Origin

Bingsu (빙수) is considered one of the most popular desserts in Asia. Surprisingly, you can actually trace this dessert all the way back to the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). Ice from ice boxes called seobingo or bingo were shaved into flakes and mixed with pieces of fruit. The result at the time resembled hwachae (fruit punch) more, but is commonly considered bingsu’s earliest form. Nowadays, It’s created by freezing an ice cream base at subarctic temperatures (-45° F) and then shaved into small ice cream flakes to be served.

Joseon Dynasty
Joseon Dynasty

We always strive to create something new and unique while still emulating the bingsu we ate during our time living in Korea. Between the four of us we brainstormed on what would be the best flavours to choose from a customer’s perspective. That is why we are excited to offer more than just our regular assortment of fruit-based bingsu. From our minds to your mouths we also provide: Matcha Red Bean, White Chocolate Strawberry, Ferrero Rocher and Vietnamese Coffee.

Our cafe doesn’t exclusively sell Bingsu though. In addition to our most popular dish, we also serve Waffles, Honey Toast and Mochi. The Waffles in particular are actually Injeolmi (인절미), which is a Korean rice cake that is traditionally coated in roasted soybean powder. We take these rice cakes and press them in our waffle maker to create this light and fluffy experience wrapped in a crispy outer shell. Our Honey Toast and Mochi are also welcome additions to our cafe, having originated in Japan but still popularized in Korean restaurants.

Process

We usually fill our ice moulds and freeze them for about 12-24 hours before shaving. This means we essentially prep each batch 1 day before we actually use them. On the day of use, we temper our ice on the countertop until it glistens and then begin shaving them into snow (naturally this is done on a per-order basis).

Shaving the ice for Bingsu
Shaving the ice for Bingsu

We then garnish our bingsu with any number of sweet to savoury toppings before drizzling some sweetened condensed milk on top and adding a scoop of ice cream to top it off.

Garnishing the Bingsu Dish
Garnishing the Bingsu Dish