Taste of Korea: Soo Pizza near Humphreys offers pie with healthy twist

Photos by ChiHon Kim
Photos by ChiHon Kim

Taste of Korea: Soo Pizza near Humphreys offers pie with healthy twist

by ChiHon Kim
Stripes Korea

It’s been almost two years since I said goodbye to pizza. Because I’d been on a low-carb diet to lose my love handles. I gave up the addictive pie for full two years, and to be frank, it was a terrible time.

It’s gotten to the point where the other night after a strong craving for pizza hit, I ended up dreaming of eating pizza until I burst. To me, this was a sign that I better reunite with the delicious pie, so I made my way to Soo Pizza near Camp Humphreys after work the very next day.

This Pyeongtaek pizza joint uses an interesting green dough I’d noticed in the window when I’d pass it on the street. I figured it might be made of green tea or something healthy and I really had been wanting to try it even though I’d given pizza up.

When I visited the joint, which is a 10-minute walk away from Humphrey’s walking gate, I learned that the dough is green because they add chlorella to it. Chlorella is powdered algae and considered a superfood in the health world. So, I was going to have healthy pizza after all!

Though the green dough may be intimidating at first, a lot of thought goes into its preparation. According to the owner of the restaurant, he uses well-aged dough that is matured for 30 hours at a low temperature which brings out its rich flavor and chewy texture.

Eager to try the green dough for myself, I went for a large-size scalar pizza with pepperoni and shrimp toppings for 24,900 won. It was a half and a half version that allows you to combine any two of their delicious pizza options.

Soo Pizza topping options are plenty, including chicken, bulgogi, shrimp, potato, and pepperoni. They also offer a spicy pizza with hot sauce. Don’t forget to upgrade your regular pizza to a mozzarella stuffed crust pizza for 2,000 or 3,000 won if you’re not a big fan of spongy-like thick crust. With an extra 1,500 to 3,000 won, you can also add more cheese to your pie, allowing you to enjoy the mozzarella’s stretchy goodness.

If you love sweet dessert pizza, Soo has some pizza options with a crust edge covered with sweet potatoes. For the side menu, Soo pizza has a wide range of options including roast chicken, cheese sticks, cheese balls, and more.

Though my pizza had cooled by the time I got home, it was pretty satisfying. But, what really set Soo Pizza apart from others was its relatively thin pizza crust. If you’re a fan of thin-crust pizza, this place may be your thing. Also, compared to Korean pizza chains, Soo Pizza’s crust was not as sweet, which was a good thing.

If you want to try pizza with a green, healthy twist, give Soo Pizza a try. This chain is scattered mostly around the Gyeonggi-do area. The location I visited on Anjeong-ri Rodeo Street is open for pickup or delivery orders only.

Another plus is that it’s open a little later than most restaurants, and you can place your order in English by phone. So, you know where I’ll be the next time a late-night craving for pizza hits! And, yes, I’m still keeping an eye on my love handles.


Soo Pizza


ADDRESS (KOR): 224, Anjeongsunhwan-ro, Paengseong-eup, Pyeongtaek-si

(경기 평택시 팽성읍 안정순환로 224)

HOURS: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Closed on the 2nd Wednesday of the month

TEL: 031-651-7999, 010-8009-5569 


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