The truth is that I wasn't thinking at all.
We ate Chinese-Korean for dinner on Saturday night. (More on that another day.) We saved room for frozen yogurt, but when we walked outside, we knew it was too cold. So we headed to Bon Appetit Bakery on Rte 40 for something that wasn't ice cream.
Somehow, I ended up with a bowl of ice.
We grabbed a bag of cookies to take home. For dessert on the spot, we looked at all the cakes. Then I got overly excited and remembered that Bon Appetit serves bingsoo. Bingsoo is a Korean dessert made with shaved ice, milk, and fruit. I ordered my first red bean bingsoo without really thinking, and we ended up at a table waiting for our dessert.
I got a bowl of ice bigger than the dinner that I had just eaten. The young woman delivered it with two spoons and a quizzical look. She poured a little chocolate sauce. When we started to spoon up raw ice with chocolate powder, she suggested that everything be mixed together. (Duh!!) You mix from the botton, and up comes mochi, red beans, a syrup, fruit, ice and milk.
Within minutes, I had basically a sweet soup. The flavor was sweet like chocolate. The texture was a big more exotic. It's actually red beans, ice, mochi and canned fruit. Nothing weird, but not exactly a banana split. You get the chocolate flavor with the chewy mochi and shaved ice. Canned fruit isn't my favorite, but it worked. One bingsoo would serve two or three people.
Within minutes, it had me shivering in my chair. Bon Appetit sells beautiful cakes, and the room filled with people eating cake and drinking hot coffee. Coffee because it was a late February night. Everyone in the room had a cup of coffee. I was spooning ice into my mouth.
About this point, we started to laugh. We imagined the young woman wondering why we'd ordered bingsoo in the cold and why we didn't know to mix it up. We imagined these guys sipping coffee wondering why I was eating a summer dessert. It seemed rude to leave a half-full dessert, so I kept eating. We kept giggling. It was only afterwards that I checked Wikipedia:
Patbingsu or patbingsoo (팥빙수) is a very popular snack/dessert in South Korea, especially during the sweltering and humid summer season."Sweltering and humid summer season." Read that again? Put Bon Appetit on your summer calendar to try your own bingsoo.