Start your week sweet in Korea with Sulbing.
Many of you know how much I have been raving about desserts. Well, I finally found the place that has combined all of my favorite things into ONE bowl. Drum roll please! S-U-L-B-I-N-G! The main ingredient they use is injeolmi which is a Korean traditional rice cake made from glutinous rice and coated with bean flour that tastes sweet with a nutty flavor. If you like peanut butter, it is similar in taste. This main ingredient is the main topping of their bingsu. Bingsu is the shaved ice with all sorts of toppings. But, at Sulbing, you will only find the shaved ice with injeolmi and the bean flour covered on top. Here is the other main point that you need to know. The shaved ice is not just frozen water, it is actually frozen milk that is shaved for a more sweet taste that gives its own flavor. After eating through this bingsu, you might find it getting a bit boring. That is when you pour the shot of sweetened milk they provide for you on the side. Add that in for a milkier and softer taste. When I first tasted the sweetened milk before pouring it in, I thought it would be very sweet if I poured it in. To my surprise, it actually fit in just perfectly with the whole dessert. I don’t know how much more I can emphasize the fact that it was delicious. On their menu, this is called, “Injeolmi Sulbing.” Along with this, they have quite a selection of types of bingsu or a better word for is sulbing.
Sulbing actually means shaved ice. The caf?’s name depicts exactly what their specialties are. I haven’t tried everything on their sulbing menu but I am looking forward to my next visit to try something else. Looking around at other customers, there was a variety of sulbing they had ordered. There wasn’t one specific type of sulbing that seemed to be popular. There seemed to be something that fit everyone’s taste buds in different ways.
Is it too cold for shaved ice in the winter? Well, go for the dessert porridge menu. The pig that I am, I also ordered their red bean porridge and it actually gave me that just right sweetness along with the original taste of the bean itself. It is cooked just right so that the bean is still chewable, not too soggy but not too raw.
A dessert is never complete without a beverage to go along with it. They have your basic coffee menu, but since it is a Korean dessert caf?, they have added a tea menu. My favorite was the lemon honey tea. At first, the tea tasted like citron tea but as I started to drink it more, I was wrong. As soon as I took the second sip, when the liquid first hits my tongue, it gives the citrus taste of lemon. Then, when I swallow, it finishes off with the sweet honey taste. On my way to work, I have been stopping by to pick up a cup of lemon honey tea to fight through this cold weather.
If you want more information, check out their site to see if there is a caf? near you (www.sulbing.com). Once you have tried it, let me know what you think! I know that not everyone agrees with what I think is good, but still, it’s good to have a variety of opinions. Let those comments roll in!