Recently, Korean dessert is all the hype in Singapore, with new Korean dessert cafes popping up every other month. And the highlight of these Korean desserts is the Bingsu, a traditional Korean dessert that consists of shaved ice with sweet toppings, slightly similar to Singapore’s ice kachang. We explored many of these new cafes, and have compiled a list of our four favourite Korean dessert cafes in Singapore (arranged in no particular order) below. If you are a foodie, I’m sure you will love these sinfully sweet Korean desserts too. Enjoy the article and start planning your trips to check out these delicious bingsu-s!
1. O’ma Spoon
O’ma Spoon is conveniently located at Marina Square, and a second branch has just opened at 313@Somerset this month. We ordered the Fresh Strawberry Bingsu ($18.90), which consisted of copious amounts of strawberries, almond slices, a tantalizing scoop of vanilla ice-cream, and two strawberry “Pocky” sticks perched on top of a pile of pristine white “snowflakes” ice-shavings. The portion was huge and even though it states the serving is for two, we felt that O’ma Spoon’s bingsu can actually serve up to four people if you have a smaller appetite. The strawberry bingsu tasted every bit as good as it looked, and we finished it in a matter of minutes. O’ma Spoon also offers a single-person portion “Petit Bingsu” at $5.50, with a choice of Pat (Red Bean), Injeolmi, Oreo or Mango flavour. You would kick yourself for not checking out O’ma Spoon Korean dessert cafe if you’re in town!
O’ma Spoon (Marina Square)
Address: 6 Raffles Boulevard #04-102 Marina Square, Singapore 039594
Phone Number: +65 63330995
Opening Hours: Daily 11.30am to 10pm
O’ma Spoon (313 @ Somerset)
Address: 313 Orchard Road #04-20/32 Singapore 238895 (Somerset MRT)
Phone Number: +65 63330997
Opening Hours: | Mon to Thur: 11.30am to 10pm | Fri & Sat: 11.30am to 12am | Sun: 11.30am to 10pm |
2. Nunsaram Korean Dessert Cafe
Nunsaram Korean Dessert Cafe is brought to you by the same folks who run K Cook, the Korean BBQ joint which offers sumptuous Korean BBQ buffet at a super affordable price. Both Nunsaram and K Cook are located conveniently at Orchard Central. We enjoyed the Strawberry Bingsu ($13.90). The impression was one of delicate balance, with the sweet flavours of the vanilla ice-cream and sweetened milk combining nicely with the piquant flavour of the strawberries to produce a harmonious blend of sweet and sour. Nunsaram is the perfect place to complete your Korean cuisine experience after indulging in Korean BBQ at K Cook! : ) Read our full review here.
Nunsaram Korean Dessert Cafe (Orchard Central)
Address: 181 Orchard Road #05-51/52 , Orchard Central, Singapore 238896
Opening Hours: Daily 11am to 10pm
Nunsaram Korean Dessert Cafe (Westgate)
Address: 3 Gateway Drive #04-37 Singapore 608532
Nunsongyee is located at a relatively obscure part of Singapore (45 Burghley Drive inside Serangoon Gardens) but the super delicious Bingsu they offer definitely made our trip here worth it! The Injeolmi Bingsu ($14.90) had us swooning from the first bite. It simply tasted heavenly – this was like muah chee on steroids! We were enamoured with the luxurious smoothness of the fluffy ‘snowflakes’ shaved ice. The texture was so smooth that it almost seemed to slip down our throats! The ice-shavings, injeolmi (Korean Rice Cake), injeolmi powder (peanut powder), and sweetened milk turned into a pleasant mush in my mouth as I chewed, leaving me craving for more. Nunsongyee is truly a hidden gem in Serangoon, and we certainly did not regret travelling to this ulu place.
Directions for how to go Nunsongyee @ Burghley
From Serangoon Bus Interchange (beside Nex and Serangoon MRT station), take bus 317. The bus will go past Chomp Chomp Food Centre and the sprawl of bistros in Serangoon Gardens, before turning into Chartwell Drive. The bus will go past three bus stops along Chartwell Drive and then turn right into Burghley Drive. The café is located at the second bus stop along Burghley Drive. The bus journey will take about 30 minutes during non-peak hours.
*update Jun 2016: Nunsongyee has opened two more branches at Bugis and Tanjong Katong!
Nunsongyee @ Burghley
Address: Burghley Lifestyle Hub, 45 Burghley Drive #01-04, Singapore 559022
Nunsongyee @ Bugis
Address: 534 North Bridge Road, Singapore 188749
Nunsongyee @ Tanjong Katong
Address: 232 Tanjong Katong Road, Singapore 437020
Nunsongyee @ Chun Tin
Address: 9 Yuk Tong Ave, Singapore 596314
Phone Number: +65 63330995
Opening Hours: | Mon: Closed | Tue to Thu: 12pm to 10pm | Fri: 12pm to 11pm | Sat: 10am to 11pm | Sun 10am to 10pm |
4. Banana Tree Singapore
Banana Tree is a Korean cafe sensation that has finally made its way to the sandy shores of Singapore! The café is famous for its Flower Paap dessert, but we decided to give its Pot Bingsu ($12.50) a try as well. There is only one red bean flavour. When the bingsu arrived, our jaws literally dropped. It was HUGE! It came in a large pot of ice-shavings covered with Azuki red beans, injeolmi, injeolmi powder, a generous scoop of Haagen Daz ice cream, and a fake sunflower. For serving, there are two wooden spoons along with a giant-sized wooden fork/pitch-fork to stir the bingsu. Banana Tree Singapore sure knows how to make a first impression! The ice-shavings had a pleasantly smooth texture and went nicely with the sweet ice cream and red beans. Our only qualm was that the portion was a little too large and the two of us had difficulty finishing it. It would be just nice for four persons though (yes seriously it’s that huge). Banana Tree Singapore’s Flower Paap Espresso ($6.50) was a much more petite offering. It came in a small pot with pretty flowers perched in creamy pudding covered with a liberal pile of espresso “soil”. We loved the unique presentation! The dessert had a hint of bitterness to it from the Espresso powder, and overall it was a pleasant treat.
Banana Tree Singapore
Address: 26 Keong Saik Road Singapore 089133
Phone Number: +65 62215020
Opening Hours: | Mon: Closed | Tue to Sat: 11am to 9pm | Sun: 12pm to 7pm |