In line with the various Korean restaurants and cafes in the Philippines, this particular bingsu cafe is definitely a place that stands out. From the large family of shaved ice desserts around the world, comes Café Seolhwa’s signature dessert.
The ‘bingsu’, which is Korea’s version of finely shaved milk ice topped with variety of delicious sweets and fruits, is originally something that were just traded by government officials in the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910), wherein it was only composed of two to three ingredients, namely the red bean paste, tteok (Korean rice cakes), and ground nut powder. Today, as we live in a contemporary and modern society, many varieties of bingsu(s) have been invented along with the entrance of foreign influence.
Café Seolhwa’s interior has a relaxing and cozy vibe which is an ideal spot for hang outs and family bonding. The good lighting is a huge factor in making the place and the food, even more picturesque than it already is.
From the original patbingsu to the brownie chocolate bingsu, you can certainly find the type closest to your liking within their huge selection of bingsu(s). Their machines were imported directly from Korea, ensuring only the best quality of shaved ice. Café Seolhwa offers generous portions of their servings so a single order can be consumed by one to two people and a large order is good for three to four people.
Tip: Eating the bingsu is delicious in whichever way you like but the best way is to eat the milk snow and the toppings together.
The Injeolmi Bingsu Milk Snow topped with grain powder, rice cakes, nuts, and dried fruits is a recommendation by the café as it is one of the Korean favorites. With pieces of tteok covered in powdered dried beans, the texture of this bingsu is pleasing to the tongue. It holds no overwhelming amount of sweetness as it is not too sweet, but also not very blunt. The sliced almonds also add up to the burst of texture in the bingsu.
Another recommendation is the Mango Cheese Bingsu, which is milk ice topped with fresh mangoes, cheese cake, nuts and vanilla ice cream. Unlike the Injeolmi Bingsu, this particular serving has a softer texture and sweeter taste. The ripe mangoes and cheesecake complement each other pleasantly, thus making this bingsu a Filipino favorite.
Café Seolhwa also serves local Korean food aside from their pleasant desserts. One of it is the Go Chu Jang Ddeokbokki which consists of Korean rice cakes, ramen, and odeng (fish cake), mixed with gochujang paste (red chili glutinous rice, fermented soybeans, and salt). It is a perfect combination of sweet and spicy although it can lean towards the spicier side if you are not a fan of spicy food. The ramen adds richness and texture to the ddeokbokki making every bite, full of flavor, leaving you craving for more.
Aside from bingsu and ddeokbokki, the café also offers toasts, pancakes, sandwiches, and a wide assortment of coffee and tea. Fancy some Korean food this weekend? Café Seolhwa is the place to be, and one that we highly recommend!
Venues of Café Seolhwa:
- Bonifacio Global City
- BF Homes
- Venice Grand Canal Mall
(Operating Hours: 10AM – 10PM )
For more details and the complete menu, click HERE.
We would like to thank Café Seolhwa and Mr. Daniel Choi for the amazing media tasting opportunity! 🙂