Two distinct Korean dessert specialists are now open at Chinatown's Shanghai Plaza, a short distance from two other Korean-inspired imports, the street food menu at Myungrang Hot Dog and the hit fast-casual dining at BB.Q Chicken.
Overseen by the same parent company and located next door to each other, SomiSomi was the first to open at 4284 Spring Mountain Road and is serving daily from noon to 10 p.m., featuring a highly visual soft serve ice cream roster that has been a huge hit on social media.
Among the diverse flavors, horchata, Oreo, ube, and black sesame that can all be combined to create attractive swirls when added to the Korean ah-boong, fish-shaped waffle cone, or the more familiar taiyaki, Japanese fish-shaped cakes.
A few steps away, Sul & Beans is home to bingsoo, its popular shaved ice desserts, plus toast creations and creative beverages, also prepared daily from noon to 10 p.m.
A hit in Los Angeles’ Koreatown, Sul & Beans derived its name from the Korean word for “snow” and a nod to the red bean ingredients.
Flavoring the impressively tall dishes, Oreo, Earl Grey tea, chocolate, strawberry cheese, and taro that can be paired with selection of chewy Korean rice cake toasts, upgraded with choux cream, cheese, black sesame, or cinnamon.
Among the hot and cold drinks, a sweet rice punch, pomegranate mint, Americano coffees and a sweet potato latte.
Customers should be aware evolving social distancing regulations may still be in place when they visit.
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