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Café Seolhwa’s Bingsu Is Our Current Favorite Icy Treat


Everyone loves ice cream. Who doesn’t love its creamy consistency, or impossible myriad of flavors and forms? When I was a kid, I loved it too, but my favorite frozen treat was always shaved ice. From halo-halo to snow cones, I liked my desserts much lighter and fresher, and was obsessed with covering my snow cone in neon-colored syrups that made my teeth ache.


Green Tea Bingsu, PHP 210 for small, PHP 290 for large | Injeolmi Bingsu, PHP 190 for small, PHP 260 for large

The bingsu at Cafe Seolhwa has the adult answer to all my childhood snow cone cravings. There’s a lot to choose from at the small café, from pancakes to honey toasts, but the only thing you need to eat are the bingsu. The ice is shaved so finely, that every inch of it tastes of whatever yummy flavor you decide to order. Since the ice crystals are so small, they are packed together tightly, creating a consistency between granita and ice cream. This is far from your average shaved ice; those have much larger chunks, making dishes taste instantaneously watery.


Brownie Bingsu, PHP 250 for small, PHP 360 for large | Mango Cheese Bingsu, PHP 240 for small, PHP 340 for large

They may have everything from green tea and red bean, to injeolmi with mochi, to even red wine, but the mango cheesecake bingsu is my personal favorite. It’s doused in a sweet and milky syrup and topped with an insane amount of injeolmi powder and mangoes which all go so well together. Add to that chunks of Japanese cheesecake for one of the best shaved ices you’ll have in Manila today.

Have you tried the bingsu at Café Seolhwa? What’s your favorite frozen treat? Tell us below!

Café Seolhwa

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Pamela Cortez Pamela Cortez

Pamela Cortez writes about food full-time, and has honed her craft while writing for publications such as Rogue, Town and Country, and The Philippine Star. She once rode on a mule for a mile just to eat mint tea and lamb in Morocco, and has eaten a block of Quickmelt in one sitting. Her attempt at food photography can be viewed online @meyarrr.

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2 responses to “Café Seolhwa’s Bingsu Is Our Current Favorite Icy Treat”

  1. Volts Sanchez says:

    Where is this place and where has it been all my life?

  2. llyann says:

    ive been wanting to try bingsu!!!

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