Shaved ice with sweet red beans and fruit

Patbingsu 팥빙수

Patbingsu is one of the most  popular summer desserts or snacks in Korea. It looks like a huge snow mountain in a bowl decorated with colorful fruits, sweet red beans and rice cake pieces and sweet creamy condensed milk. If you feel exhausted from the heat in the summer, make this. You’ll feel energetic again and your body temperature will cool down. Add your favorite toppings to your patbingsu: fruit, jelly, rice cake pieces, roasted grain powder, ice cream, sweetened condensed milk…

Make your own style of homemade patbingsu and enjoy your summer!


I used to make patbingsu for my children when they were young. On a hot summer afternoon, when they came home from school, I would wait  for them with patbingsu ingredients. Once they came home, “Patbingsu is ready! Wash your hands and come back to the table! Meanwhile I’m shaving the ice!” I was very happy when I saw their excitement.

In this video, I’m at Google in NYC to attend YouTube Creators Camp. I was supposed to make 1 video during the camp, so I thought patbingsu was a good choice because it’s seasonal, refreshing, delicious, and easy to make if I prepare the sweet red beans in advance. I prepared patbingsu for 100 people.

I made 2 buckets of sweet red bean to serve 100 people

Just before people come to taste the patbingsu, intense moment

Add shaved ice!

Here is the recipe for a much smaller portion. Enjoy the recipe!


Red beans (adzuki beans), sugar, vanilla, salt, shaved ice, sweetened condensed milk, rice cake, strawberries, banana, and kiwi.

I bought this reasonably priced electric ice shaver on Amazon. It’s quite simple and easy to use. If you are living in USA, you can get it delivered to your home.

my ice shaver – you can buy it on Amazon

Directions for 4 servings

Make sweet red beans:

  1. Rinse and strain 1 cup of red beans and place them in a thick-bottomed pot.
    1 cup of dried red beans will make a little more than 2 cups of sweet red beans. Each serving of patbingsu needs ½ cup of sweet red beans.
  2. Add 4 cups of water. Cover the pot and bring to a boil over low heat for 10 minutes.
  3. Lower the heat to simmer for 1 hour.
  4. Open the lid and check if the beans are cooked well or not. The beans should be crushed easily.
    Chew a sample of the beans. If there is something hard when you chew, you need to cook longer.
  5. Drain the water and add 1 cup of sugar, 1 ts vanilla, and ½ ts salt. Mix well.
    *tip: the water from the beans can be used for making rice
  6. Uncover and stir the sweet beans over low heat for 5 minutes.
  7. Turn the heat off and let it cool down. Keep in the fridge.

Let’s make patbingsu!

  1. Add ½ cup of sweet red beans on the bottom of a dessert bowl.
  2. Add 1½ cups of shaved ice over the sweet red beans.
  3. Add chopped strawberries, banana, and kiwi on top of the ice.
  4. Pour 2 tbs of sweetened condensed milk onto red beans and place 5-7 chopped rice cakes on top.
  5. Serve right away with a spoon.




  1. mbh2mt2d joined 4/15
    Posted May 3rd, 2015 at 5:16 pm | # |

    This looks so delicious!!!!! Ii want sprinkle shredded coconut on top of it too!!!!

  2. AceBite joined 12/15
    Posted December 26th, 2015 at 10:34 am | # |

    This is very much like halo-halo in the Philippines. Halo-halo literally means mix and mix. There are many different varieties of halo-halo but basically, it needs to have shaved ice and some fruits. Some add milk or sweetened condensed milk and usually, we even add sweet red beans! Same as in Patbingsu.

  3. Dear maangchi,
    I got canned red beans. It has sugar in it.
    so can we make red bean paste with that? :(

  4. Dear maangchi
    Can we use red kidney beans instead of red beans /azuki beans . will it taste the same? :/

    See full size image

  5. yotaka maryland joined 2/15
    Posted February 16th, 2015 at 11:58 pm | # |

    I always ate this dish at my local Korean Spa in K-Town Los Angeles and now I can make it at home! Thank you!

    I’m wondering if I wish to make the sweet bean paste in advance, though I am sure it is best fresh, what is the best way to store it and how long will it keep before spoiling?

  6. dreamingdreamer philippines joined 8/14
    Posted August 23rd, 2014 at 4:50 am | # |

    HI :) I want to ask if we could use the canned red bean? Do we still have to put the sugar? And is the rice cake needed or optional ?

  7. Imjoo Franklin, NJ joined 10/11
    Posted May 16th, 2014 at 1:42 pm | # |

    I am so happy that I found your site. I have been looking at your videos and drooling watching all the delicious dishes you’ve made. I have question regarding the rice cake for this recipe. Can I use the regular rice cake (used for DukkBokki) and cut it in to smaller pieces? I’m having a birthday party for my son on Sunday and I don’t have the time to get to the store to buy the rice cake for the dessert. Thank you so much!!!! :)

    • ashleele1989 Anaheim, California, USA joined 5/14
      Posted July 24th, 2014 at 10:19 pm | # |

      Hi Imjoo, rice cake for tteokbokki is not the one for patbingsu. If you cant find that rice cake for patbingsu at your local grocery store you can make it at home. Buy a box of mochi flour, mochiko is a Japanese brand of mochi flour, mix flour with sugar and water then either steam or microwave. Then dust the dough with potato starch and roll out, cut into cubes and u can use them for your patbingsu. I always make patbingsu rice cakes at home because its kinda expensive if we buy it out from grocery store

  8. Miss Kim78 socali joined 3/13
    Posted July 16th, 2013 at 4:28 am | # |

    Hi Maangchi! The best patbingsu I have ever had was in Korea. The patbingsu was huge, creative, tasty, and beautiful!! I was craving some the other day, so I made some. It hit the spot.
    I heard that back in the Josun Dynasty, patbingsu was only available to the upper class. It was very interesting to learn about.

  9. janique0418 Philippines joined 9/12
    Posted September 26th, 2012 at 12:12 am | # |

    hello Maangchi! i tried your patbingsu recipe, it’s really awesome. i had a leftover red bean feeling from the rice cake that i made, although its a little mushy and wet. still, i though it would be great to use for patbingsu it turned out perfectly. I love your website, truly! and it also inspires me to learn hangul, we’ll try more of your recipes. :)

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted September 26th, 2012 at 10:05 am | # |

      You made delicious patbingsu! That’s wonderful!

  10. SuJu247 Colorado joined 7/12
    Posted July 26th, 2012 at 6:13 pm | # |

    Anyeonghaseyo, Maangchi!

    I made my first patbingsu yesterday for dessert. It was wonderful! It was refreshing, sweet, and different. I used my Ninja food processor to shave the ice and it turned out just like snow!
    I followed your recipe exactly but added cubes of dragon fruit on top along with the banana, kiwi, and strawberries. I also made injeolmi to finish it off…it was very yummy!
    Thank you for your awesome recipe!


    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted July 26th, 2012 at 7:35 pm | # |

      Yours sounds like very colorful and delicious!

  11. ina78 Jerteh, Terengganu, Malaysia joined 4/09
    Posted July 8th, 2012 at 7:45 am | # |

    hai Maangchi….
    my red bean become a litle bit crunchy (not soft). is it supposed to be like that? before i put the sugar, i try it and it soft and can crushed easily like you said….hmmm… is it because the sugar effect?

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted July 26th, 2012 at 7:36 pm | # |

      No, it should be very soft. Add more water to the red beans and boil longer over low heat until you can smash it easily with a wooden spoon.

  12. janicedale Australia joined 2/12
    Posted March 13th, 2012 at 2:07 am | # |

    This dessert is good for summer. Three ingredients for a one delicious recipe. Red beans is the main ingredient for Patbingsu. I will try this at home. Better for a nice glass, it will add more attraction to eat. Thanks for posting.

  13. Xavier JJ Owings Mills joined 2/12
    Posted February 4th, 2012 at 3:27 pm | # |

    I can’t wait to make this for my mother grandmother and sister tomorrow it will be my first time making this and i hope it goes well the only thing is my mother and grandmother don’t like beans is there anything i can substitute it with that will still make it taste as good as it looks

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted February 5th, 2012 at 9:45 am | # |

      yay, let me know how yours turns out! Sweet red beans are very important for me for patbingsu. Pat is red beans. : ) But you can replace it with your favorite fruit. Add some ice cream and fruit. yum!

      • Xavier JJ Owings Mills joined 2/12
        Posted February 5th, 2012 at 3:18 pm | # |

        Thank you so much they loved it i can’t wait to make more of your recipes i bet there all going to become family favorites

  14. tastingkorea CA joined 7/11
    Posted December 1st, 2011 at 3:13 pm | # |

    This blog and post has been featured on Tasting Korea. Please check it out :)

  15. chef Benedict Manila, Philippines joined 11/11
    Posted November 19th, 2011 at 7:48 am | # |

    similar to our Filipino dessert called “Halo Halo” but its not tropical fruits but the difference is with mochis, red beans, temperate fruits and condensed milk. i love this kind of dessert.

  16. maddecent Singapore joined 10/11
    Posted October 27th, 2011 at 11:14 am | # |

    Hey maangchi! will you ever show us how to make “Dalgona” ? i’ve seen it once in a Korean variety show and it seems so good!

  17. Kagura591 USA joined 8/11
    Posted August 19th, 2011 at 10:52 am | # |

    Hello Maangchi!!!

    I have been one of your follower for 2 years now and I only registered on your website only now. My bad.

    I was just curious if I can make my own rice cake for the patbingsu, because I cannot find it anywhere in my town. I was thinking of making it with the sweet rice flour mochiko, then pound it just like the injeolmi. Do you think it will work?

    Thank you!

  18. bonafido joined 2/10
    Posted July 11th, 2011 at 11:13 pm | # |

    Hi Maangchi! What rice cakes do you use for the topping? Thanks, love you!

  19. leeinply Michigan, USA joined 7/11
    Posted July 10th, 2011 at 7:33 pm | # |

    I am so excited to find this recipe. We ate it several times while on a trip to Korea a few years ago…and have been trying to learn how to make it ever since. Can’t wait to suprise my husband this week. Thank you!

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted July 11th, 2011 at 10:22 am | # |

      Great! Let me know how your patbingsu turns out later.

  20. jaylivg Houston joined 7/10
    Posted June 24th, 2011 at 6:00 pm | # |

    I am planning to make this for our cook out tomorrow :D *drooling*

  21. Ashleigh Ohio joined 7/10
    Posted June 22nd, 2011 at 2:19 pm | # |

    I’m SO glad I found this recipe! Last summer I remember making PatBingSu, but everyone in my family loved it so much I used all of the sweet red beans I had bought. I haven’t been able to find any of the sweet red beans since, and after reading your recipe for homemade sweet red beans I’m excited I finally get to have PatBingSu again!
    너무 감사합니다!

    Maangchi 화이팅!

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted June 23rd, 2011 at 9:30 am | # |

      Great! Let me know how your patbingsu turns out. Happy cooking!

  22. Kayla Baltimore, Maryland joined 11/10
    Posted June 15th, 2011 at 5:45 pm | # |

    In high school, my friends and I would go to a little shop in Hawaiian Gardens in California called Ice Keki and they served this in HUGE portions. It was usually four or five of us that would split an order. They put cereal on theirs, Captain Crunch, Fruit Loops (my favorite), or Fruity Pebbles (my second favorite). They also had a chocolate version with chocolate shavings all over it. Oooo, I have to make it now; it brings back good memories!

  23. KillDeer Hamilton, Ontario joined 9/10
    Posted June 9th, 2011 at 11:55 pm | # |

    I’ve been dying to make this since you posted it. Maybe even before since you teased us on Facebook saying you were going to make it a week before the YouTube Creators Camp!

    I have no electric or manual ice shaver though!

    I bought the red beans today so I will just make the beans up and then get vanilla ice cream and some bananas! Not traditional but I’m just excited because I love sweet red beans!

  24. Reinier Rotterdam, The Netherlands joined 2/09
    Posted June 5th, 2011 at 2:25 pm | # |

    This looks great i love red beans, i love the fish on top :)

  25. Drew North Carolina joined 6/11
    Posted June 5th, 2011 at 11:05 am | # |

    What a fun dessert. I made the beans using small red beans I found in Harris-Teeter. The beans and fat-free condensed milk make a healthy dessert and very refreshing. Thanks for the recipe.

  26. mokpochica Michigan joined 1/09
    Posted June 4th, 2011 at 12:50 am | # |

    I love the dduk that you put on pat bing soo so much that sometimes the kids and I eat it up before we even make pat bing soo. We call the rice mallows. I am looking forward to making my own red beans for pat bing soo now. I will have to make a really big batch to have on hand for whenever we feel like eating this delicious treat.

  27. Jerry Ko New York joined 1/11
    Posted June 2nd, 2011 at 12:38 am | # |

    Maangchi, me and wifey have been enjoying patbingsu since we were dating and I would love to make her some from scratch. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe. I will definitely give this a try!

    Latest on Simply Good Eating Blog:

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted June 2nd, 2011 at 11:45 am | # |

      oh, u guys were patbingsu couple! : ) I love your blog, too! Let me know how your patbingsu turns out. Upload the photo on my website if you want. Have a great day!

      • Jerry Ko New York joined 1/11
        Posted June 3rd, 2011 at 1:25 pm | # |

        Maangchi We love your blog also :) We will definitely be in touch. I will be ordering the ice shaver machine soon from amazon along with some red beans from the Korean market by us in long island. Once we make our patbingsu, you will see it for better or worse.. lol hopefully it comes out as nice as your. Enjoy your day!

        Latest on Simply Good Eating Blog:(Uh-Mook Jorim)

  28. Renaissance joined 12/10
    Posted June 1st, 2011 at 9:24 pm | # |

    Maangchi! Your recipes are great as always! Ooh, now I’m craving this dessert dish! I’ll have to try it out soon. Thanks!

  29. jimin Oakville, Ontario . Canada joined 9/08
    Posted June 1st, 2011 at 8:19 pm | # |

    Out of all your recipe videos this was the most fun to watch. And let me say, wow, you have met some really good looking friends helping you to shave the ice – lol!

    I am definitely going to impress my guests with your patbingsu recipe this summer. Delicious!


    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted June 1st, 2011 at 9:39 pm | # |

      You are one of those who requested this recipe, is it very easy, isn’t it? If it is too difficult for you to make sweet red bean, you can get a can of sweet red bean at a Korean store. I will post the photo soon. It’s very cheap less than $3.00 and you can make 2~3 servings. Anyway homemade sweet red bean is better though. : )

  30. Ina Maryland,USA joined 10/08
    Posted June 1st, 2011 at 5:21 pm | # |

    Onni,,love this have this same concept dish from the Philippines we called it Halo-halo.Definitely,reminds me of summer..:-))Thank you for posting it!Your plating is always fabulous looking!

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted June 1st, 2011 at 7:29 pm | # |

      haha, you left the same comment on YouTube? halo halo? : ) It sounds like hello hello. Do you add sweet red beans in it, too?

      • Ina Maryland,USA joined 10/08
        Posted June 2nd, 2011 at 5:34 pm | # |

        Yes,lol..I apologized i get carried away sometimes..:-))

  31. BellaL New York City joined 2/11
    Posted June 1st, 2011 at 5:14 pm | # |

    I really wanted to make this the other day and now I can! Thank you 8)!

  32. JamieF New Zealand joined 1/11
    Posted June 1st, 2011 at 3:17 pm | # |

    Maangchi this looks delicious! I especially like the little fish candy :) The video shows us how much fun you had at Creator Camp! In the picture under number 3 it looks like there is piece of butter in the pot with the beans – is that right? Also, in number 5 you say “1/2 cup of the 1 ts vanilla” but you don’t say what the 1/2 cup is meant to be of :) Do I need special rice cakes for this or do I just cut up the tube ones?

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted June 1st, 2011 at 7:26 pm | # |

      Jamie, thank you for pointing out the typo. And it’s not butter. It’s light reflecting on the water. I should post a better photo soon. I’m glad you like the small fish looking jelly. : )


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