There are not many kinds of “desserts” in Korea. My mom would always bring out different kinds of fruits after dinner and that was really our dessert. (Maybe that’s why a lot of Koreans are so skinny!) One of very few desserts that I remember having is “Pot Bing Su” which literally means “red bean shaved ice”. There are so many things that you can make using sweet red beans… I’ve been sharing some wonderful recipes with red beans. (Check out the recipes that use sweet red beans)
Pot Bing Su is a very popular Summer dessert – It’s served with shaved ice topped with sweet red beans and different kinds of fruits. You can use any kinds of fruits really. I think maybe some pineapples would have been really good, too. I used strawberries, blueberries, and peaches.
I also added some maple syrup to the ice. It added a nice, rich maple flavor to the ice and it went really well with all the fruits.
I don’t have a ice shaver so I used my blender. It doesn’t shave ice as fine as a ice shaver, but it still worked pretty good.
To make Pot Bing Su, prepare your favorite fruits by cutting them small. You will need about 1 1/2 cup shaved ice. Add 1 tablespoon maple syrup (or regular syrup) to the shaved ice. Top it with about 1/2 cup (or more) canned sweet red beans and fruits.
Here it is! A perfect Korean dessert for hot Summer days!
- 1½ cups shaved ice
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- ½ cup sweet red beans (or more)
- 4 strawberries, sliced
- ½ peach, diced
- ¼ cup blueberries
- Place shaved ice in a bowl. Add the maple syrup to the shaved ice. Top with sweet red beans, strawberries, peace, and blueberries and serve immediately.
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