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Patbingsu is Korean shaved milk ice topped with sweet red beans

Homemade Patbingsu (Korean Shaved Milky Ice)

Holly Ford
You can make classic Korean shaved ice (patbingsu) easily at home. My recipe combines milky shaved ice with red beans, rice cakes and a drizzle of sweet condensed milk for an authentic and delicious Korean dessert. No shaving machine required; step by step instructions included
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Prep Time 10 mins
Feezing time 3 hrs
Course Dessert
Cuisine Korean
Servings 4


  • 3 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup heavy or light cream. optional
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1 (18 oz) can sweetened red beans
  • 1/2 cup chopped sweet rice cakes optional
  • 4-6 tbsp sweet condensed milk


  • In a bowl whisk together milk, cream (if using) and sugar until the sugar dissolves. Pour into a gallon size zip bag and lay flat in the freezer. Freeze it for at least 3 hrs.
  • Take the bag out of freezer and thaw in on the counter for 5-10 minutes. Using a rolling pin, pound the bag to break up the solid milk into large chunks flipping the bag back and forth. When you see the milk broken into large slush chunks, stop the pounding.
  • Scoop the milk chunks into the individual serving bowls and top with red beans, about 3-4 tablespoonfuls per serving, and rice cakes if using. Drizzle with sweet condensed milk, about 1-2 tablespoon each. Serve immediately.


To keep the dessert cold, keep the serving bowls in the freezer along with the milk. Make sure your bowls are freezer safe.
If you are not a fan of sweet red bean, try with sweetened berry, peach, or mango.
Keyword bingsu, canned red bean, canned sweetened red beans, Korean shaved ice, milk, patbingsu, red bean, rice cake, shaved ice, shaved milky ice, summer, sweet condensed milk
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