So this past weekend I was able to purchase an ice shaving machine... finally. After all these years of being a huge lover of bingsoo (빙수), I was finally able to make a homemade version which of course, always tastes better, is healthier, and more cost efficient.
Bingsoo is a Korean dessert that consists of shaved ice and all different toppings. One of the more famous and classic topping is red bean (팥빙수). I decided to show you 3 different healthy ways you can top your shaved ice and I truly encourage all of you to get an ice shaving machine, if you love shaved ice. It only costs $13-35 depending on the type of machine, but it is so much fun to see the ice being shaved and it tastes delicious. For those of you who don't already have a machine, I'll also show you a way you can make bingsoo without an ice shaver! First, let me show you the basics of making shaved ice and then we'll get right to the different topings!
Before you shave or place any ice into your bowl, make sure to pour a little bit of milk in. This will allow the ice to be wonderfully absorbed by the milk, and it gives it that creamy taste at the end. Next, after you shave your ice in... condensed milk is a must! This also contributes to the sweetness and creaminess of bingsoo. The shaved ice pairs perfectly with the condensed milk and all of your different toppings. So milk and condensed milk is the foundation and a must when making bingsoo. Now, lets get started with the 3 different toppings!
1.) THE CLASSIC ONE - Pat Bingsoo (팥빙수)
How can I not make the classic pat bingsoo when talking about Korean shaved ice? This is the classic topping and its absolutely delicious! After you've filled your bowl with a layer of milk, shaved ice, and condensed milk... top with red beans, strawberries, and frosted flakes (or any cereal of your choice). Another key ingredient for me is misugaru (미숫가루), which is a combination powder of 7-10 different grains. This is of course optional and essentially the only key ingredient would be the red beans, but I've found that all these together make for a great topping!
2.) THE HEALTHY ONE - Fruit & Yogurt Bingsoo (과일빙수)
One thing I love about bingsoo is how versatile it can be. Of course, if you top it with ice cream, chocolate chips, candy, and a ton of other delicious things... unfortunately, its not the healthiest snack. But there's hope! Instead of topping this with ice cream I topped it with greek yogurt! You can use any type of yogurt and I surrounded the rest of the ice, with tons and tons of fresh fruit. Today, I used kiwis, mangos, strawberries, and blueberries. It paired so deliciously with the condensed milk and yogurt.
TIP: Try freezing some milk and when you go to shave the ice, mix just regular ice and iced milk... absolutely yummy!
3.) THE CREAMY ONE - Milk Bingsoo (우유빙수)
This is my all time favorite one! I absolutely adore anything creamy and sweet... so for those out there that love milk, this is the topping for you. First, I used iced milk. All you have to do is freeze milk in an ice tray and then just shave the milk when making your bingsoo. For those of you, who don't have an ice shaver, I'll show you down below how to simply get shaved ice without one. So, fill your bowl with milk, shaved milk ice, condensed milk, and then I topped it with a vanilla flavored yogurt, honey, and some cereal. You can also use granola or nuts as your crunchy topping. Graham crackers are also a delicious alternative. The honey gives it a nice sweet touch, and I also love it when it hardens a little bit from the ice. Of course, you can use just regular shaved iced but the iced milk gives it the extra creamy touch.
And there we have it! Obviously, you can top your bingsoo with whatever you'd like, but I found these toppings to be healthy and also delicious. Now, what do you do when you don't have an ice shaver? If you have a blender, you could blend your ice in it. The only downside to that would be that the ice wouldn't be as fluffy and soft.
Also, you can make the milk bingsoo by just simply freezing milk in any container and defrosting it 3-4 hours before you're going to eat or serve it. After, you just take a spoon and scrape the milk shavings. This is pretty tedious but this was an option I had tested out and worked perfectly. If you freeze some milk in an ice tray you can also put those cubes in a plastic bag and mash the ice in the bag with something hard. This also gives good results.
Pictured above is the red bean I used for my first topping. You can find all these ingredients in your local Asian market or Korean market. The fruits and yogurt can be found in any local market.
Aren't these so cute and delicious looking. They're perfect for the summertime and the variety of each toppings makes it so fun to eat. Needless to say, these are so easy to make! I hope you enjoy!
Photography & Styling by: Jito