Four places to enjoy delicious dessertsPatbingsu is sold nearly everywhere these days, but you can’t just eat any of them. Out of the hundreds, these four are the cream of the crop.
Two offer classic patbingsu with boiled adzuki beans, while the other two specialize in unique bingsu without the red bean topping.
“The most important ingredient, which plays a crucial role in affecting the taste of patbingsu, is pat, of course” said Cho Young-wook, who published a cook book on how to make 33 varieties of bingsu at home.
According to Cho, domestic pat has a deep, sweet and toasted flavor, while pat grown in China is sweeter.
“The sugar content and period of boiling time are other important factors that affect the overall taste of patbingsu.”
Located in Ichon-dong, central Seoul
Price: 6,500 won ($5.60)
The Gyeongseong House of Red Beans: Okrumong
Located in Seogyo-dong, western Seoul
Price: Patbingsu (8,000 won), Green tea bingsu (9,000 won)
One branch is in Seogyo-dong, western Seoul; the other is on Garosugil, Sinsa-dong, southern Seoul
Price: 12,000 won
Seogyo-dong: (02) 3141-9664; Sinsa-dong: (02) 704-3937
The shaved ice flakes are coarser than average, though.
If the ice flakes were finely shaved, Choi said they would melt too quickly when mixed with melon juice. He has applied to patent his dish.
Cheongdam-dong, southern Seoul
Price: 19,000 won
By YOON KYUNG-HEE, JEON MIN-HEE