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.