I’ve had my moments as an animal abstainer that I wanted to slap myself across the face and call it a day… frustrating is too kind of a word for what I felt. Accidentally tasting meat in my rice balls after minutes of confirming there was no meat (Hoksi, gogi issuseyo?), being questioned every single day about losing too much weight when everyone else is getting sick and fat, and fighting the stares from all the critics can tug at your mind. The stress you encounter can be so intense that you really need a quick de-stresser, so today here is the best thing Korea has to offer for vegans. Say hello to chapssal:
This deep-fried munchkin look a like is chewy like a soft chocolate chip cookie where the chips melt the second you tear it apart, but it has a bread-like texture that doesn’t make the chewyness overbearing. Once you break the skin, hot red bean paste oozes out (if it’s warm) and complements the rice dough flavor by bringing out more of its flavor to the surface of your taste buds.
My school served chapssal during a lunch one time and that’s how I discovered this little gem; it also turns out that I have a bakery on my island, but the hours are fickle at best. If you visit Korea then visit any of the billion Paris Baguettes, Tous les Jours, or other chain bakeries, however, if you’re in Mokpo then you need to visit this place for the best chapssal that I ever had.