The weather, oh, the merciless hot weather. That is why (some) bingsu cafes are surviving well in Singapore. There are so many Korean Bingsu shops which opened (and closed) within a short one year frame, it is not even funny anymore.
Did Bingki Korean Desserts enter the saturated market too late?
It is located at Tanjong Pagar Plaza (near Craig Road), a short walk from where most of the Korean barbecue shops are, and diagonally opposite Twins Korean Chicken.
I asked the Korean girl behind the cashier what their opening hours were since that was not reflected in the namecard. “24 hours every day!” In a happy mood. [Updated: Opening hours have been changed to 2am during weekdays, and 4am for Fridays and Saturday nights.)
More than 10 different bingsu varieties are available, including Red Bean ($12), Injeolmi ($13), DaBang Coffee ($16), Peach ($15), Mango ($15), Melon ($18), Watermelon ($15) and Papaya ($15).
The Green Tea Bingsu ($14) came with a scoop of ice cream decorated as a monkey (or bear?), with red bean and random ingredients of pepero, kit-kat and Hello Panda cookies. “Isn’t this Japanese?”
The shavings were fluffy, soft on the touch and sweetly-flavoured. But of course, Bingki imported some mighty bingsu machines from Korea, and the resulting texture won’t be as coarse.
Comparatively, some other bingsu cafes’ shavings are not as fine, but Bingki probably need to work on the ingredients that go into each bowl in its entirely.
The Mango Bingsu ($15) I had freshly sweet mangoes and was delicious-tasting. Still good on the second round, but some of my friends wondered about the high price tag for essentially a medium sized portion.
As far as it goes, Bingki Korean Desserts has a huge space and pleasant enough environment (depending on which seats you get – some are short, small ones).
Opened 24/7, Bingsu for dessert after a Korean feast sounds like a good idea.
Bingki Korean Desserts
Blk 7 Tanjong Pagar Plaza #01-106 Singapore 081007 (Tanjong Pagar MRT)
Tel: +65 6443 5435
Opening Hours: 11am – 2am (Mon – Thurs, Sun), 11am – 4am (Fri – Sat)