With only 4 ingredients, mango shaved ice (mango bingsu) is easily made at home with a blender. You can enjoy it simply as it is, or jazz it up with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream to replicate the expensive shaved ice desserts that are sold in Korea.

Homemade milky shaved ice (bingsu) is topped with fresh mango

Shaved ice desserts are very popular in many Asian countries in the summer. Icy cold shaved ice is piled up in a bowl, topped with fresh fruits and other toppings and drizzled with sweetened syrup or cream. It quenches your thirst and cools you down from the heat immediately.

Korea is no exception from the Asian love for shaved ice desserts. We call it “bingsu” (bing = ice, and su = water). You will find a variety types of bingsu available in many bakeries on the street during the summer.

The most classic one would be the patbingsu (milky ice with red beans), but strawberry bingsu and this mango bingsu are other types that you shouldn’t miss.

In fact, mango bingsu happens to be the most expensive one. It can run up to $50 per bowl if you get it in a 5-star hotel in Korea. Believe it or not, people are willing to pay that much to indulge in this delicious mango shaved ice.

I can’t imagine myself spending $$ for a bowl of shaved ice. So here is a recipe you can make at home at a fraction of the cost. Add you don’t even need an ice shaving machine. Use your blender!

Mine looks much humbler than the fancy-schmancy 5-star shaved ice, but it tastes as good as it can be.

Want a fancier mango shaved ice?

  • top with mango sherbet or vanilla ice cream
  • and/or whipped cream,
  • drizzle some mango puree, and
  • garnish with a tiny fresh mint leaves on top!

That will make your mango shaved ice looking like a million $$$$. But I prefer mine as simple as it can be – just shaved ice and fresh mango only. I don’t need another flavor distracting from the cool sweetness of the mango ice. For me, the less, the better.

Cool and refreshing shaved ice dessert is topped with mango pieces

What you’ll need for Mango Shaved Ice

Only 4 ingredients, plus a blender.

  • milk
  • water
  • sweet condensed milk
  • fresh mango
A carton of milk, sweet condensed milk and fresh mangoes are shown on the counter.

How to Cut Mangoes

  • Slice each side off of a mango avoiding the pit in the center. Score the mango with a paring knife without cutting through the skin, and then push the center up from the bottom.
  • Little cubes of mango will now be bulging out. Slice mango skin off from the bottom to release the fruits.

How to Make Homemade Mango Shaved Ice

  • Put the fruit from 1 mango in a blender with the milk, water, and sweetened condensed milk. Process until you get a puree.
  • Pour the mango puree into ice cube trays and freeze for at least 3 hours or overnight.
  • Drop the frozen mango puree cubes in a blender and pulse until you get a coarse crumbs. (Do not process too long, otherwise it will turn mushy)
  • Scoop the ice into serving bowls and top with fresh mango pieces. Drizzle a little more sweet condensed milk on top.

Serving Tips

It is a good idea to freeze your serving bowls prior to serving. It will keep the shaved ice cold longer. Serve your mango shaved ice immediately. If you desire, top with ice cream and/or whipped cream.

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Fresh mango pieces are topped over mango shaved ice
Homemade mango shaved ice (bingsu) is made in a blender and topped with fresh mango

Homemade Mango Shaved Ice (Mango Bingsu)

Make mango shaved ice easily at home with a blender. Enjoy it simply as it is, or jazz it up with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream to replicate the expensive shaved ice desserts that are sold in Korea.
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Ingredients

  • 3 mangoes, divided
  • 1 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 1/4 cup water
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweet condensed milk, divided
  • vanilla ice cream or whipped cream, optional

Equipment

Instructions 

  • Cut the fruit off from 1 mango and put it in a blender with the milk, water, sweetened condensed milk. Process until you get a puree. Pour the mango puree into ice cube trays and freeze for at least 3 hours or overnight.
  • Drop the frozen mango puree cubes in a blender and pulse until you get a coarse crumbs. (Do not process too long, otherwise it will turn mushy)
  • Scoop the ice into serving bowls and top with the remaining mango fruit pieces. Drizzle a little more sweet condensed milk on top.
  • It is a good idea to freeze your serving bowls prior to serving. It will keep the shaved ice cold longer. Serve your mango shaved ice immediately. If you desire, top with ice cream and/or whipped cream.
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