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Potbingsu {Korean Shaved Ice Dessert}

Potbingsu {Korean Shaved Ice Dessert}

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!


Potbingsu {Korean Shaved Ice Dessert}

  • 1½ cups shaved ice
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • ½ cup sweet red beans (or more)
  • 4 strawberries, sliced
  • ½ peach, diced
  • ¼ cup blueberries

  1. 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.



6 Responses to “Potbingsu {Korean Shaved Ice Dessert}”

  1. #
    Lynna — July 21, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    I love love shaved ice! It`s also one of my favorite desserts! :) Red bean is definitely something I love eating with my shaved ice!

  2. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — July 21, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    Bingsu is my absolute favorite! And it’s so good during the summer!

  3. #
    Belinda @zomppa — July 22, 2012 at 4:01 am

    I need to follow suit and stop eating so many unhealthy desserts!

  4. #
    Darvel John Silda — August 10, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    Finally, something besides the same old things for deserts and summer treats! :-) The possibilities are endless!!! I discovered Bingsu while watching Directv channel 2095, Arirang TV.


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