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Patbingsu (Korean Shaved Ice) Recipe

Once you’re familiar with patbingsu, you’ll crave it on a daily basis. This vibrant Korean shaved ice dessert is a sensory delight, promising cold, sweet, and fruity pleasures. It’s a dessert that you didn’t need to cook!

About Patbingsu:

Whether it’s blazing hot outside or you’ve cranked up the heat inside, patbingsu is a sublime refresher. A perfect substitute for your regular ice cream, you can customize patbingsu to fit any taste preference. A fun idea is to create a patbingsu station, letting everyone customize their own.

Key Ingredients:

  • Crushed or Shaved Ice: While many Korean homes own an ice shaving machine, Watkins recommends the “double zipper baggie and meat mallet” technique as an efficient and therapeutic method to crush ice.
  • Sweetened Condensed Milk & Red Beans: Easily found in Asian grocers (or Amazon), these are essential. Watkins suggests beginners use canned sweetened red beans.
  • Fruits: Mango, strawberries, kiwi, and blueberries are recommended, but substitutions like pineapple, guava, or bananas can work just as well.
  • Mini Mochi Ice Cream: Watkins swears by these bite-sized delights, recommending flavors like strawberry and mango.
  • Mint Sprigs: A refreshing garnish to top off your dessert.


  1. Preparation:
  • Crush or shave ice.
  • Set out 4 bowls and add 2 cups of ice to each. Shape the ice into a central mound using your hands.
  1. Condensed Milk Layer:
    Drizzle each ice mound with 2 to 3 tablespoons of sweetened condensed milk. Pop the bowls into the freezer for 5 minutes to allow the condensed milk to set slightly.
  2. Add the Toppings:
  • Spoon the sweetened red beans over or around each ice mound.
  • Customize with diced fruits (mango, strawberries, kiwi, blueberries).
  • Finish with mini mochi ice creams and mint sprigs for garnish.
  • Serve immediately.

Patbingsu Recipe:

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4 servings


  • 8 cups crushed or shaved ice
  • ¾ cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup canned sweetened red beans
  • 1 cup diced mango
  • 1 cup diced strawberries
  • 1 cup diced kiwi
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 8 mini mochi ice creams (pick your favorite flavors)
  • Mint sprigs for garnish


  1. Allocate 2 cups of ice per bowl (total of 4 bowls). Form a mound in the center using your hands.
  2. Drizzle about 2-3 tablespoons of condensed milk over each ice mound. Chill the bowls in the freezer for 5 minutes.
  3. Garnish with red beans, mango, strawberries, kiwi, and blueberries.
  4. Complete with mini mochi ice creams and fresh mint sprigs. Serve promptly.

Nutritional Information:

  • Calories: 492/serving
  • Total Fat: 9.7g | Saturated Fat: 5.5g
  • Cholesterol: 34.2mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 87.8g | Dietary Fiber: 15.4g | Sugars: 54.6g
  • Sodium: 132.3mg
  • Protein: 18.0g

Patbingsu, with its delightful array of textures and flavors, offers a unique experience. Sweet, customizable, and fun to assemble, it’s a guaranteed hit for all ages. Enjoy this cool treat and explore the various flavors and textures it can offer!

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