팥빙수 … A season for bing su!

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My photo – Sinchon’s podpodpod Strawberry Patbingsu (딸기 팥빙수)

The weather is getting nice now…

You know what that means! TIME FOR BING SU! 

Bing su is often known in English as ‘Korean Shaved Ice’ or ‘Condensed Milk Ice Flakes’ …what?

Anyway, it’s DELICIOUS!

 

Upon exploring, I found some new types of bingsu I’d like to try this year.

Source is visitkorea.or.kr – 

Melon bingsu served in a whole melon

Located on the basement floor of the Nature Poem building in Cheongdam-dong, Gangnam-gu, I’m Coffee offers a summertime Melon Bingsu that’s out of this world! Unlike other fruit bingsus that only come topped with fruit, this melon bingsu comes out as a whole melon. The flesh of the melon is scooped out and formed into balls while the emptied melon is filled with shaved ice and used as the serving bowl. The ice is then topped with the melon balls and a scoop of ice cream, resulting in a semi-healthy snack with just the right amount of sweet.

☞ Venue: I’m Coffee (Cheongdam-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul)
* Directions: Cheongdam Station (Subway Line 7), Exit 9.
– Go straight 600m, go past Cheongdam Intersection, and continue straight for 70m.
– Nature Poem is located on the right (total travel time: 10-15min on foot).
☞ Hours: 09:00 – 23:00 (Friday & Saturday 09:00 – 24:00)
☞ Menu: Melon Patbingsu: 19,000 won / Mango Bingsu: 17,000 won /
Coffee Cookie Bingsu: 14,000 won
☞ Phone: +82-2-511-5512 (Korean)

 

Dark cacao flavored Oreo Bingsu

Photo Credit: Pop Container Cafe

Located in Sinchon, Pop Container Café is crowded with customers every summer. The best item of this café is tall, tower-like Oreo Bingsu. The bingso extends high out of the bowl and sliced with shaved pieces of frozen milk and ice. It is decorated with cocoa powder and sugar powder making it look like a snow-covered mountain with an Oreo cookie peak!

☞ Place: 5-11, Changjeon-dong, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul
☞ Hours: Sunday to Friday 11:00 – 23:00 / Saturday 12:00 – 24:00
☞ Menu: Oreo Bingsu: 13,000 won / Original Pancake: 5,500 won
☞ Phone: +82-2-313-9979 (Korean)

Hanbang patbingsu in a hanbang café

Tea Therapy in Anguk-dong, Jongno-gu is a unique café that incorporates the principles of hanbang (Oriental medicine) in its tasty treats. The café’s signature Hanbang Patbingsu is a healthy concoction of shaved ice, well-cooked red beans, walnuts, sunflowers seeds, boxthorn, jujubes, adlay, mulberry, and almonds served with a side of soymilk. For an even more intensive hanbang experience, fill out the café’s short survey to find out which hanbang tea best suits your body type. An order of the hanbang tea entitles you to a free 15-20min soak in the foot bath outside the café.

☞ Place: Tea Therapy Haengnang (Anguk-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul)
* Directions: Anguk Station (Subway line 3), Exit 1.
– Follow the alley on the right for about 400m. Tea Therapy is located on the right.
☞ Hours: 10:00 – 22:00
☞ Menu: Hanbang Patbingsu (Tea Therapy Bingsu): 6,000 won / Hanbang Tea: 8,000 won
☞ Phone: +82-2-730-7507 (Korean)

Hangari Patbingsu with Opuntia (cactus)

Located right in the heart of Seoul in the popular shopping district of Myeongdong, Sicily is known for its Hangari (jar) Patbingsu and its exotic Optunia (paddle cactus) Fruit Bingsu. The Hangari Patbingsu, which is big enough to feed two, comes out in an earthenware pot of shaved ice and milk loaded with red beans, cereal, almonds, and walnuts. The Hangari Patbingsu is also made with extract of Opuntia, which gives the dish its unique color and taste. If you’re not a big fan of beans, opt for the Opuntia Fruit Bingsu, which comes topped with cherry tomatoes, kiwi and banana slices, cereal, and almonds.

☞ Place: Sicily (Myeongdong 2ga, Jung-gu, Seoul)
* Directions: Euljiro 1-ga Station (Subway Line 2), Exit 6.
– Go straight and turn down Myeongdong Alley on the left.
– Go past Noon Square on the right and turn right down the first alley.
– Go straight (70m) until you see Sicily on the left (2F).
☞ Hours: 10:00 – 23:30 (open all year round)
☞ Menu: Hangari (Jar) Patbingsu: 9,000 won / Opuntia Fruit Bingsu: 9,800 won / Green Tea Bingsu: 9,800 won
☞ Phone: +82-2-779-1343 (Korean)

 

Later I hope to make a collection of the best bingsu Alesia and I had this summer. We’ll keep you posted!

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