Affordable bingsu around Singapore
There are two main camps when it comes to bingsu: those who can’t get enough, and those who think it’s just glorified ice kacang. Regardless of which side you’re on, you can still enjoy this Korean dessert without paying a hefty price. Here are 10 affordable bingsu places to satisfy your cravings at $10 or less!
1. One Ice Cafe
One Ice Cafe specialises in bingsu and offers a wide variety of flavours sans exorbitant prices. Their most basic Pat Bingsu ($7.80) comes with cornflakes, a dollop of sweet red bean, mochi pieces, and vanilla ice-cream. If you prefer green tea, their Matcha Bingsu ($8.80) is exactly the same, but with matcha ice-cream instead.
2. Insadong Korea Town
In Insadong Korea Town, you have to order and pay via one of their self-ordering kiosks before proceeding to a counter to collect your bingsu. Chocolate lovers should go for their Chocolate Banana ($10), which comes with chocolate ice-cream and slices of fresh banana. A more traditional take on bingsu would be their Red Bean ($10). This version has a generous serving of sweetened red bean, matcha ice-cream and a maraschino cherry to top it all off.
Address: 8 Sentosa Gateway, Insadong Korea Town, Singapore 098269
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 10pm (last order at 9:15pm)
Tel: 6238 8221
3. The Cup
The Cup is a Korean cafe known for packing their meals in cups that are great for takeaways. Though their bingsu desserts don’t come looking as fancy, don’t be too quick to underestimate how great they taste. They offer single servings of bingsu, from the more traditional Injeolmi Cup Dessert ($8), to a tropical Mango Cup Dessert ($7). If you’re craving something richer, their Cheese Cup Dessert ($8) comes with cubes of cheesecake and a drizzle of blueberry sauce on top.
Address: 1 Selegie Road, #01-05, PoMo, Singapore 188306
Opening hours: 10am to 10pm
Tel: 6837 0636
4. One Thing Coffee Kids Cafe
For a fun, child-friendly spot to get a bingsu fix, head down to One Thing Coffee Kids Cafe. This cafe not only comes with great food, but also boasts perks such as a playroom for kids, free Wi-Fi, and multiple power outlets. Though they have a standard Matcha Patbingsu ($10), they also carry more decadent flavours, such as Dutch Patbingsu ($14). This version comes chock-full of Oreo bits and chocolate ice-cream. With their great bingsu and delightful ambience, this could be your family’s new go-to dessert spot.
Check out other child-friendly restaurants to bring the entire fambam to!
Address: 170 Upper Bukit Timah Road, #B2-17, Bukit Timah Shopping Centre, Singapore 588179
Opening hours: Daily 9:30am to 10:30pm
Tel: 6466 1743
5. Bing Go Jung Korean Dessert House
Happy hour doesn’t just exist for cocktails and house pours. At Bing Go Jung Korean Dessert House, you can enjoy their generously portioned bingsu at $10 from 12pm to 6pm daily. This sweet deal can be used for any of their bingsu flavours, including Tiramisu (U.P. $16) and Cheese Cake (U.P. $13). If you enjoy even richer desserts, their Devil’s Bingsu (U.P. $16) comes with a Choco Pie, Nutella, pretzels, whipped cream, and chocolate cookies. Just note that this promo is only available at their Bukit Timah outlet.
6. Chicken Up
Chicken Up may dish out great chicken wings, but they also have an impressive selection of bingsu on their menu. If you’d like a smaller portion to enjoy by yourself, get a Mini Bingsu ($7++). They have this in several flavours, including strawberry, Oreo, mango, and matcha. If you’re in a big group, Chicken Up also has a large Melon Bingsu ($20++) that comes in a halved rock melon. The whole thing is studded with juicy melon balls and topped with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream.
Bingsu makes their version of this Korean dessert unique with flavoured ice and cute designs. Instead of just drizzling sweetened milk over ice, their Green Tea Bingsu ($5.90/$7.90) is made with matcha shaved ice, while their Choco Banana ($5.90/$7.90) and Oreo ($5.90/$7.90) come with chocolate shaved ice. This ensures that every bite remains flavourful as typical bingsu tends to get watered down over time.
Address: 3155 Commonwealth Avenue West, #04-33, The Clementi Mall, Singapore 129588
Opening hours: Daily 11:30am to 9:30pm
Tel: 8366 1549
8. Gangnam Bingsu
You wouldn’t typically expect to find bingsu at food courts, but Gangnam Bingsu proves otherwise. All their bingsu options are quite generously portioned, considering how affordable they are. Their Matcha Bingsu ($8.90) comes sprinkled with matcha powder and is topped with red bean paste and green tea ice-cream. If you have a lighter palate, get the Black Sesame Bingsu ($7.90) instead. This comes with ground black sesame, red bean paste, almond slices, and mochi cubes.
Address: 302 Tiong Bahru Road, #03-101, Tiong Bahru Plaza Kopitiam, Singapore 168732
Opening hours: Daily 10am to 10pm
9. Jinjja Chicken
Jinjja Chicken may be known for their tasty Korean fried chicken and jajangmyeon, but don’t underestimate their desserts. This halal-certified joint dishes out a classic Patbingsu ($5.90), as well as Oreo ($5.90) and Strawberry Cheesecake ($6.90) versions. So before you wolf down all that chicken, remember to leave a little room for bingsu after your meal!
Chi-Bing has an extensive menu that ranges from hearty Korean stews to spicy fried chicken. Of course, they didn’t forget about dessert. Aside from a basic Red Bean Bing Su ($7.90), their Yoghurt Bingsu ($8.90) is another crowd-favourite. The yogurt provides a refreshing tartness while adding a slightly creamier texture to the dessert. You can even add extra toppings at $1.50 each so you and your friends won’t need to fight over a few pieces of mochi.
Address: 1 Vista Exchange Green, #01-43/K4, The Star Vista Mall, Singapore 138617
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11:30am to 10pm, Sun 11am to 10pm
Tel: 6262 0689
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Affordable bingsu that won’t break the bank
Now you can indulge without worrying about paying heaps for this popular Korean dessert. Leave a comment below telling us which of these affordable bingsu places you want to hit next! For those who can’t get enough of Korean food, check out these affordable Korean food places as well!
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