Bingsoo (or bingsu, depending on how it is transliterated), is a Korean shaved ice dessert with sweet toppings. The standard version is topped with red beans (called “pat” in Korean) and this is known as patbingsoo.
My girlfriend said she wanted to try it so we went to BINGSOO in New Malden, (which, if you didn’t know, is London’s unofficial little Koreatown) and it did not disappoint! We ordered one medium bingsoo each: a blueberry one and the patbingsoo topped with rice cakes. And while we ate, the gentle background pitter patter of Korean reassured me that we were in a legit place frequented by the locals.
They were both pretty big and, unsurprisingly, we got quite cold as we were finishing them. (I also have a hunch that they keep the place slightly cool so the desserts stay colder for longer.) When we go back, I think we’ll just order a large one to share. 🙂
Although traditional bingsoo are made from shaven ice, at BINGSOO (and probably in lots of places in Korea too) they used frozen milk instead, which appeared to have been sweetened. But it’s still probably a slightly less calorific option than full fat ice cream, as cream is fattier than milk, unless I’m being dense! Speaking of dense, the little saucers on the side contain sweetened condensed milk to pour over top.
If you’re after something a little different from your usual ice creams and fro-yos, try bingsoo, the shaven ice treat from the East. 🙂