Nun Song Yee offers a whole range of Pat Bing Su, which are Korean shaved ice desserts. Other than the cold desserts, they also offer some toasts and rice cakes with interesting flavours such as Injeolmi and honey butter.
534 North Bridge Road, Singapore 188749
232 Tanjong Katong Road, Singapore 437020
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Where I decided Bingsu was not my thing
NunSongYee was my first forray into the world of korean bingsu, and I heard that it was the most established brand in Singapore. Their most iconic bingsu is the Choco-Banana, which is all over instagram, but we went for the Oreo Bingsu because my friend was craving Oreos.
My first lesson of the day was that Oreo crumbs do not absorb milk. The bingsu looks like a beautiful flower pot, with an Oreo on top. The crumbs may look like soil, but they don’t absorb anything. To my horror a quarter of precious milk sauce rolled right off the bingsu and onto the tray.
The rest of the bingsu was uneventful, maybe too much so. I was glad I was sharing it with someone because the bowl was huge and just oreo and ice gets boring real fast. Maybe i’m too traditional, but I prefer the good ol’ chendol and ice kachang.
Light and delectable milk shavings!
In recent years, all things Korean has gotten a big boost of popularity thanks to K-dramas and K-pop. Enter Nun Song Yee. Being one of the pioneers in Singapore catering to our desire to try the ice-kachang lookalike (aka Pat Bing Su) often featured in dramas and MVs, Nun Song yee has risen to become one of the top contenders in the field.
After school one day, I dropped in at the branch at Marine Parade and ordered a Choco-banana Bingsu ($13.90) and an Injeolmi Bingsu ($14.90) to share with my friends. The Injeolmi Bingsu was amazing! The subtle sweetness of the soybean powder paired perfectly with the natural sweetness of the milk shavings, and between the milk shavings hid another thin layer of soybean powder. Unfortunately, the other option was nothing to rave about. The chocolate powder was barely sweet, and the banana tasted unripe. For $13.90, I felt that it was a total rip off. The one saving grace of the dessert was the scoop of vanilla ice cream perched delicately atop the mound of shaved ice; but that,too,tasted only average. Compared to the Choco-banana one, the Injeolmi Bingsu enabled the soft snowflake-like nature of the milk shavings to be better appreciated.
Although the price is steep, if you are desperately craving for Pat Bing Su or would just like to try it for the experience, I recommend that you invest in trying Nun Song Yee’s Injeolmi Bingsu.