Looking For Some Dessert? Get Your Fill At These Cool Korean Cafes
Let’s face it; bingsu is here to stay
Once in a while, a food trend comes along that just doesn’t make much sense (here’s to you, cronuts). We’re all about trying new things, but if there’s no enjoyment then there’s really no point in it sticking around, right?
But then again, sometimes a real winner comes in and cements itself into our minds, hearts and stomachs. So for right now and for the foreseeable future, we’re committing ourselves wholeheartedly to one of Korea’s favorite dessert choices, bingsu.
What is bingsu?
If you haven’t tried it out yet, it isn’t actually hard to wrap your head around bingsu–just think halo-halo with a Korean twist. It’s basically a snack or dessert that’s made up of ice shavings and various toppings, which include but are not limited to sweetened condensed milk, fruit syrups, rice cake, jelly, cereal flakes and fruit bits. And to top it all off, it usually comes with ice cream or frozen yogurt, too.
It sounds delicious, but the best part really is the amount of cafes that offer their own takes on it.
Hobing Korean Dessert Café
Bonifacio Stopover, 31st Street Rizal Drive, Taguig
Hobing’s bingsu menu is great for first timers because it covers everything from the traditional and fruit-centric flavors to the more out-of-the-box experiments. Their Macaron mix, for example, is filled with cake bits and colorful French macarons that you can savor with soft vanilla ice cream.
Their interiors cannot be ignored either, as you will literally be transported to a winter wonderland when you step inside the café. And for those of you that hate transferring locations for dessert, Hobing Café also offers up a great Bulgogi Croissant, Japchae and Ra-bokki—just be careful with the spice!
Trinoma Mall, Quezon City
For those that don’t like to share their dessert, the serving sizes of Snowbing are perfect. It fills you up just right, so you and your friends can choose your own flavors without having to fight about which to purchase. Their patbingsu, which is the most traditional and is simply filled with red beans, is a must try.
Of course, they also offer what can only be considered more experimental flavors. You cannot go wrong with their Matcha Green Tea, Tiramisu and Salted Caramel.
With various branches
Yes, BonChon is famous for their rice meals, but did you know that their bingsu offerings are also topnotch? So if you’re looking for a cheaper alternative to the dessert craze, look no further—and we mean this literally, because there are branches everywhere.
They have Matcha Vanilla, Chocolate Brownie, Strawberry Cheesecake and Mango Cheesecake flavors. The Strawberry offering is particularly satisfying, as it’s filled with cheesecake cubes, strawberry puree and glazed peanuts for a bit of crunch.
Café Seol Hwa
Forum South Global, BGC
If you’re the type of person that eats with their eyes first—or love a great Instagram shot—Café Seol Hwa will surely become your best friend. The café offers up some mouthwatering bingsu that you’ll get full from just by looking at it.
It may not be the most adventurous choice, but the Mango Cheese Bingsu of Café Seol Hwa is flavorful, filling and addicting. The milk ice is so fine that it virtually melts in your mouth and the bites of mango and cheesecake will just put you over the edge.
Molito Commercial Complex, Alabang
Many consider Ice Flower the best bingsu place in the Philippines and it isn’t hard to see why. Each bite is the perfect mix of all the flavors you’re looking for whether that’s sweet, salty or milky. The price points might turn off some casual goers, but the servings are generous and can be shared by twos or threes.
The crowd favorites are Mango, Blueberry and Chocolate, each of which really pack it up in terms of flavor and fillings. Do yourself a favor and really get your spoon in the dish so you get the whole experience from the first bite all the way to the last.
Whether you’re already a bingsu lover or just looking to try things out, trust us when we say you will not be disappointed. In fact, you might find yourself digging into dessert first before the main course.