Summer or winter, Patbingsu or Korean shaved ice is a must-try dessert for every visitor.
Patbingsu literally means ‘shaved ice with sweet toppings’. Bingsu dates back to the Joseon Dynasty, where it was originally served as finely broken ice chips topped with sweetened red adzuki bean porridge. This simple pile of shaved ice can be studded with ingredients such as fruit morsels, ice cream, fruit syrup, condensed milk, frozen yogurt, chewy jelly bots, pieces of Tteok (rice cakes), chocolate and cereal flakes to enhance the taste and make it more attractive. The must-eat desert, which is high in carbs and sugars, can be made a little healthy by adding cut pieces of strawberries, bananas, kiwifruit, cherries, pineapples, or any fruit of your choice.
Patbingsu is available in cafes, restaurants, and at local vendors in Korea but their texture and toppings may vary based on specialization. It is an extremely yummy, satisfying, sweet, crunchy, creamy, chewy mouthful of ice that is refreshing and ultra-light. If you’re planning to go to Korea, make sure it’s in the summer, when you can munch on plenty of Patbingsu.
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