Wait, not forgetting their Omma (Mother), O’ma Spoon, which formed the family of Korean bingsu cafes, serving shaved milk bingsu.
We noticed the influx of Korean Bingsu lately. In 2 months, we saw 8 shops opening. This is perfect for the all year round hot and humid weather in Singapore. Cold desserts on a hot day, sometimes with good looking Korean staff as eye candies. Sometimes. (Read: 10 Korean Bingsu In Singapore)
The authentic Korean bingsu is different from our local Made-In-Singapore Ice kachang, one is shaved milk and the latter is shaved ice. (We note that some bingsu shops don’t use the better machines, and thus land up with coarser ice.) Smooth, fine, almost looking flawless. No, we are not talking about makeovers in Korea.
Taking over the space that was once occupied by Spanish Doughnuts Singapore, owner of Nunsaram (who is also the owner of Korean BBQ restaurant K Cook) stressed that Nunsaram is a “real Korean dessert café”. (I hope that doesn’t imply some of the rest are fake,)
Bingsu are priced between $12.90 and $15.90, an additional $1.50 for a scoop of ice cream and $2.50 for red beans.
The side menu consists of Tteogkkochi (Korean rice cakes on skewers) that comes in 3 variations: Honey ($4.50), Spicy ($4.90) and Cheese ($5.90) and Injeolmi Toast ($5.90).
Their shaved milk in the bingsu was soft and refined, comparable to any other members of the shaved milk bingsu family. Afterall, it runs in the family, I mean it is run by the same machine imported from Korea.
Our favourite was the Injeolmi Bingsu ($12.90) with chewy rice cakes coated with soybean powder. Simple, cheapest on the menu, and yet, full of traditional Korean flavour.
The Blueberry Bingsu ($15.90) came with generous portions blueberries and dried cranberries toppings.
Note to myself, I’m actually eating healthily (like real!) due to the high level of anti- oxidants.
The Strawberry Bingsu ($15.90) on the other hand, could be too sweet due to the inclusion of jam. But the ladies on the table loved them, probably due to their higher sweetness threshold.
The aroma of the Garlic Cheese Bread ($7.90) caught our attention from far. Topped with a generous amount of cheese and garlic toppings, there would be a need to rinse your mouth after consumption.
We loved how the cheese in between the bread stretched, and wished that the bread was toasted to give it an extra crunch. Nevertheless, the flavours were pretty distinct and spot on.
Tough competition since there are so many korean bingu cafes nowadays in close proximity (Omaspoon opening their 2nd outlet at Somerset@313 in May 2015).
After all, the difference may not be that significant, but Nunsaram, Saranghaeyo.
Nunsaram Korean Dessert Cafe
181 orchard rd #05-51/52 Orchard Central, Singapore 238896 (Somerset MRT)
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon-Sun)
* Written by Daniel’s Food Diary Cafe Correspondent Nicholas Tan. He can be found as @stormscape on Instagram