South Korea's pure ice treats

July 31, 2009 1:00:23 PM PDT
Asia has some truly unique cool treats, including patbingsu, which is South Korea's take on ice cream.Ethan's, a pan-Asian restaurant on DePaul's Lincoln Park campus keeps customers cool all summer long with pure ice.

The owner's Korean heritage seeps through the massive, creamy, icy desserts.

"Pat is a red bean and bingsu is frozen water," said Ethan Sim, owner of Ethan's.

Those two elements meld together rather well. They start by pouring milk into a glass bowl - either regular or soy - depending on your preference. Then freshly-shaved ice is mounded on top, followed by sweetened red beans that have been cooked down for hours, concentrating their flavor. Finally, some type of grain is added, either tiny rice cakes, or some grain powder.

"Basically it is a milk and a shaved ice. So, Koreans wanted to add a mineral. But it's a mixed grains powder, which is, they think it is more nutritious," Sim said.

Fresh fruit is generously mounded over the ice and milk - it could be strawberries, watermelon or blueberries - and finally, a scoop of ice cream. You could also opt for some sweet sauce on top, but the red beans and ice cream are really sweet enough. Either way, Sim says it's a summertime dessert with universal appeal.

"I think everyone will enjoy it. Because there is Italian ice. It is just an ice and a syrup," said Sim.

Unlike ice cream cones and paletas, the patbingsu is not a portable summertime dessert since crushed ice melts pretty quickly.

Ethan's Restaurant & Café (Patbingsu)
2201 N. Sheffield

773-244-9012

Isla Pilipina (Halo Halo)
2501 W. Lawrence Ave.

773-271-2988

islapilipina.com

Previously featured this month:

Andy's Frozen Custard
260 S. Weber Rd., Bolingbrook

630-378-9590

eatandys.com

Greg's Frozen Custard
1490 S. Lake St., Mundelein

847-837-4175

Scooter's Frozen Custard
1658 W. Belmont

773-244-6415

scootersfrozencustard.com

Paciugo (Gelato)
7510 W. Madison St., Forest Park

708-366-6080

paciugo.com

Freddy's Pizza (Gelato)
1600 S. 61st Ave., Cicero

708-863-9289

Paleteria La Monarca (Paletas)
6955 N. Clark Street

773-274-6394

Paleteria Poncho
2513 S. Pulaski

773-522-2289

Tropical Sno (Shave Ice)
8695 Archer Ave., Willow Springs

708-698-5222

Ice Cream Scoop Event

In honor of National Ice Cream month, the Atwood Café is celebrating with its 10th Annual Ice Cream Scoop Event.

Friday, July 31st from 12:00pm- 3:00pm on the State Street patio

$2 ice cream cones or cups. All of the proceeds will be donated to Lakeview Pantry, an organization that fights hunger throughout the Chicago area through food distribution and home delivery. Ice cream and sorbet donated by Ciao Bella Gelato.

Atwood Café
1 West Washington St., Chicago, IL 60602

312-368-1900

atwoodcafe.com


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