Have you ever heard of bingsu? Bingsu is a Korean traditional dessert made with milk-based shaved ice, then drizzled with fruity syrups or condensed milk before being crowned with various toppings like strawberries, mochi and oreos. It is neither light nor heavy, sweet yet not too sweet, and is overall a refreshing way to cleanse the palate after a meal. Now, this delicious treat is available at the Jejubing Dessert Cafe here on Oahu, in the Ala Moana Shopping Center! Jejubing’s customer favorite is their Injeolmi Bingsu. This flavor of bingsu is topped and layered with injeolmi—a Korean bean powder that has a sweet, nutty flavor—along with sliced almonds, azuki beans, and mochi. Jejubing also features fruity flavors: strawberry, mango, and watermelon, among many more. Jejubing’s desserts include a wide variety of Korean and American dessert flavors like green tea, black sesame, and tiramisu, sometimes offering special flavors such as taro and pineapple.
No matter what flavor suits your fancy, you will be satisfied. The bingsu ice alone is not your typical shaved ice; it has a sweet milk flavor and soft texture that melts in your mouth, a sensation that some describe as snow. But the best part is the abundant toppings. The fruity options are generously covered with fresh fruit and whipped cream, the Oreo Bingsu is covered top to bottom with Oreo cookies, and the tiramisu even features a whole cake on top.. All the different flavors pair nicely with azuki beans and mochi as per Korean tradition. There is no shortage of flavor while pulling down the tower of snow, with each delicious layer adding a sweet surprise!
Jejubing’s bingsu comes in two different sizes: regular and large. The regular size costs a little less than $10, but don’t be fooled—their “regular” portion is enough to fill two people’s stomachs. In addition, you can order an extra cup of any topping for only 50 cents!
Not only does Jejubing serve bingsu, they also offer toast with toppings and smoothies. Like the bingsu, the most popular flavor of toast is the injeolmi. The Injeolmi Toast is melted mochi, sandwiched between two slices of bread and drizzled with honey. Also like the bingsu, the injeolmi flavor is topped with azuki beans, bean powder, and sliced almonds. Including injeolmi, there are four different flavors of toast: chocolate, green tea, and black sesame. The cafe’s smoothies also come in a variety of unique flavors, some being, mango, green tea, and black sesame, which are sold in 16oz (2 cups) portions for less than $5!
The Jejubing Dessert Cafe is located on the ground floor on the makai side of Ala Moana shopping center, very close to the food court. If you go, there are certain COVID precautions the restaurant has, including a customer sign-in with name and address for dine-in seating, which provides for easy contact tracing. The cafe is open for business all week after noon; however, it is a popular hang-out location, especially on the weekends, so you may have to wait 10-15 minutes to dine-in. The cafe’s style is minimalist, and cute. It’s very spacious and the interior is clean and bright, with tables marked off so that diners are safely distanced to enjoy delicious bingsu treats. The food comes out almost immediately after ordering and you are allowed an hour to enjoy your food and talk with friends. For convenience there is also an option for takeout which can take less than 10 minutes!
The Jejubing cafe is perfect for anyone with a sweet tooth. With their excellent food and their accessible location, it’s worth stopping by while shopping on the weekend. And don’t forget to bring a friend to share with!