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Digest 9 Crushed Ice Desserts From Around The World: Bingsu, Halo-halo, And More

9 Crushed Ice Desserts From Around The World: Bingsu, Halo-halo, And More

The Philippines' Halo-halo | Photo: Chawjcreations
The Philippines' Halo-halo | Photo: Chawjcreations
By Jove Moya
By Jove Moya
April 06, 2021
Let these mouth-watering treats from around the globe keep you from feeling hot and sweaty.

When you find yourself growing grim about the mouth, icy cold sweets can do wonders for your mood. In this article, we have put together some of the frozen treats you must check out next time you hop on a plane and try different cuisines around the world. 

1/9 Philippines

The Philippines' Halo-halo | Photo: Milky Way Café
The Philippines' Halo-halo | Photo: Milky Way Café

If you are lost in the busy streets of Manila during summer, do yourself a favour and check out food stalls or restaurants that offer mouth-watering Halo-halo.

The iced dessert Halo-halo, which roughly translates to “mix-mix,” is often made up of several ingredients such as evaporated milk, coconut strips, purple yam, caramel custard, and ice cream.

Halo-halo’s ingredients may also vary. In some servings, the dessert would come with gulaman or dried agar and tapioca pearls. No matter what the version is, Filipinos know that there is only one way to consume this summer favourite—by mixing it. 

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2/9 South Korea

South Korea's Bingsu  | Photo: Urbanwire
South Korea's Bingsu | Photo: Urbanwire

It may seem odd, but the best dessert you could have after feasting on samgyeopsal would probably be Patbingsu or Bingsu.

Popular in South Korea as a summer snack, Bingsu is made up of milk, sweet red beans, cereal, and fruits on top of shaved ice. Some versions of the dessert may include condensed milk or sweet fruits syrup.

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3/9 Japan

Japanese Kakigori  | Photo: Nippon
Japanese Kakigori | Photo: Nippon

Japan has always been known for its famous sushi, shabu-shabu, tempura, and yakitori; but people do not often speak of the sweet Kakigōri.

Made up of flavoured syrup and shaved ice, the Kakigōri can either be bought in food stalls across Japan or be made in the comfort of your home.

The popular flavours of this dessert include cherry, lemon, green tea, melon, strawberry, and sweet plum. Some stores may opt to serve Kakigōri in one of these flavours or mix everything in one bowl.

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4/9 Malaysia

Malaysia's Ais Kacang  | Photo: iStock
Malaysia's Ais Kacang | Photo: iStock

The Ais Kacang or “bean ice” is a dessert popularly known in Malaysia. The icy cold refreshment soothes with its sweet-tasting shaved ice, sweet corn, grass jelly, and red beans.

Ais Kacang is often served in bright colours. Modern versions of the dish include attap chee (palm nuts), ice cream, and raisins in the ingredients.

5/9 Taiwan

Taiwan's Baobing | Photo: Flickr
Taiwan's Baobing | Photo: Flickr

Baobing is a Taiwanese dessert made up of finely shaved ice and fresh fruits such as mangoes, rambutans, and strawberries. This refreshment is also popular in China and Vietnam during summer.

The history of Baobing can be traced back to more than 1000 years. During the Tang Dynasty, the treat was only consumed by aristocrats and state leaders. Today, it can be found in night markets and pancake stands across Taiwan.

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6/9 Thailand

Thailand's Nam Kang Sai  | Photo: Asian Inspirations
Thailand's Nam Kang Sai | Photo: Asian Inspirations

In Thailand where the temperature is usually hot, Nam Kang Sai is a treat locals love to put on their tables. The dessert is easy to make as it only requires grass jelly in syrup, shaved coconut, cubed bread, and milk.

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7/9 Mexico

Mexico's Raspado | Photo: Tales of Wander
Mexico's Raspado | Photo: Tales of Wander

Nothing else will soothe your throat like Raspado from Mexico. This crushed-ice dessert can be bought from street vendors across the country.

Traditionally, the Raspado is made up of scraped ice and syrup and served in a plastic cup with a straw or spoon.

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8/9 Puerto Rico

A vendor sells Piragua in Puerto Rico  | Photo: Globo Treks
A vendor sells Piragua in Puerto Rico | Photo: Globo Treks

Puerto Ricans often flock to different-coloured pushcarts that sell Piragua, a dessert made up of shaved ice and fruit-flavoured syrup.

The tropical syrup flavours may vary from apple and strawberry to passion fruit and lemon.

Fun fact: Vendors who sell Piragua are called Piragüeros. They only come out during summer when business is expected to bloom.

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9/9 Iran

Faloodeh  | Photo: Pinterest
Faloodeh | Photo: Pinterest

Iran’s version of ice cream comes in the form of Faloodeh, a frozen dessert made up of vermicelli rice noodles, rose water, lime juice, and cherry syrup.

Legend has it that the Faloodeh has been around since 400 BC. The food was allegedly invented by accident when grape juice was poured over-collected snow.

Faloodeh remains popular today and is served in coffee shops and ice cream parlours across Iran.

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