Sobok’s stark off-white interior with amber wood accents parallels the simplicity of their menu—they’re all about modern desserts based on Korean ingredients. Their most popular dessert item is the injeolmi iceball, little pieces of chewy rice cake covered in ice cream then rolled in bean powder, which you can order in sets of 9, 18 or 27 (they also come in gift boxes). They’re made fresh every morning. We’re also big fans of the soft serve ice cream, a vanilla with nutty hints of bean powder and sides of dried persimmon, steamed pumpkin, sunflower seeds, a drizzle of honey, and an injeolmi ice ball. Don’t get excited and eat the flower, too—it’s just for decoration.
Big props to Sobok for using biodegradable paper cups—anyone who’s walked through Hongdae on an early morning and seen the area strewn with plastic knows how much trash gets carted out of this area every day. We only hope more shops follow suit.