to name a few. Their chicken is great for sharing with 2-4 other people but they do have one-person combos as well. The combo includes 3 or 5 pieces of chicken with salad or fries on the side. 

Chalkboard menu - they have an actual menu as well, though

Spicy Boneless Chicken & Corn w/ Melted Cheese $34.99
The item that caught my eye the most was their Korean fried chicken with melted cheese dish. It's served with cheesy Korean corn on the side (see next image). It seemed perfect for sharing since it included two pop cans so my friend and I decided to order it for sharing. We found the portion to be quite huge and had enough leftovers to fill up another person. The Korean fried chicken is boneless and served in a hot plate with melted mozzarella cheese. It was accompanied by a smaller hot plate with corn and melted cheese on top. For the chicken, there are two choices of sauce: sweet & spicy or just spicy, which is on the hotter side. Since neither of us can really eat spicy food, we took the risk and ordered sweet & spicy. The waitress told us it was the milder of the two sauces. We enjoyed the sauce a lot since we barely tasted any spice at all. The chicken also wasn't drenched in sauce but had the right amount. The boneless chicken was tender and breaded very well, adding a slight crisp to the texture. It was enjoyable eating the chicken and dipping it into the cheese. The only thing I would recommend is eating the cheese while the plate is hot since it hardens quickly once it cools off. 

Cheesy Korean Corn (side dish)
I had never tried cheesy Korean corn till now but apparently it's a very popular side dish in Korea! It's interesting to see it popping up in Edmonton for the first time. As odd as it may sound, corn and cheese can actually go together! I can see why people would enjoy this as a side dish though, it's light but at the same time the cheese makes it indulgent. 

Head down to the Millwoods area if you want to jump on the Korean savoury cheese craze! I may be back, if I'm ever craving some fried chicken surrounded in boiling cheese. 

Yummy Chicken
Address: 6111 28 Ave NW
Edmonton, AB

Mon - Sat: 11 am to 10 pm
Sun: closed

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Doughnut Party

Doughnut Party is one party that you'll want to stop by. The creators behind Moonshine Doughnuts, those cake-like doughnuts you've seen at local pop-ups and farmers markets, have officially opened up a brick & mortar shop! The word spreads quick because if you follow them on Instagram, you'll know that they usually sell out in the afternoon. The party takes place in Holland Plaza, which is one of my new favourite parts in the city. Where else can you find doughnuts, brunch, meditation, and escape rooms all in one area? 

Similar to Moonshine, the doughnuts here are vegan. The only difference between the two is that these party doughnuts are deep-fried! You won't get any odd vegan taste in your mouth from these doughnuts. They're delicious, fluffy, non-greasy, and larger than your average doughnut. The doughnuts are freshly made every morning with six flavours a day. Flavours change daily, with some popular ones being repeated during the week. Pricing wise, it's $3 for one, $16 for half a dozen, and $30 for a dozen (perfect for sharing!). 

During my visit, I decided to share half a dozen with my friend. We bought one of each flavour that was offered that day. 

- Cherry fritter: heavy glazing with bits of cherries. There was a bit too much glazing for my taste. 
- S'mores: chocolate frosting with graham crackers crumbs & a toasted marshmallow. The dream dessert doughnut, especially if you love chocolate. 
- Birthday cake: vanilla frosting with sprinkles of birthday cake pieces. This seemed to be the favourite one among my friends. I found it to be more similar to a cake and it was very sweet. 
- Strawberry chipotle: light strawberry glazing with hints of chipotle. My personal favourite. It reminded me of a fresh strawberry smoothie in a doughtnut form. 
- Raspberry: raspberry glazing. Simple and tarty. 
- Fruit punch sugar: covered in fruit punch flavoured sugar. Had an oddly sweet taste that grew on me with every bite. I'm not the biggest fan of sugar doughnuts, though. 

It's always nice to see local businesses thrive! The party starts early so don't snooze if you don't want to miss out. It's open until sold out. 

Doughnut Party
10938 118 Street
Edmonton, AB 

Tues - Fri: 8 am - 1:30 pm
Sat: 9 am - 2 pm 

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Zwick's Pretzels

If you haven't heard by now, Edmonton got its first freshly baked pretzel store! Having just opened less than a month ago, there are already lineups on the daily. It's definitely worth the wait though. I had a friend who asked me if it's better than Wetzels Pretzels... please don't even compare this place to Wetzels. Wetzels definitely does not have fresh, delicious, and soft pretzels like Zwick's does. As soon as you step into the door, you'll smell it in the air. I should probably mention by now that you can find this little gem near 124 street. The shop itself only has a picnic table for about six people and a small waiting area beside it which can get cramped. There's angle parking in front though, so you don't have to attempt to parallel like for the rest of the eateries in the area! My friends and I stopped by on a Wednesday just before the lunch rush started. Good thing we came around 11 AM because by the time we left, it was filled with people waiting. We didn't have to wait that long for our food but it wasn't super fast either, which is understandable. 

Their chalkboard menu features three main categories: sandwichzels, pretzels, and dips. Everything is reasonably priced so feel free to go on a pretzel spree! 

Pretzels: Guajillo & Feta, Savoury Garlic, Butter $2-$3 each
I was the only one at the table who ordered pretzels. My friends ended up watching me eat them in envy. There are 3 types of pretzels: basic, dusted, and cheese. Basic and dusted pretzels can be bought in nubs as well - basically mini sized pretzel bites. I tried each type of pretzel. For those who are less adventurous, a basic pretzel is meant for you (butter, butter & salt, garlic butter). If you want a bit of flavour then a dusted pretzel is your go-to. I had the savoury garlic and enjoyed how it wasn't super garlic-ly, no lingering bad breath here! My personal favourite was the cheese pretzel though, guajillo & feta in particular. It has a slightly tangy flavour while remaining cheesy with the feta pieces. Super flavourful! 

Now onto the pretzel itself, it wasn't too big or small. It's just bigger than the size of my hand so it's great for a snack. The pretzels are soft, fluffy, and just a bit moist on the inside. I didn't try any pretzel dips with mine but they do have a variety to choose from. Oh and for dessert lovers, there's a cinammon sugar pretzel (or nubs) for you guys.

Bacon & Egg Sandwichzel $5 
Wow, this was the BEST breakfast sandwich I've ever had. Three of us at the table all got one each and enjoyed it. The pretzel bun kinda reminded me of a bagel sandwich. It was pretty simple - house cured back bacon, sunny side egg, and grilled tomato, but quite memorable. I'll come back for you again... 

Dill, Pea, & Potato Salad $3
The potato salad was creamy and full of flavour from the hints of dill. Aside from borscht, which is a vegetarian option, this potato salad was the only side offered. That's fine though cause I'd rather eat my sandwichzels with a side of pretzel! 

Corned Beef Sandwichzel $8
This would be the most filling sandwichzel on the menu. It's stuffed with house cured brisket, melted swiss and mozza cheese, vinegar slaw, and a "magic sauce". All in between a pretzel bun, of course. If you're looking for something at Zwick's that delivers more protein than carbs, you should get this.

Pork Sausage Sandwichzel $4 
The last sandwichzel on the menu was more of a "hot dog" type of sandwich. It was a pork sausage served between a pretzel bun with apple onion relish on top. This is the item that I really want to try on my next visit! 

If you love pretzels then you need to make a visit here ASAP. Just be aware that there might be a wait if you go around peak hours (mainly lunch time). They're closed on Mondays and Tuesdays as well. I'll be back to get my pretzel fix!

Zwick's Pretzels 
12415 107 Avenue 
Edmonton, AB 

Mon & Tues: Closed
Wed - Sat: 10 am - 6 pm
Sun: 10 am - 3 pm

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Pizza Cono

Pizza Cono is exactly what it sounds like, a pizza in a cone shape. It's located in the food court of West Edmonton Mall, near the Waterpark. Their main offerings are pizza cones and panini sandwiches. The pizza cones are served classic ($6.90) or umbrella ($7.90). The only difference between the two is that the umbrella size seems to appear slightly wider and "cooks faster" according to the worker. The pizza choices are pre-determined although it would be a good idea to have a 'build your own pizza cone' concept. The food is made right in front of you then cooked in the oven for about two minutes.

Pepperoni Umbrella & Pesto Umbrella $7.90/each

 I got the pesto flavour while my friend got pepperoni. The pesto came with white cheese, tomato sauce, pesto sauce, and freshly diced tomatoes. The pepperoni was your typical - mixed cheese, tomato sauce, and pepperoni slices. The serving size was equivalent to an actual slice of pizza. It was a bit pricey though, if this was in a pizza form it would've only been half the price. There is a lot more dough to it than with just a pizza slice. It's super cheesy as well. A bit of the sauce and cheese ended up going to the bottom of the cone, along with grease. I wouldn't try it again but it's nice to see pizza served in a unique way. 

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