Shaved ice desserts can be the relief for any hot day. Discover the many varieties that KL cafés have to offer – there are your typical green tea, red bean and injeolmi flavours, but also more creative (and sometimes bizarre) creations ranging from mango cheese and cotton candy to even durian. Go on; dig in to cool down.
Namoo On The Park is no stranger to weird combinations when it comes to desserts (like their sweet potato and tofu pumpkin cake). Their Salt Ice Cream Caramel Popcorn bingsu may sound a bit much, but it’s actually a pretty decent dessert. You’ll find salty popcorn and caramel ribbons within the ice shavings and scoops of salted caramel ice cream on top – the sweet and salty flavours pair perfectly without overpowering each other. If you’re looking for something more traditional, go for the red bean or roast bean flavour.
The menu at Bingsu Café contains fried chicken, waffles, toasts and, of course, bingsu. Choose from their selection of Black Sesame, Strawberry, Affogato, Yoghurt Berry, Blueberry Cheese as well as their star options, Durian and Mango. A new addition to their menu is the Coconut bingsu – using a fruit that’s rarely associated with the dessert. The coconut shavings, jelly and ice cream transform what is typically a heavy and creamy dessert into a light and refreshing one – perfect for our tropical weather.
After munching on their signature Korean fried chicken, dig into one of their bingsu. DOMA’s bingsu base isn’t the typical shaved ice; instead, it’s made up of shaved frozen milk, which gives it a creamier texture. A crowd favourite is their Oreo bingsu – it looks like a little mountain of crushed Oreos, but what’s hiding underneath the dark layer of crushed cookies is a satisfying combination of ice cream, frozen milk shavings and even more Oreo pieces.
The Japanese equivalent to Korean bingsu, Kakigōri’s shaved ice dessert is a tall mound of ice drizzled with syrup and purées. Using only natural ingredients as well as imported matcha from Kyoto, they serve traditional Japanese flavours such as Uji Matcha, Japanese Pumpkin and Hojicha kakigōri. If you’re in the mood for fancy flavours, try their avocado with pistachio nuts or guava with jelly and plum salt kakigōri. To increase the sweetness, add the house-made warabimochi and kinako milk to your dessert.
Located in SS15, Ow:l Espresso’s crowd is predominantly college students looking for a little study break. The bingsu here became an Instagram sensation when people flocked to try their Bubu and Panda bingsu – icy treats that are topped with cute characters formed out of cotton candy. If a big cotton candy ball isn’t what you want, get their signature Matcha Green Tea or Mango Cheese, or the best-selling Brownie bingsu – made with chocolate milk shavings, brownie bits and chocolate ice cream, this bingsu is a chocoholic’s dream come true.
Villa Ju Bakery
Korean chatter fi lls the air at Villa Ju Bakery, a cosy two-storey bakery in Mont Kiara. Choose a bingsu with the regular shaved ice, or opt for the premium milk bingsu for a richer taste. There are over ten choices, all topped with various fruits, brownie bits, bitesized cheesecake cubes and more. Villa Ju is one of the few places where you can pick the size of your bingsu – the smallest ‘Friend’ is good enough for two, while the largest ‘Party’ size is great for a group of four.
At MyKōri you’ll find an array of Japanese desserts; think sweet and savoury taiyaki, Shibuya toast, as well as kakigōri. Their kakigōri flavours include Mango Yoghurt, Uji Matcha Adzuki, Strawberry Cheesecake and Melon. The Strawberry Cheesecake kakigōri is doused with thick sweet syrup, which goes very well with the shaved ice – the combination isn’t as sweet as you’d think. The chunks of cheesecake give the dessert a creamier texture, while the cake’s crust adds a little crunch.