South Korea —
Bingsu (빙수 / shaved ice) is a common snack in Korea, especially during summer season. This is the equivalent of halo-halo in the Philippines. The difference between them is that bingsu could be just with anything, from red beans to coffee to cheese or green tea. There are plenty of cafes across the country that sell bingsu. One of those is 설빙 (Sulbing), a popular bingsu house that primarily launched in Busan, South Korea.
Everytime I visit there I want to try something different, but would end up with their best seller — injeolmi bingsu (인절미 빙수) most of the time. It’s created with bean powder and glutinous rice flour. There are also versions of injeolmi bingsu introduced by some other cafes and so far, in my opinion, Sulbing’s still the best. Moreover, I’m always reminded of my friend Miss CV whenever I eat this treat. She never gets fed up with injeolmi. Tu me manques, mon amie~ I’ll see you very soon.
At Sulbing, their finely shaved ice isn’t just ice water, but made up of milk. That’s why, I fairly think that many people prefer Sulbing than any other bingsu cafe.
The first time Danny and I tried it, we poured the condensed milk over the bingsu and mixed everything just like how we eat halo-halo. We got a very messy table after. His cousin, then, told us that what we did wasn’t a good way to enjoy it. We learned the secrets of how to enjoy it: adding the condensed milk could make it much sweeter, never try to mix it and of course, share it with someone.
They also serve few choices of toast, and one of which that we tried is called injeolmi toast. In between is tteok (떡 / rice cake) and then garnished with injeolmi powder, honey and crushed almonds. It was good, but not the kind of food that I would be craving for every now and then.
Have you tried it yet? I’d like to know your thoughts in the comment section below.
Note: This is based on our own honest opinion and personal experience only.
- Bingsu – ₩7,000 to 12,000
- Toast – ₩4,500 to 7,000