Patbingsu (Korean Shaved Ice)
This is the Korean version of the shaved ice dessert that you see in many Asian countries. You can get very creative with the toppings, using cereal, scoops of ice cream, fruit jellies, nuts, sprinkles of green tea (matcha) and all sorts of sweet syrups. The recipe that I have below is kind of a basic, classic version that you can add to... use your imagination!
- 1 pint ice
- 1 cup red bean paste (this comes ready made in Korean groceries, or you can make your own)
- 1/3 cup milk
- 2 tbsp condensed milk
- 3 tbsp sweet rice flour balls -- you can make these or buy these also from a Korean grocery, they are usually frozen and called bingsu dduk (빙수떡)
- chopped fruits for garnish (kiwi, banana, strawberries, mango, etc)
- Ingredients for red bean paste
- 1 cup red bean, also called adzuki bean (pat 팥)
- pinch of salt & sugar
- Ingredients for rice flour balls
- 1/3 cup water
- 1 cup sweet rice flour (chapssalgaru 찹쌀가루)
- If you are making your own red bean paste, here's what you have to do: soak 1 cup of red beans for 1 hour, then boil. Cook until it gets very tender – 30 min or longer. Using food processor or mixer, grind and add pinch of salt and sugar.
- If you are making your own rice flour balls, boil 1/3 cup of water, stir in 1 cup of sweet rice flour (chapssalgaru 찹쌀가루), and knead several times – roll into a big round ball and subdivide that big ball into small tiny round balls. Boil in water until they float, then place in the freezer for 15 mins to make firm but slightly chewy.
- If you have bought the red bean and rice cake already, it's very easy to make this dessert. Shave the ice into a pile in a bowl. It's best to use an electric ice shaver instead of trying to do this by hand.
- Trickle the milk and condensed milk evenly over the ice. Distribute small scoops of red bean paste around the pile of ice.
- Now sprinkle bits of the rice flour balls and pieces of fruit (your choice). Enjoy!
Serving Size: 2
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Preparation Time: 15 minutes