Mango bingsu, otherwise known as Korean shaved ice, is set to become your new favorite summer dessert recipe!
Don't believe me? Take a look at the pics below. Then make the recipe, put your feet up in the garden and let the taste of summer melt in your mouth. It's really that good.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- It's fantastically fresh
- It tastes incredible
- The contrasting textures make for a really interesting dessert
- It looks like a summer dream
- It's so easy to make
Special Equipment Needed To Make This Recipe
Before you get started, here are a few key items you'll need to make mango bingsu.
- KitchenAid stand mixer and shaved ice attachment – the Kitchen Aid shaved ice attachment is the star of the show when it comes to making this mango bingsu. It's a great tool for getting that authentic Korean shaved ice texture to your mango bingsu
- Chef's knife and chopping board – you'll need these to chop up your mango
Popular Substitutions For This Recipe
- Instead of sweetened condensed milk, you can use whole milk. You can also use glucose syrup or corn syrup if you prefer them to sweet condensed milk
How To Make This Recipe
Place the block of frozen ice inside the KitchenAid's shave ice attachments holder.
Plug it into the blade attachment and switch on the machine. Let it snow!
Assemble! One layer ice, mango puree, condensed milk. Repeat. Then top with mango cubes and serve. Enjoy!
Variations To This Recipe
- Omit the chili if you're not a fan of heat. Alternatively, keep the chili seeds in or use a hot chili if you like it hot
- You could even add ground ginger for a really interesting flavor twist
- Patbingsu is the most popular bingsu in Korea – it's made with milk, ice and red bean paste
- Add chopped kiwi, strawberry and banana for an extra fruity twist
- Add a squeeze of lime or lemon juice for some extra zest
- Add a sprinkling of desiccated coconut on top for a hit of tropical flavor
- Use partly frozen mango cubes instead of fresh mango for an extra cool garnish for your mango bingsu
- If your mangoes aren't sweet and ripe, you can add a little sugar to bring up the sweetness of the puree. Adjust according to taste
- Add the sweet condensed milk to the water before freezing for frozen milk
What is mango bingsu?
Mango bingsu is a beautiful dessert that combines flavored shaved ice, mango puree, fresh mangos and garnishes including mint, chili.
The shaved ice is made by freezing a mixture of sweet condensed milk and water, then blending it to create a frosting. This frosting is placed on the bottom of a glass or bowl.
Pieces of mango are then added to the shaved ice, before being topped with drizzled condensed milk and garnishes.
Traditional bingsu comes in a variety of flavors, not just mango. Others include strawberry, red bean, green tea, yogurt, coffee and even chocolate!
Where does mango bingsu come from?
Mango bingsu comes from South Korea. In the summer, it's hugely popular. So much so, that you'll often find lines around the block outside restaurants and hotels, as people queue for a bowl of summertime bingsu.
In recent years, the popularity of bingsu has spread across the globe. You'll now find it in restaurants across Europe and in North America.
Keep an eye out for bingsu in Korean restaurants, cafes and bakeries. Better yet, follow the easy recipe below and make your own!
Aside from the Korean version, the Chinese also have their own version of a shaved ice dessert, known as baobing.
Why is it called Mango Bingsu?
Bingsu is a Korean word. In Korean, 'bing' means ice and 'su' means water.
Who invented bingsu?
Bingsu is not actually a Korean invention. It actually originated in China, hundreds of years ago during the Joseon Dynasty. The practice of eating fruits with shaved ice came to Korea during Japanese occupation.
Modern bingsoo was popularized by the Tae Keuk Dang bakery, which opened in 1942 and is one of the oldest bakeries in South Korea.
It is rumored that the dish was made from US army surplus supplies and that modern bingsu became popular when it was sold by street vendors.
Nowadays, bingsu can cost as much as $50 per bowl in fancy 5-star hotels and fine dining restaurants in Korea.
What toppings can I use?
Use your imagination! Add your favorite fruit, drizzle syrup or ice cream sundae sauce, add sprinkles, candy or, for a touch of Korean authenticity, red bean paste.
If you're feeling extra decadent, top with several scoops of soft vanilla ice cream!
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