Café Seolhwa’s Bingsu: Not Your Ordinary Ice-cold Treat

Since the Philippines is a tropical country, Filipinos often feel hot and sweaty because of the 30°C weather they experience every single day. To get rid of that icky feeling, one should indulge into eating a sweet ice-cold treat. I suggest you to try Café Seolhwa’s Bingsu!

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Café Seolhwa’s branch at The Forum, BGC

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Café Seolhwa

First of all, Café Seolhwa is a Korean Dessert Café. The word “Seolhwa” means, “milk snow” in Korean. The dessert café’s name perfectly describes their specialty Bingsu. Bingsu is like the “Korean Halo-Halo”. It is a creamy shaved ice dessert usually topped with fruits, chocolate, nuts and many more. Once I tried this dessert, I cannot stop craving for it. And I assure you that it will also suit your taste buds!

Café Seolhwa branch we often visit is located at 2/F, The Forum, BGC, Taguig. They also have other branches located at the lower ground, Century City Mall, Makati and at 2/F, The Noah’s Place, BF Homes, Parañaque.

green tea bingsuGreen Tea Bingsu is made up of mainly green tea-flavored shaved ice, topped off with sweet red bean, rice cake and nuts.

Price: Php 210 (single) Php 290 (large)

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Green Tea Bingsu

My first encounter with Bingsu was on the 31st of July 2015, it was at that time when I ordered the Green Tea Bingsu. I ordered this because I saw the photo of the product on a poster and anything green tea flavored attracts my eye. I received my order after 10 minutes of waiting. As I dig in, the first thing I noticed was the refined green tea flavored ice. That is the reason why it lives up to its name. Other than the green tea flavored ice, there are also sweet red bean, rice cake and nuts. The sweet red bean looks intimidating at first, but once you try it you’ll realize that it goes well with the other flavors. If you are a fan of green tea and nuts, this treat is for you. This is because when you are halfway done, you will see more nuts.

This Bingsu costs Php 210 for a small size, that is good for one person. When you bring a friend along you can order a bigger size, which costs Php 290, that is good for two to three people.

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Mango Cheese Bingsu is made up of mainly vanila-flavored shaved ice, topped off with cheesecake and mango cubes, nuts, vanila ice cream and mango syrup

Price: Php 240 (single) Php 340 (large)

Photo by Bea Sison

 Mango Cheese Bingsu

On my next visit to Café Seolhwa, I tried the Mango Cheese Bingsu. The poster about this flavor attracted my eyes so much that I didn’t hesitate to look at the other choices on the menu. Like my first experience, it took about 10 minutes before my order arrived. I was overwhelmed with the size of the dessert. It clearly lived up to my expectation because it looks exactly like the poster.

As soon as I took the first bite, my eyes began to lighten up. The combination of  vanila-flavored shaved ice, topped off with cheesecake and mango cubes, nuts, vanila ice cream and mango syrup makes the ideal treat. You get a taste of ice cream, fruit, shaved ice and cake, all in one dessert! But I must remind you that you should be careful in eating this wonderful treat, since the Bingsu is overflowing with toppings and you wouldn’t want to waste any toppings. When you’re halfway done, you’ll get to see more pieces of mango and cheesecake.

This Bingsu costs Php 210 for a small size, that is good for one person. When you bring a friend along you can order a bigger size, which costs Php 290, that is good for two to three people.

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Inside the Café Seolhwa branch at The Forum, BGC 

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Place, Ambiance and Staff 

The Bingsu of Café Seolhwa is not the only reason why you would go back there, but also the place, ambiance and staff. As soon as you enter the store, you are immediately greeted with a smile by the staff. You’ll also notice that the place is spacious enough to cater families and groups of friends. As you wait for your order, you can enjoy the sound of K-pop, as well as browse the web. Since this place offers wi-fi, you can already accomplish your school and office works, while enjoying the ice-cold treat. Café Seolhwa is definitely a barkada’s favorite dessert and hangout place.

 

References:

Cafe Seolhwa Bingsu Korean Desserts in Forum BGC. (2015). Retrieved from http://www.talesfromthetummy.com/cafe-seolhwa-bingsu-korean-desserts-in-forum-bgc/

Cafe Seolhwa, Metro Manila. Retrieved from https://www.zomato.com/manila/restaurants/cafe-seolhwa

Villanueva, B. (2015). No Additives and Preservatives: You’ll Say Saranghae to Cafe Seol Hwa bingsu. Retrieved from http://www.forurbanwomen.com/2015/06/no-additives-and-preservatives-youll.html

Bea Katrina Sison 11-G

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