Summer is here and with it comes the need for delicious frozen goodies.
In comes Bingsu, a restaurant serving - you guessed it - binsgu; a traditional Korean snack/dessert that is perfect for the warm season ahead.
So what is bingsu, I hear you asking. Bingsu is a shaved ice dessert served with numerous toppings. The best way to describe it is a hybrid of a sundae and gola ganda, where the shaved ice is frozen milk, giving the treat a creamy texture which is extremely light and airy. So... nothing like a sundae or gola ganda...
Bingsu the restaurant serves the dish in several varieties and we got our hands on five of them. Before we dive into the creations, we have to say that we were very impressed by the quantity - even the small serving can be enjoyed by two - and the detailing of every dish, with several components being made in house.
1) Adzuki Matcha
Unfortunately patbingsu - the original form of binsgu served with adzuki (red beans) - was not available so we went for the next best thing.
One bite into this goodie and you realise the matcha is strong with this one. While the adzuki helps cut the strong bitter flavour with another texture, we wish there was more to the topping, perhaps a proper adzuki paste. Considering so many elements are made in-house, an original treatment would be fitting.
The matcha bingsu also has the option of chocolate instead of adzuki but either way, the matcha lover will enjoy this very matcha.
2) Toasted Coconut
If you like to tropic like it's hot with coconutty goodness then this will be a hit at the table as it was with us. A relatively simple bingsu, this treat focused on the coconut flavour and nothing else, which was just fine by us.
What we did wish though, as we nommed our way through the ice, was that the milk itself could be flavoured. This would've been the perfect opportunity to have coconut milk be transformed for the dessert. With that strong coconut flavour, it could've provided opportunity to play with the textures.
3) Nutty Nutella
I won't lie, I was not in the mood to try this at all. Can we all agree we're sick of Nutella creations? But Bingsu convinced me to expect more and I'm glad I gave it a shot.
The Nutty Nutella is more than the hazelnut spread, it is topped with several candied nuts that Bingsu makes in-house.
4) Apple Crumble
We were all in awe when this bingsu hit the table, the presentation was spot on, just like its taste! Providing numerous textures in a single bite, this is a complete dish. The layers of caramel, apple and Lotus crumble are perfectly balanced and the warmth of the apple dish went very well with the milky snow base.
We immediately became obsessed with the apple chip the dessert can topped with, also made in-house. Can we please get a bag of these chips for sale on their own? Thanks.
5) Very Berry
We suspect this will be a favourite for the summer with the sweet and sour flavour of the berries. The tang in this bingsu screams summer zing and the sauce on top is light. We were concerned this dish would be too sickly sweet with the fruity syrup on top but it was just fine; the sauce was not too concentrated and provided a nice punch.