-August 10, 2017-
As it is probably the case for most girls, I am a great admirer of desserts. Especially when summer comes, I consume pounds and pounds of ice cream every day (so much for getting that beach body 😒). I like to indulge in cold sweets like ice cream, gelato, frozen yogurt, pudding, and frappuccino. But above all else, I looooove shaved ices and they’re actually one of the main reasons why I look forward to summer.
Today, I want to share with you my favorite type of shaved ice-patbingsoo (pronounced pot-bing-soo). “Pat” means “red bean” and “bingsoo” means “shaved ice”. And thus, patbingsoo’s literal translation in English is red bean shaved ice. It is one of the most popular desserts in Korea.
The first patbingsoo ever made was very simple-just some shaved ice with cooked red beans mixed with sugar, milk, condensed milk, and rice cakes or fruits on top. Today, there are various forms of shaved ices sold throughout the world and more franchises like Snowdays are beginning to open up to promote and support the growing interest in this chilling delicacy that can possibly cause brain freeze if gulped down too much at once (speaking from personal experience). As a shaved ice enthusiast, I am by all means a lover of all types that exist.
However, there are times now and then, when I just crave the most traditional style of Korean shaved ice. And that is when I go to Yedang-a cozy, Korean traditional themed café located in Queens, New York.
Their patbingsoo is by far the best that I’ve ever tried in my life and I can say this with confidence and pride. It’s not like the other ones where you’re just given a couple pieces of fruits on top of the shaved ice topped with a scoop of ice cream, which tastes like fruits dunked in sweet water once all the ice melts.
At Yedang, the ice is made out of frozen milk instead of water so that even after the ice melts, the bingsoo continues to taste sweet. On top of that, they add condensed milk after every layer of the shaved milk to augment its sweetness. The toppings are not that extravagant but they surely enhance the taste and stimulate my taste buds in a more pleasing way. The crunchy dried dates, almond flakes, injeolmi (rice cake coated with bean powder), and the perfectly cooked red bean are just extraordinary.
In addition to their shaved ice, Yedang‘s rice cakes are a must-have if you are to ever swing by the place!
If I haven’t mentioned already, I am also a big rice cake fan (I just love all carbs-especially pastries and rice cakes). With that being said, I can’t help but to love this place because they have the best of both worlds for me-patbingsoo and rice cakes!!! Their rice cakes are on the pricier side with a piece of a small rice cake costing an average of $5. But honestly, I think it’s definitely worth it. I went today and killed two patbingsoos and the rice cake variety pack with my mom because they just tasted that good (and this was after we had ramen noodles for dinner too…).
- Sweet Pumpkin Rice Cake
- Black Bean Rice Cake
- Yak Sik – sweetened rice mixed with honey, dried nuts (usually chestnuts and pine nuts), and dates.
- Mochi Rice Cake– filled with sweetened red bean filling.
To those of you who have never tried patbingsoo or just shaved ice in general, please go and have one before this summer is over! But don’t blame me if you end up craving one every day like I do 😅.
Yedang ★★★★☆ ㅣ Korean, Desserts
HOURS: Mon-Sun 9am-9pm
LOCATION: 210-03 Northern Blvd, Bayside, NY 11361
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