Love Ice cream? Then you will worship Bingsu.

Where can you find some of the best deserts in the world? That’s easy. South Korea.

If you’re from the UK, then you are probably familiar with mainstay desserts. Artic rolls, rice pudding, and spotted dick are a few favorites to grace our lips. But what’s a traditional Korean dessert? Well, that’s easy too. Take some shaved ice, a cup of milk and an assortment of sweets. What do you get? A sweet and yummy dessert. Bingsu (빙수)

A photo if bingsu from a korean cafe

What’s it like eating Korean shaved ice? When the temperature spikes it feels like you’re eating heaven. With thermometers predicted to explode this summer there is never a better time to chip away at a sweet mountain of ice.

What is bingsu?

The Korean archives show that Bingsu was first eaten in the Joseon Dynasty. Some say government officials in the late 14th century would scrape a fine layer of Ice from the Royal Ice box, sprinkle it with a selection of fruit and then waffle it down.

Bingsu sounds organic and delicious, and I’m guessing you would like to know how to make it? So can we make it? And the answer is:


With the dawn of freezers and the evolution of Kitchen utensils, we can make this scrumptious desert at home. First, let’s inspect what you need.

What do you need to make patbingsu with limited tools?

  • Milk
  • Sweet and condense milk
  • Large zip-lock bag
  • Whole sweet red beans

Bingsu Recipe.

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How to make traditional Patbingsu
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time5 hrs
Total Time5 hrs 15 mins
Servings: 4 people
Cost: $5


  • Large Zip Lock Bag
  • Rolling pin or something hard to break the ice
  • Freezer
  • Measuring cup


  • 2 cups Milk
  • 4-6 tbsp Sweet and Condense Milk
  • 1 cup Whole Red Beans


  • Open the large ziplock bag and add 2 cups of milk..
  • Add 4 to 6 tbsp of condense milk and taste it.
  • After you've added the milk, make sure you squeeze the bag to remove all the air.
  • Lie the bag flat and put it into the freezer.
  • Freeze for 5 hours.
  • Remove the bag and place onto the counter
  • Hit the bag with something firm like a rolling pin- until its broken into nicely fine pieces.
  • Place the contents into the bowl and add the red beans.

What is bingsu made of?

These days cafes usually make it with shaved ice, milk and an assortment of sweets. Cheese cakes, red beans, milk chocolate, rice cakes, and various fruits are some popular toppings they use. Cafes and restaurants may also add a scoop of ice cream or frozen yogurt to go alongside this sweet treat.

How do you eat it?

In Korea, people usually eat bingsu with everyone battling to eat all the sweets, particularly the cheesecakes first. With spoons at the ready, they attack the bingsu head on before it melts into a milky puddle. Although slurping down the milky puddle is also a treat.

I suggest getting the biggest spoon and digging in immediately, before all the cheese cakes go!

Where can you eat this sweet treat in Korea?

You might struggle to find this bowl of ice in the winter, unless you go to an exclusive bingsu cafe like Sulbing. But, if you’re out and about this summer, look for the enormous ice bowl posters in cafe windows. You will see a sweet concoction of bingsu with a vast amount of sweets and sugar piled on top. Don’t be mistaken by the picture. Although it looks like ice cream, it is probably bingsu-the holy grail of Korean deserts.

Some popular cafes and coffee shops that sell this desert in Korea are: Ediya Cafe, Sulbing A Two Some Place, Holly’s Cafe, and little cafes that line the back streets might also sell it too.

A photo of me holding bingsu