All over the world summers are getting hotter than ever. There is no better way to cool down than with a big bowl of Korean bingsu. While there may not be any bingsu shops in your area, it’s actually super easy to make it yourself at home. So, here is a simple mango bingsu recipe that you can make no matter where in the world you are.
Background on Bingsu
When the three hottest days of the year (Sambok) arrive there is nothing better than enjoying bingsu (빙수). Bingsu is the most popular dessert in Korea, especially in the summer months. It’s not only a delight for the eyes, due to its creative and varied decoration, but also for the taste buds.
Bingsu is made from shaved ice. Then, it is topped with all kinds of yummy things, such as fruit, ice cream, rice cake (tteok), nuts, or pretty much anything your heart desires. Sometimes, the shaved ice isn’t just made of water. The ice can be made of frozen milk and taste similar to vanilla ice cream, or it can come in various flavors.
Its traditional form is patbingsu (팥빙수) and, as its name implies, it is made from red beans (팥) and shaved ice (빙수). However, nowadays you can enjoy limitless bingsu options. There are modern favorites like oreo bingsu, healthy alternatives like fruit bingsu, and even some that cross the line like cheese corn bingsu.
Nowadays, cafes and dessert shops in Korea use a special machine to scrape the ice and give it a smooth, fine texture similar to snow. But of course, it wasn’t always this ideal texture. You can make a more traditional textured bingsu at home, from anywhere in the world.
Mango Bingsu at Home
For those who use appliances (food processor or blender) this recipe can take as little as two minutes to prepare. However, you can go really old school and resort to an airtight bag and the support of a kitchen roller, but it will take a little longer.
Today, I will be sharing my at-home recipe for mango bingsu (망고빙수). But, you can substitute mango for any other fruit you enjoy – strawberry, peach, watermelon, blueberries, etc.
Mango Bingsu Ingredients
- 500 ml of fresh milk (I recommend whole or reduced fat milk. It’s harder to crush milk with a lower fat percentage)
- Condensed milk (to taste)
- 1 Mango (or other fruit)
- Any toppings you want (ice cream, nuts, whipped cream, etc)
- Ice tray
- Something to crush ice (blender, food processor, fork, rolling pin, etc)
Mango Bingsu Recipe
It only takes nine steps to make a bingsu at home.
- Pour 500 ml of milk into an ice tray
- Place the ice tray of milk in the freezer until the milk turns to ice.
- Peel and cut the mangoes into cubes.
- When the milk is solidified, pour the ice cubes into a container.
- Carefully crush the cubes with the help of a fork until the ice obtains a fine texture (you can substitute the fork with any of the appliances mentioned above). High-fat milk-based ice crushes easily, so you won’t have a problem using a fork.
- Sprinkle condensed milk over the shaved ice.
- Put the mango cubes on top.
- Put a ball of ice cream (optional) and add condensed milk to the fruit (also optional)
- Done! Enjoy!
Need some more ideas of what to put on your bingsu? Click Here for a guide to bingsu!