As far as Korean food goes, patbingsuis often a dessert that can be a bit baffling to foreigners-especially when they hear the list of ingredients. Nonetheless,patbingsu is a highly popular treat all across Korea. Mostlyprominent in the hot summer months, the refreshing snack can betraced all the way back to the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910).
Original forms of patbingsu weresimple, consisting of only shaved ice and red bean porridge. Thisversion is still readily available in Korea, but the dessert hasevolved much over the years! Nowadays the bean and ice areaccompanied by sweetened milk, various fruits, bits of rice cake,jelly, roasted grain powder, and ice cream.
Some versions of bingsu omit the redbeans altogether. Melon, green tea, chocolate, and coffee bingsu arepopular alternatives to the traditional dessert.
Whatever your preference, patbingsu isfound easily in cafes, bakeries, and ice cream shops across SouthKorea. Bring a friend to share the treat- most patbingsu is served ina massive bowl that can easily be split between two.