In some cases, a particularly beautiful Jeju site will attract visitors by the hundreds – or thousands – every day. So naturally, business people are not far behind, and business can be very good.
Along the Aewol Coastal Walk, some 30 minutes or so west of Jeju City, this is the case… so much so that coffee drinkers and photographers from all over flock to the area on a daily basis.
Did you know? Coffee is a beverage that Koreans are consuming in ever greater quantities. According to the International Coffee Organization, the per capita coffee consumption of South Koreans has doubled in the last 15 years… to 2.3 kilograms per year. Bonus: One kilogram of coffee is enough for up to 142 espresso shots.
However, we did make one extra stop a bit further west while visiting the Aewol coast. There’s a shop which specializes in carrot cake – and uses Jeju carrots exclusively in their recipe.
The owner and chef at the House Recipe Carrot Cake shop explained to us that she’d lived in the U.S. for many years and had started developing her carrot cake recipe there. After returning to Korea and settling in Jeju, she adapted the recipe to Jeju carrots – no extra sugar required.
Having tasted the Jeju carrot cake, I can say it certainly reminded me of home!
Did you know? Jeju produces 60 percent of Korea’s carrots! This winter “superfood” provides us with a rich supply of fiber, vitamin C, A, and B, as well as antioxidants. But it’s not just a boost to your immune system. The local economy, too, benefits as it slowly transitions from mandarin orange production to such diverse crops as carrots, broccoli and kiwi, among others.
How to get to the Aewol Coastal Walk: From Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal, and take Bus 702 and get off at the Handam-dong bus stop. It’s a short walk north towards the cafes along the coast. If you’d like to visit the carrot cake shop, continue on bus 702 to the Hadong Welfare Center bus stop (another 3 or 4 minutes) and look for the large carrot painting at the three-way intersection.
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