Make a perfect summer dessert, Patbingsu (Korean shaved ice) at home! It will chill you down for sure! Also, it’s super easy and delicious.
Bingsu / Bingsoo (빙수) is probably the most sought after summer dessert in Korea. Bingsu means Korean shaved ice dessert.
When I was little, I only knew one kind of bingsu and that’s patbingsu. But nowadays you can see many varieties of bingsu (e.g. oreo bingsu, mango bingsu and green tea bingsu) depending on the toppings used, and the list seems keep expanding.
Now let’s put a spotlight on our topic, patbingsu today. Patbingsu / Patbingsoo / Pat bing soo (팥빙수) means Korean shaved ice with red beans.
These red beans are boiled, mashed then sweetened, so it’s soft and sweet. It goes very well in dessert. (Check out some of my red bean paste snack recipes from here: Korean donut balls and Korean style taiyaki).
While you can make this red bean paste from scratch at home, you can buy the sweetened red bean paste from a Korean / Asian grocery store. This makes the patbingsu making so much easier and quicker! (This is my favorite red bean paste brand.)
Another popular ingredient in patbingsu is small bite sized mochi / sweet rice cake toppings. I love having these! These are chewy, sweet and bouncy jelly like little goodies. Frankly speaking, these mochi rice cakes are my favorite part of the bingsu!
To make shaved ice, you typically use an ice shaver, but I don’t own one. So I made mine with a food processor. I read that the texture of the shaved ice would be different, nonetheless, it does the trick!
Patbingsu is super easy and quick to make. It’s also very versatile as well! (You can add anything you like as a topping!) I hope you enjoy making it! It will be a fun family summer project!
Ingredients for Patbingsu, Serves 2
- 400 g / 0.9 pounds ice cubes
- 2 Tbsp sweet red bean paste (or more to taste)
- 2 Tbsp sweetened condensed milk (or more to taste)
- 16 mini sweet rice cakes (mochi)
- 80 g / 2.8 ounces strawberry, chopped
- 45 g / 1.6 ounces kiwi, thinly sliced
- 45 g / 1.6 ounces blueberry
- 45 g / 1.6 ounces pineapple, chopped
*Other popular toppings – A scoop of ice cream, breakfast cereal (e.g. cornflakes), green tea powder, Korean roasted grains, mango, banana, jellies. The list goes on and on.
**1 Tbsp = 15 ml
How to Make Patbingsu (Korean Shaved Ice)
1. Put the ice blocks into a food processor (or shaved ice machine if you have one). Grind the ice (for about 20 seconds) until it has a smooth texture.
2. Place the shaved ice into a chilled serving bowl. Top up with your choice of fruit, red bean paste, mochi. Garnish with sweetened condensed milk. (FYI: I like layering the sweetened condensed milk on top of the shaved ice as well as on top of the fruit.)
Patbingsu (Korean Shaved Ice)
- Put the ice blocks into a food processor (or shaved ice machine if you have one). Grind the ice (for about 20 seconds) until it has a smooth texture.
- Place the shaved ice into a chilled serving bowl. Top up with your choice of fruit, red bean paste, mochi. Garnish with sweetened condensed milk. (FYI: I like layering the sweetened condensed milk on top of the shaved ice as well as on top of the fruit.)