Patbingsoo is a popular dessert eaten in Korea during the summer. Although the weather’s cold now since fall is here, I love to have it anytime I want something refreshing throughout the year!

Red Bean Shaved Ice

Red Bean Shaved Ice

What started off as simply shaved ice and sweetened azuki beans (‘pat’), the dessert has evolved into a fancy dish that now includes various toppings such as:

  • ice cream
  • condensed milk
  • fresh fruit
  • nuts
  • cereal
  • rice cake

It’s like a luxurious snowcone, but in a bowl (which makes it even better because there’s no need to worry about anything melting and dripping anywhere)!

sweetened azuki beans
toppings of your choice

1. “Shave” the ice with a blender if you don’t have a shaved ice machine.
2. Place ice in a bowl (preferably clear for a better appearance hehe).
3. Add azuki beans followed by toppings of your choice. I suggest putting an equal ratio toppings to ice. For example, if you have 2 cups of shaved ice, use 2 cups worth of toppings!
3. Dig in and enjoyy!

*If you’re using condensed milk, feel free to substitute it with skim milk to decrease the sugar content. There are a lot of variations for this dessert, like green tea patbingsoo, chocolate, and misugaru (traditional grain powder). Patbingsoo is something you can really customize to your taste so have fun with it! The possibilities are truly endless.

This is usually served in a large bowl to share with friends. People often mix all the toppings together with the ice before they enjoy it, but I prefer to mix little spoonfuls at a time ^__^ That way, it won’t look like a big slush of ingredients mingling with each other and look nice until you finish.

If you’re one of those people who say it’s never too cold for ice cream (like me), then you’ll definitely enjoy this dessert all year-round too!

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