Man, oh man. It is summer time in Korea and it is hot! The monsoon season has come to an end and the weather is uncomfortably warm. Not to worry, though. There many awesome things about summer in Korea and dessert time is one of them. I have gone on and on to my family and friends about how awesome the cafes are in Korea and that's no joke. One of my favorite things to enjoy on a hot afternoon is the local favorite, patbingsu (팥빙수).
Patbingsu is made with ice shavings, ice cream, and a variety of toppings, including: cereal, fruit, milk, cream, chocolate, and traditional Korean rice cake. More often than not, you will see Korean women eating patbingsu together, just laughing it up and having a ball.....but you can also catch me shamelessly stuffing my face with this wonderful treat. See below for what Wikipedia has to say on the history of this dish:
This snack originally began as ice shavings and sweetened azuki beans (known as pat,팥). It was sold by street vendors. In contemporary culture, it has become a very elaborate summer dessert, often topped with ice cream or frozen yogurt, sweetenedcondensed milk, fruit syrups, various fruits such as strawberries, kiwifruit, and bananas, small pieces of tteok (rice cake), chewy jelly bits, and cereal flakes.[3ppt
All I see is YUMMMMMMM!!!!