Korean dessert chain SomiSomi is open in Bixby Knolls

So, we told you a while back that Korean soft serve/taiyaki outfit, SomiSomi was on its way to Bixby Knolls. And while everyone loves soft serve ice cream, it was the taiyaki that caught everyone’s attention since the sometimes hollow, sometimes stuffed pastry is shaped like a fish. Well, not a fish. A sea bream, that freshwater and marine animal belonging to a variety of genera including Abramis, that all the kids are just crazy about.

Made with waffle or pancake batter, taiyaki is as eye-catching as it is delicious, whether its interior is painted with the likes of Nutella, red paste or some other choice, or stuffed with items such as  cheese, Oreos, etc.

We know all this because we have access to the internet (“tai” means sea bream) and because we went to SomiSomi the other day when it was, no exaggeration, a billion degrees. The thought of soft serve and pastry seemed a solid one and, it was, just check out the video above to see a bit of what we experienced.

Now, a word to the wise. If you’re going to order some ice cream and taiyaki, make sure you’ve got the room. This is not really the airy, soft serve you’ve become accustomed to procuring at the better gas station convenience stores. No, this is a dense, flavor-rich concoction that, when combined with a pastry made from waffle or pancake batter, is doughy, delicious and, it turns out, invulnerable, melt-wise, to billion degree weather.

Popular Korean soft serve creamery SomiSomi coming to Bixby Knolls

The food is delicious and cute and, as word gets around, this place, located at the corner of Atlantic Avenue and Roosevelt Road, seems destined to become a date destination and evening capper. You might just want to get your steps in beforehand.

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Asia Morris has been with the Long Beach Post for five years, specializing in coverage of the arts. Her parents gave her the name because they wanted her to be a world traveler and they got their wish. She has obliged by pursuing art, journalism and a second career as a competitive cyclist.