Today I have an extremely amusing and delicious Korean snack to share with you~ Poop Bread!

Yes that is right, here in Korea you can get yummy hot cakes in the shape of poo made warm every hour. Before some of you gasp too loud keep in mind, Koreans do not find this the same level of gross as other countries~ poop is cute and fun here, so this is a treat that can be enjoyed by the whole family…. as disturbing as that is to type for me ^^;

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Just like Monster Cupcake~ do not forget that weird can also be yummy!

While Korea is home to several other poop-themed snacks (I will be linking these on a later date, so stay tuned!) one of the most prominent offerings currently comes from the chain 동빵 Dong Bang. 동빵 started off in 2009 on a trial basis, but officially launched in 2011 and has since grown to over 15 locations throughout Korea as a franchise, 4 currently in Seoul that I will list at the bottom of this post!

The shops tend to move around yearly, so if you happen to spot one make sure you give them a try!

The snack itself is very simple in concept like the popular street food 계란빵 Egg Bread or 붕어빵 Carp Bread (aka Taiyaki)~ warm sweet batter is placed in a shaped mold followed by a dollop of filling! After a moment they are closed, flipped, and in a few minutes your warm and slightly crispy treat is complete and pops right out of the tray!

Korean Poop Bread at the chain 동빵 is made fresh every few minutes & has no artificial coloring or preservatives!

동빵 vs 똥빵

The name “Poop Bread” should be spelled 똥빵 Ddong Bbang, but the Korea chain I am blogging about today uses the unique spelling 동빵 Dong Bang~ so its a softer “D” vs the actual word for poop.  We called the CEO and he stated the reason behind this was he felt awkward using 똥 in the food he’s selling, so he decided to call it “동” which can also mean “bronze”.

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Another (more likely) reason is because another brand of Poop Bread exists in Insadong run by the character brand Dalki! This 똥빵 (pictured above) is a famous treat in the area and was founded just a few months before 동빵 so chances are this is just a copyright issue.

** I will be doing a dedicated blog post on Dalki Insadong Poop Bread very soon!**


So how much do these yummy poop bread treats from 동빵 cost? Just 500원 a cake, that’s about 50 cents!! as of Feb 2013 they have raised the price to 700원 each. Kind of a bummer, but still really cheap.

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If you want several you can also get a box deals of 10 or 20 for a reduced rate ~ the sizes are fairly decent so these are a great deal for the money if you want just a few for snacking or feel like buying a whole box with friends. Usually 2 or 3 is enough for me if I am in a snacking mood.

Poop Bread from 동빵 comes in a nice selection of flavors, although aside from the basics it is up to each location which extra flavors they do wish to carry~ so some may have more choices vs others! The main filling of most is more of a pudding flavor VS something overly sweet (so chocolate pudding vs melted chocolate in the center) and the result is a really nice and happy balance of sweetness.

All of the flavors taste delicious~and a few you can tell are made just to be a bit potty humor-friendly with the theme ^^;

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Chocolate- light milk chocolate pudding

Vanilla- light vanilla pudding

Strawberry- Semi sweet pink strawberry pudding

Green Tea- very mild and slightly sweet green tea pudding (hard to find now, possibly retired)

Red Bean- Have not tried this yet! We are assuming it is a bit softer and more pudding-like vs normal bean paste

Corn Vanilla- better than it sounds, it is a vanilla pudding with bits of sweet corn mixed in

Caramel Peanut – a sweet caramel pudding with crushed peanuts mixed in.

Cheese- newest flavor! This one tastes like a sweet dessert cheese filling, very subtle. Reminded me of Ricotta cake.

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If you are thirsty, most 동빵 Dong Bang Poop Bread locations have drinks on the menu, although the selection ranges from location to location! Some just have simple coffee while others expand the menu to cover tea, lattes, smoothies, hot chocolate, or even yoghourt blends. I can not say if these are any good since I always just stick to the breads when I stop by a booth, the drinks are just an extra to grab on the go if you need them. Sadly no crazy poop latte art!

After waiting in line (because Poop Bread usually has a line!) You walk up to the cash register and tell them how many of each flavor you would like to buy.  If you have a hard time with Korean you can just say the flavor and hold up your fingers with how many you want, or often they will have some ready-made in little baskets you can point to as well~ don’t reach out and grab it yourself though.

If the flavor you want is not ready you will have to wait a moment while they make more~ this takes a few minutes, but is fun to watch and poop bread tastes the best when it is hot!

once the batter is in the mold it is time to add the fillings! They generally work on one flavor at a time per tray.

One dollop in each piece~ it is always a perfect amount!

Once the fillings are in place they join the two trays and clamp them shut for several minutes to finish baking and become delicious ♥ this part seems like forever when you are hungry and waiting for one!

when they are finally done the mold is opened to reveal the golden brown cake in a cute shape! Each piece has the excess batter quickly knocked away before it is added to the baskets to be sold to customers.

If you have not noticed yet, Poop Bread from 동빵 comes in two shapes depending on what mold they feel like using at the time~  a happy pile of poop or the little girl mascot character with pigtails.

Many of my photos in this article came from a new location that still was not using the official uniforms~ pity because they are really cute! Most staff normally have on a poop hat as part of the uniform, would you wear that at work? I totally would haha!

Finally time to enjoy some of our yummy Poop Bread!  I prefer these warm right off the press, but they do keep overnight somewhat~ they are just not as fluffy.  It is best to buy what you know you will eat at the time vs hoarding them though, its just not the same!

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Careful if you get them fresh baked though, the centers need a minute to cool off and firm up slightly~ they can have that liquid hot magma thing going on for the first 5 min till they properly cool! Burned tongue on poop bread is not fun!

So what are our favorite flavors to order? Well I like chocolate the best so I always order a few of those, but I also love to order at least one or two caramel peanut flavors and a cheese one just because.  Nara loves the vanilla and vanilla corn flavors! The taste of the bread is a really nice semi-sweet sort of cake, think maybe like a fluffy pancake~ it is extremely similar to the sweet batter they use for Egg Bread here.  The result is a nice warm and satisfying treat that you can eat a whole bag of and not feel sick from the sweetness…. and hey, its shaped like poo so that is a conversation starter if you have friends visiting!

Poop Bread Dong Bang Locations

Poop Bread is a new franchise that started up in 2011 with about 15 locations throughout Korea currently, 4 in Seoul.  All the locations are usually fairly crowded so I see this spreading to even more spots as it continues to grow~ or at least I hope so!

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You can find a listing in Korean (and English) on the official 동빵 Poop Bread website, but like many Korean websites they are not always extremely up to date so call to confirm before traveling super far~ just in case! At the very least, use the KOREAN listing, because the English one is very dated since locations have been moving around a lot lately as owners find the best spot for shops it seems.

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Seoul Locations

JONG-GAK DONGBBANG
서울특별시 종로구 종로1가 44 (Inside #1line Jongak subway Station)
SOOSUH(수서) DONGBBANG
서울특별시 강남구 밤고개로1길 10 (B2 floor booth #229)
SHINDORIM DONBBANG
신도림역 inside SHINDORIM STATION
GURO (구로) DONBBANG
구로역 1호선 (inside GURO Station line#1)

 Outside Seoul

Kyoungki-do -  경기도 고양시 일산동구 장항동 856-3 낙원프라자 104호

Incheon- 인천광역시 부평구 부평동 185-22 1층
Kyoungki-do – 경기도 파주시 야당동 운정신도시근린생활시설NG-7한솔프라자107
Kyongnam-  경남 김해시 외동 덕산아파트 상가 105호
Kyongnam- 경남 창원시 마산합포구 해운동 18-20
Kyongnam- 경남 김해시 삼계동 1472-6
Busan- 부산시 북구 화명동 2276-4 큐빅스타워 110호

 Those of you in Seoul that are familiar with the Shinchon station location (the one I featured mainly in this post) yes it is CLOSED as of 2013. The franchise owner has relocated to Sindorim now, so its not too far away thankfully! If you find a location listed here is closed (or a new one opens that you wish to share with readers) please do post below in the comments and I will update the list! We had a brief phone call with the CEO to ask some questions, so we have the current 4 Seoul locations as of 1/21/2013 at least! Most of these are in the Metro Station so they should be easy to stop by.

Have you had Poop Bread from 동빵 before?  Would you like to try this treat, and if so~ which flavor would you pick?  Share your thoughts or experiences below!

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44 Responses to “Poop bread 동빵 ♥ Disgustingly Cute Korean Street Snack”

  • Oh my, I smiled when I saw the picture of the employee wearing the plush poo on her head. hahaha

    • Elle:

      haha I know, right? Its such a … er.. high poop. Hard to look at them when they are giving you the bread without grinning lol

  • Custom avatar Yuuki:

    That sounds really cool! I’d like to taste all of the flavours except maybe the corn one. I’m not a big fan of corn as a sweet food. And I don’t think I’d get the coffee at the stand. 1) If the food is hot, I’d rather have a cold drink to go with it, so I might get a smoothie if they have them. 2) When I get coffee at street vendors or convenience stores, it tends to not be very good coffee. That’s only my personal experience though.

    • Elle:

      Yeah I would not get the coffee or drinks here honestly lol I think they sell them just because, I never really see anyone order them unless its the morning and they MUST have some caffeine

  • Custom avatar cristina:

    So yummy.. i want to go in Corea.. ^^

  • Custom avatar Jess:

    I couldn’t help but laugh when I read your post – I want to go to Korea and try poop bread! I think I’d try them all :) Not sure about the poop hat uniform though – but then I guess if poop is accepted as a fun and cut thing in Korea then it probably isn’t embarrassing for the staff to wear.

  • Custom avatar Vanila:

    Wow :) It sound really yummy XD and it is really unique . First time seeing this kind of bread and I really want to try it :)

  • These actually look ridiculously yummy, despite the oddness! The corn, chocolate, and cheese ones sound especially delicious right now! And the girl’s poop hat, omg now that is hilarious!

  • Custom avatar Suzanna:

    I really think it’s cool how many flavored fillings and flavored bread Korea has. Not so sure I’ll ever understand the obsession with poop though.

    Thanks for another great post! You always have such great photos. :)

  • Custom avatar m:

    They look so yummy!! I am going next year, I think I will eat too much of it. I wanna try all flavours at once (O-O)
    Thank you for posting this!! :)

  • These look really tasty! I would have tried the green tea flavour, but the strawberry looks yummy too :)

  • I love that the one of the girls you took a picture of has a poop on her head! haha! <3

  • That beautiful aesthetics of this business, and are delicious despite being poop. jajajajaj They are so adorable! nom nom nom.
    Greetings!

  • Cute! A friend of mine actually tried these bread already. I have only seen them I think they had a shop in Insadong, but I didn’t buy any. Maybe I should try it out next time.

    • Elle:

      if you check the top of the post I talk about that :D The ones in Insadong are actually another brand of poop bread by “dalki” that I still need to try! The shape and taste is a bit different :D

  • Custom avatar Christina:

    It is a bit weird to be eating bread in the shape of poop ^^

  • Love all your entries! :)

  • ive been wanting to try these…live close to one of the places selling these poop bread things. but if feels weird going alone to buy poop bread haha

    • Elle:

      haha do it, the yumminess will be worth it~ I promise! :D Plus 50% of the time it they use the little girl shape and not the poop! If you try you have to come back and let everyone here know what your fave flavor was ^^

  • what do you call a curious poop bread?

    …똥빵신기

    i kid you not, i came up with this myself. quite proud! :D

  • Custom avatar Maeva:

    That’s really interesting to read that kind of post, not because it’s yummu but because I’ve learned something more about korean. In many country poop and fart are gross and embarassing so it’s kinda funny/interesting that’s it’s cute over there. I don’t think it will change my mind about it though.

    Concerning that poop bread I saw many of these on the web, I’d love to try it, especially since they have many flavor. I really wonder what green tea taste, I don’t like hot tea but I’ve seen many green tea flavored snacks, I’m really curious about it. I wonder if they have poop bread mix in shop, I bought a hotteok one in a asian supermarket in France so I wonder if we can try it at home.

    • Elle:

      glad you found it fun and interesting! If yo have had green tea ice cream the taste of snacks is often similar, it is had for me to explain but it is pleasant and not too strange. I do not prefer it, but Nara loves it so I think it is just a matter of taste! They do not sell this kind of mix in shops sadly since it is a chain of snacks VS a traditional Korean snack like hotteok, but it is a bit like a pancake/cake with pudding in the center ^^

  • Omg…it’s places like this that made me wish I lived in any part of Asia! And the flavors sound so delicious! Can I pay you to send me some?! LOL jk ^o^
    Kieli~♥

  • I just found some poop shaped, pink chocolate lollipops in Busan. I don’t know how my friends from home will react when they open their gifts!

    • Elle:

      omg whaaaat? I need to find these to add to my collection haha! Are they a valentines day gift?? XD

      • Yes! I found them in a shop called Popcorn in Busan, which is the typical Korean shop that sells socks, stationary and HK stuff! The poops were hidden amongst all the chocolate and ferrero roche bouqets they have at the moment! In the same shop I found a DIY craft poop phone dangler!!

  • i freaking miss asia and all their cute delicious foods! man i am drooling over corn vanilla….WANT.

    • Elle:

      you would loooooove these! They are so flipping good and crazy cheap!! We should open a shop in LA lol it is a franchise!

  • Custom avatar Carmen:

    Hey Elle,
    I just wanted to say that I love your website.I just discovered your blog today, and wow! Your photos are very nice and you write on a lot of interesting topics! You’re also an awesome illustrator :D Haha, I am also dating a Korean guy, and I hope to visit Korea with him someday! So many fun things to do, like eat poop bread >< Thank you for all you do, and I'm looking forward to reading more posts about your life in the future :)

  • The pictures of the food are so cute! Reminds me of a eatery in Taiwan where you eat out of toilet bowl miniatures XD

    With love,
    Amaya

  • Custom avatar Bella:

    hello, Elle ^^
    this is my first time to come to your blog, i just discovered your blog when i tried to find article about pepero day and i like all of your post especially about korean food like ice cream , cute cake, cafe and pepero day, etc hahah..
    do you have a twitter account ? maybe i can see your post about korea on twitter, too and let’s be friends, Elle ^^

    • Elle:

      Thank you Bella :) glad you found my blog! All of my social media links are on the right side bar (right below my profile photo in hanbok) so you can add me on a few sites~ I am the most active on my facebook fanpage atm!

  • Custom avatar Bella:

    okay, i found you~~ like your facebook fanpage ^^

  • Custom avatar Susan Ong:

    Your blog sure is very informative and helpful for those who want to try good yet special local treats on their free & easy tour in Seoul. THanks . I’m sure will hunt all these shops down when visiting Seoul this JUne.

  • I love reading your blog – it’s fun, informative and oh-so kawaii!^^ It’s after reading your blog that I ventured to try poop bread and the other many delights of Seoul’s street snacks. I’ve included a linkback and credits to this post, from my (baby) blog of my street food experience. Please continue writing about delicious Seoul food for everyone to try!\(^o^)/

  • Custom avatar Sarah:

    Sindorim station location is closed.

    • Elle:

      Aw man really?? Thanks for the update! They keep moving locations even though they are popular… wish they would sit still :/

  • Custom avatar Tiff:

    Jonggak station closed too :( We kept walking around trying to find it only to hear from a worker that Manoffin replaced it

    • Elle:

      Argh really??? I wonder what happened! They always have huge lines of orders, I will try to look into it and update this post, thank you! If anyone finds new locations please let me know / snap a photo :( I love this shop, hope they get a proper location, as good as manoffin is lol

      • Custom avatar Tiff:

        I am on the hunt for the cream filled ones lol. I found some Korean instagrams that posted pics of them recently and left comments asking where, but I doubt they’ll reply since I’m a stranger. So Sad! I’m leaving in a few weeks and really wanted to try this and Kono pizza … Might try to find another location for Kono pizza! Also! If you are currently visiting Korea again, you might have been to Rolling Cro? If not, There’s one by the old Kono pizza location, they have croissants filled with various flavors, completely delicious! Green tea was especially good! :)

        • Elle:

          Oh snap is kono gone now too? Everything moved in the last 6 months x_x haha. I was not aware of any ice cream version! Thats new to me~ feel free to send me any info or names you find out and I can search on naver for it ;)

          • Custom avatar Tiff:

            Oops I meant the ones you featured here, because I was thinking about the red bean ones in Insadong lol. I have too many incomplete thoughts that get partially voiced out. Are you able to find out where other current locations might be for the poop bread? I really wanna try the different flavors, but not having any luck on google and I can’t read Korean lol.

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