Winter may be pretty much upon us, however in my book it is never too cold for ice cream. I have been meaning to go and check out Sticky Ricky’s ice cream parlour for well over a year if not two. However for one reason or another I always seem to be busy during their pop up events and have always been too lazy to venture over to their store. But as luck would have it, I had reason to go over to Sticky Ricky’s hood when writing my Sookmyung University Neighbourhood article, so I finally got my hands upon their yummy icy treats.
Stick Ricky’s is an independent ice cream shop located in Huam-dong. This is a little neighbourhood located just over the hill from HBC just before you get to Seoul Station. Due to the cheaper rents, this area has seen a bit of an influx of new businesses over the last year and I’m sure it is set to become a trendy area sooner rather than later.
The Sticky Ricky’s shop itself, is very small. So small in fact that there is only room for seven different flavours. The flavours are changed every few days or as soon as they run out. I loved how inventive the ice creams were, and there is a wonderful mix of Western and Korean ingredients. The ice creams all cost 4,000 for one scoop, 6,000 for two scoops, or 8,000 for three scoops. You also get to choose between a cup or a cone. When we visited we had the choice of Seoul Milk, Chocolate Gochujang, Cardamon Fig, Salted Caramel Cookie Party, Cinnamon Caramel Apple, Sujeong-gwa, and Cookies and Cream.
We were lucky enough to sample a few of the different ice creams, but in the end I settled on the Salted Caramel Cookie Party, and the Cinnamon Caramel Apple. I just couldn’t resist the chance to get two helpings of caramel into my body. The salted caramel version was my favourite and absolutely orgasmic. The blend of the saltiness of the ice cream plus the crunch of the cookies was incredible. The apple cinnamon was quite mild in terms of flavour, and I loved the swirls of caramel sauce. You can never have to much caramel! You can tell the ice cream is made with a high fat content. My girl Lizzy went for the Chocolate Gochujang, a very chocolatey ice cream with just a little kick at the end. And her second choice was Fig and Cardamon, a very seasonal flavour as we are at the height of fig season right now here in Korea, and the cardamon gave it just a little something extra.
Overall I loved Sticky Ricky’s. Not only was the ice cream incredible, Ricky himself is very charming and knowledgeable and it is very easy to tell that he has an amazing passion for and knowledge of ice cream. I think it is well worth a trip off the beaten track for some some fantastic frozen treats.
Sticky Ricky’s is located at 28 Duteopbawi-ro 1-gil, Namyeong-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul. To get there take a train to Sookmyung Women’s University (line 4) and come out of exit 2. Walk out of the station and take the first ally way on your left. Follow this street and you will see Sticky Ricky’s a little way down on the right hand side. For more information you can check out their Facebook page. They are open from 12pm – 8pm Wed – Fri, and 1pm – 8pm on Sat & Sun. They are closed on Mondays & Tuesday. Opening times may change during winter, so please contact them directly to confirm.