Once upon a time (actually just early last year), Korean Bingsu descended in perpetually hot Singapore and the dessert-fever spread like wildfire.
It is estimated that there are more that 30 new Korean Bingsu cafes which opened in Singapore last year alone.
Many have bitten the dust. Common reasons – wrong choice of location, fierce competition, or just coarse shavings which paled in the light of shops which import quality ingredients and better machines.
The NEWer Bingsu shops that opened this year have to resort to ‘chut-more-pattern’, shaping their bingsu like cute cartoon characters, interesting flavours, or add dry ice for that Instagram effect.
Here are 10 NEW Korean Bingsu Shops In Singapore opened within this year. (Some, you really NEVER hear before.)
The Clementi Mall #04-33 Singapore 129588
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 9:30pm
This bingsu shop at Clementi Mall (Level 4, quite obscure) is just called… Bingsu.
Jumping on the Pokemon Go bandwagon, they have released a Poke Mango Bingsu ($8.90) shaped like Pikachu, and a Pokeball-inspired Bingsu Ball ($5.90) topped with strawberry crunch.
What you may not know: You can even request for their staff for “UNLIMITED” Lure Modules for the two Pokestops near their shop with purchase of any bingsu. IKR.
36 Lorong Mambong (Holland Village, Opposite Wala Wala), Singapore 277693
Tel: +65 6816 2996
Ajoomma may seem at odds alongside the pubs, bars and bistro at Holland Village. Their selection of Bingsu include Pat Bingsu ($12.90), Choco Banana ($14.90), Cheesecake ($14.90), Green Tea ($18.90), and Black Sesame ($18.90). The usual stuff.
The Mango Bingsu ($18.90) boosted fine shaved milk, and was soft and fluffy. However, some of the mango cubes were sour though.
Cathay Cineleisure Orchard, 8 Grange Road, #01-02, Singapore 239695
Opening Hours: 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm Daily
1460 Tteokbokki serves up Koreans street food items such as Tteokbokki rice cake sticks ($5), Potato Tornado ($3), Korean Fried Squid ($5), Slushie ($3).
The Rainbow Bingsu ($6) is affordably priced and coloured in shades of blue, violet and purple that it has been called the ”Galaxy Bingsu”. 1460 Tteokbokki (Orchard Cineleisure)
9 Yuk Tong Ave, Singapore 596314 (Beauty World MRT)
Tel: +65 9728 8563
Opening Hours: 24 Hours Everyday
There is no stopping for Korean dessert café Nunsongyee 눈송이, which has opened up yet another bingsu shop, this time at Bukit Timah.
Located at Yuk Tong Ave, a short distance walk from Beauty World MRT station (exit to Chun Tin Road), the cafe has a relatively large seating capacity.
The offerings are still similar from when it started, with varieties of Pat Bingsu, Oreo, Choco-Banana, Cheesecake, Injeolmi, Blueberry, Mixed Berries Black Sesame, Strawberry, Coffee, Snow White and the latest addition of Mango Bingsu. Price range from $12.90 to $18.90. Nunsongyee (Yuk Tong Ave)
Il-Sole Korean Desserts
Jurong Point Shopping Centre #03-54/55, 1 Jurong West Central 2, Singapore 658886 (Boon Lay MRT)
The Snow Ice variety range from the signature Red Bean with Milk ($12.50), Injeolmi ($12.50) to more fanciful Strawberry Cheese ($18.90), Mango Cheese ($18.90) and Grapes ($16.90). Quite expensive.
The Green Tea with toppings of Red Bean ($14.90) arrived with a small cup of sweetened milk to pour over.
My recommendation: Try before you pour, otherwise the whole combination may be overly sweet. Il-Sole Korean Desserts (Jurong Point)
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)
Bingki Korean Desserts offers bingsu and other sweet treats till late at Tanjong Pagar Plaza.
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.
Tried the newer Coconut Bingsu recently – good stuff, but small in portion. Bingki (Tanjong Pagar)
Soo Bing Bing
Westgate, 3 Gateway Drive #03-01, Singapore 608532 (Jurong East MRT)
Opening Hours: 5pm – 10pm (Sun-Thu), 1pm – 10.30pm (Fri-Sat)
Soo Bing Bing, now better known for their Raindrop Cakes, offers interesting bingsu flavours such as Matchaman, Thai Milk tea bingsu & melted marshmellow, and Milo & chocolate crumbs.
1 Pasir Ris Central St. 3, 02 – K5 WhiteSands, Pasir Ris, Singapore 518457
Opening Hours: 11am – 9:30pm
Bingsu served in takeaway cups. You can select your own toppings such as fruits and ice cream to create a personalised bingsu.
Otherwise, chose from their available flavours which include Mango Madness, Strawberry Cheesecake, Black Sesame, and Black Forest.
Far East Plaza, 14 Scotts Road #01-16E Singapore 228213
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
첫눈과 같은 부드러움. 우리의 처음 기억하니? Chot-Nun is located at Far East Plaza (where I used to get clothes long long ago), serving bingsu in a takeaway cup with a compartment for dry ice. #totallyinstagrammable
Expect interesting flavours such as durian and peanut butter.
Plaza Singapura #02-21, 68 Orchard Road Singapore 238839
Tel: +65 6238 8429
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Sun – Thurs), 11am – 11pm (Fri – Sat)
Seorae is a Korean charcoal BBQ franchise which signature is Korean galmaegisal, also known as pork skirt meat.
While the bingsu’s toppings and presentation were rather appealing, they should do something about the coarse ice. Seorae Singapore (Plaza Singapura)
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1460 Tteokbokki (Orchard Cineleisure)