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Korean Shaved Ice Patbingsu 팥빙수


Pat means sweet red bean and bingsu means shaved ice.

That’s all you really need to know because beyond that, you squish in what fits in.  I tumbled in chunks of fruit that happened to be on sale at my market.  You can literally add whatever you want to.  Chocolate/peanut butter, liquid cheesecake, guava syrup, crunchy cereals, crumbled cookies, toasted nuts/coconuts, lychee…whatever!

It’s such a popular dessert in Korea and maybe so because it gets H.O.T!  Not to mention, there’s so much walking to be done.  Whenever I visit Korea, I gain about 20 lbs because I’m going pretty hard on all the exciting, stimulating flavors happening all over the place and lose it right back because of the heat + active spirit of everyone around you.

The first thing you’ll want to do is prepare your mochi.  You can omit the coffee for water if you don’t want a “mocha flavor.”

Korean Shaved Ice Patbingsu 팥빙수

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  • 2 c shaved ice
  • ¼-1/2 c each of any fresh fruit
  • ¼ c sweetened red beans (not paste)
  • ¼ c rice cake bites/mochi
  • 2-4 tb sweetened condensed milk

  1. In a serving dish, layer all of your ingredients together.
  2. Finish off with a generous drizzle of sweetened condensed milk.
  3. Mix the whole thing together before eating.

My dad had like, 6 servings of this.  Fortunately, I guess we’re wired to be immune to brain freezes.

Confession #567, I’ve never had a brain freeze and don’t even know what they feel like.

Hope y’all are staying cool!


Your Squishy Monster

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