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Patbingsu – a fruitylicious dessert



One thing I like to do after scarfing down salty food somewhere on Buford Highway is to pop into White Windmill Bakery and Cafe and purchase a refreshing, fruity dish of patbingsu ($6.99).

Pronounced “paht-beeng-soo,” the Korean-influenced dessert is also referred to as red bean sherbet. First-timers could be intimidated by its sheer size, but that’s why sharing it with a small group makes the whole experience fun. Don’t be shy, grab a handful of spoons and dig in.

You can’t really tell from the picture, but a soft mound of shaved ice sits behind all that fruit. It is then covered with Corn Flakes cereal, red beans, a selection of tropical fruit, a scoop of vanilla ice cream, and then finished with a drizzling of sweet condensed milk and fruit syrup. The ingredients all work well together even though the description makes the dessert sound like a dorm room experience gone wrong

For more patbinsu reading, blog Seoul Eats recently published an interesting post about the dessert’s origin suggesting its roots may be Chinese or Malaysian. I also previously posted about a similar version I had at Tempo Doeloe, an Buford Highway Indonesian restaurant.

White Windmill Bakery and Cafe, 5881 Buford Highway, Doraville. 678-887-5200.

- by Gene Lee, Food and More blog

– Gene Lee writes about International Cuisine for the AJC Dining Team. He also publishes his own blog, Eat, Drink, Man… A Food Journal.

7 comments Add your comment


May 31st, 2011
12:16 pm

No room for ANYTHING after my pho….

Benita Wheeler

May 31st, 2011
2:10 pm

That look so great, it looks a great moment. It would be worth the extra work out.


May 31st, 2011
8:18 pm

The icy fruit/sweet milk desserts at Cafe 101 were always great, as were those at Pho #1. I’ll be sure to stop by White Windmill next time I’m out there enjoying Man Chun Hong, too.


May 31st, 2011
8:57 pm

Asian bakeries use less sugar. The desserts in general taste less sweet. This is not meant as a criticism but an observation that may benefit diabetics who are looking for a desert without excess sugar and individuals who aren’t into sugar highs for their young ones.

mikey d

June 1st, 2011
7:25 am

the wind mill bakery and the ice place in front of H-mart on plesant hill road really makes good shaved ice desserts

local gal

June 1st, 2011
8:40 am

I rarely see anyone sharing this dessert because it is SOOOO delicious! Their cakes are fantastic, too – light, airy, and just as kmb says above, not too sweet. White Windmill does it right!


June 1st, 2011
9:49 am

Hand me a spoon, this dessert sounds and looks yummy!