Da Korner’s Empanadas: Get ‘em while they’re hot!

by Andy Hume
Groove Korea (groovekorea.com)

Empanadas are small pastries stuffed with savory (or occasionally sweet fillings) from chicken and pork to corn, shrimp or even shredded shark meat, big or small, baked or fried. Arguably the classic South American snack food, they are found in every street, fast food joint, bus station, gas station, farmhouse and doghouse from Panama to Patagonia, and now they have come to Seoul.

Itaewon newcomer Da Korner — yes, the name has us stumped as well — is a delightful oasis of hidden calm that’s definitely worth hunting down. Still in its early weeks of operation, the small kitchen offers a choice of fillings including beef with potato or tomato, and shrimp, as well as a cherry flavor for the more intrepid. The pastry is top notch, firm but not too dry.

These empanadas may not have the authentic flavor of South America but they are worth seeking out nonetheless, especially washed down with something from the small but solid beer selection. Pastries can be purchased to go, but there’s a nice garden and outside seating area where gringos can eke out the last feeble rays of autumn. A good spot to fuel up before a night out, or while away a lazy lunch hour taking an impromptu siesta.

Getting there

From McDonald’s in Itaewon, walk into the small arcade just to the left. Da Korner is at the back. Opening hours 11am-11pm, though times may vary.

Da Korner

Address: 142-1 Itaewon-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
Phone: 02-792-6013

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