Pasta

Let's learn to make the Korean snack/dessert Patbingsu! Ok, so no, one of my hobbies is not spending hours in the kitchen creating dishes found in cookbooks. I much prefer to Google interesting foods I've heard about and try them out. Luckily enough I live in NYC, so it's not hard to find and try some of the exotic treats I learn about online. You know as well as I do that K-dramas are just filled with yummy looking foods you'll knock over your grandma to try out, but not all of us live in areas where those foods are available. So I thought it would be fun to introduce some interesting dishes and their recipes, so we could all possibly attempt to make them ourselves at home o_0. Ok, I dunno how well this is all going to work out but it should be um fun! Right?! The first food that came to mind because it's freakin' hot out, is Patbingsu.

patbingsu

Patbingsu is basically a sweet red bean and shaved ice treat that I think was eaten in Haeundae Lovers, or some other summer drama I watched. It's supposed to be a very refreshing and sweet treat that you can modify with toppings of your choice. After googling for awhile I learned there are many different ingredients you can put into this dish, so I went with a simple recipe involving simple easy to find ingredients. Here's what you'll need: Shaved ice, Red beans, vanilla, sugar, salt, sweetened condensed milk, rice cakes (optional), and fruit of your choice. Step one - Rinse 1 cup of red beans and place them in a pot with 4 cups of water and boil until soft.

Beans

Step two - When the beans are soft and easily smushable drain all the water and add 1 teaspoon vanilla, 1 cup of sugar and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Mix everything together.

stirred beans

Step Three- Place the beans back into the pot and stir them over low heat for 5 minutes. Once the 5 minutes are up let them cool down.

beans heat

Step four- In a bowl or super pretty cup because looks matter, fill it with 1/2 cup of the beans, then add 1 and 1/2 cups of shaved ice on top of the beans. Step five - Add your fruit toppings like strawberry, banana, and kiwi on top of the ice, and pour 2 tablespoons of the sweetened condensed milk over it.

fruit

Step Six- You can add a few rice cakes to the top if you want. If not snap a photo of your creation and eat!

fruit2

If you're brave enough to attempt this recipe send me your photos and taste review to KJohnson@dramafever.com or tweet it to me @K_Kisses_KrisE I'll include your photos and reviews in a follow up article! KrisE! ( Recipe and photos via maangchi.com )