Pat bing soo is a popular summer
dessert in Korea
is a sweet red bean
common in a lot of Asian pastry
. Bing soo
is Korean for "iceberg
". As the literal translation hints at, it's a dish full of crushed ice topped with red beans, ice cream
slices, cherries, and jelly beans. It's a kind of sundae
, fruit salad
, and slushy all rolled into one.
It's on the menu of most popular fast food joints in Korea, including McDonald's
, Burger King
, and a homegrown burger joint called Lotteria
(home of the world famous kimchi
burger and the warm wet towel dispensing machine). It's usually a summer item, or at least hits menus when the weather turns warm, which is about the beginning of April in much of Korea.
A bowl of pat bing soo runs about 2,500 won
or US$2.50. That's actually pricey in Korea where you can get a decent lunch for $2.50 including beverage and soup. You do get a pretty big bowl and Koreans would tend to share a single bowl between two.
Much like eating an Oreo
cookie, there are two competing theories on how to eat pat bing soo. Some believe in mixing everything at the start. Others believe in a more layered approach, eating the ice cream first and then other favorite fruit bits before mixing the rest.