Saturday, May 9, 2015

Bingsu @ Damansara Uptown

This Malaysian family-run cafe could be one of the Klang Valley's coolest venues for 'bingsu' shaved ice desserts - KC, his wife Rachel & their sons first fell in love with bingsu while travelling in Seoul; they've since partnered with Korean collaborators this year to open Bingsu, which serves chilled desserts with a distinctive flair.

Bingsu raises the bar by sourcing top-flight ingredients for its bingsu, such as fresh Korean blueberries, heaped with cheesecake chunks for a true treat. Portions seem princely (two can share a bowl) & prices feel fair, ranging from RM12.90 for a basic 'injelomi' rice cake bingsu to RM16.90 for a Belgian chocolate bingsu & RM17.90 for this blueberry cheesecake bingsu.

We also love the tropical twist of the Durian Mango bingsu (RM18.90) - the sliced D24 durian & mango are sweet & juicy, though the shining star is the topping of luscious durian ice cream by an independent local producer. Bingsu's shaved ice is notably intriguing in texture - softer & smoother than the norm, snowy & milky. Flavours taste relatively natural & wholesome.

 We sampled a tasting of Bingsu's excellent ice cream & sorbets, made with real fruits & nuts. Flavours like soursop & lime prove punchy & potent, while the banana & cempedak both turn out lively & lovely. Pistachio is a vibrant triumph too, created with Italian imports. RM7.90 per full scoop, RM12.90 for two, RM17.90 for three. No artificial flavours, colours & preservatives.

 Bingsu concentrates on desserts, but there's nonetheless one interesting savoury item - a muffin-sized baked egg with a centre of spicy tuna, served with olive bread & rocket salad, ideal for a light lunch. All in all, we were pleasantly surprised by Bingsu's well-thought-out & well-executed efforts; many thanks to KC & Rachel for hosting us here.

Bingsu
28 Jalan SS 21/35, Damansara Utama, Petaling Jaya, Selangor. Open daily, noon through midnight. Tel: 03-7733-3086

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22 comments:

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    1. Cquek: glad you like it!

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  2. I love everything about this place, Sean! The sign, the menu, the ambiance, the presentations....wow!

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    1. Linda: there's a lot to like about this place! :)

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  3. What a coincidence! I also blogged on a Korean place today...well, Korean in some very small ways, I would say.

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    1. Suituapui: it's a korean kind of weekend :)

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  4. Loved all the ice-cream flavours, especially the durian mango bingsu despite not being a durian lover :D

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    1. Footfringe: i'd like to have a tub of the durian ice cream :D

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    1. Happy walker: definitely good ice cream :)

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  6. awesome shots... the icecream looks great.. now u make me wanna have this with my movie! hahaha

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    1. Ciki: thanks! heheh, i like to laze on the couch with a big bowl of ice cream while watching tv too! :D

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  7. they do have some interesting flavors for bingsu don't they?

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    1. Ken: yeah, there's something for everyone here :D

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    1. Th!rd N!pple: glad you like this!

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  9. I haven't tried any bingsu yet, hahaha.
    I think peanut butter flavor will be very nice. :P

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    1. CK: ooo, if you want to try bingsu, go to either Bingsu at Damansara Uptown or OWL Espresso at SS15 Subang ... those two are quite good ... heheh, not sure which ones will have peanut butter bingsu though :D

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  10. cheese cake on bingsu, double the pleasure, double the guiltiness :P

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    1. Choi Yen: heheh, i think these calories are worth it! :D

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  11. The shaved ice look smooth.
    I want cempedak flavor ice cream. hahaha

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    1. Melissa: ya, the ice is very, very, very smooth! :D haha, i usually don't eat cempedak as a fruit, but i enjoyed it as ice cream :D

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