Edmonton Bingsoo Scene

These days, it seems so hard to keep track of all the new shaved ice / bingsoo stores opening as there is a continuous flow of new stores opening one after another. They just seem to be popping up all over the city like dandelions! I can say that by this point, I have tried a majority of the places in Edmonton, so here is my brief ranking of the current bingsoo stores in Edmonton:

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#yegfood Dream Tea House – Dream Snow Bingsoo

One of the new ‘it’ things – the biggest trend – for summer 2017 in Edmonton seems to be bingsoo. Not just any kind of bingsoo (shaved ice), but Korean bingsoo. We’ve been seeing them at various Korean restaurants around town, and with two Korean bingsoo focused places opening up soon – Snowy Village & Snowy Desserts – you can’t ignore the increase in popularity of this item this summer!

Dream Tea House recently launched their own menu of Korean bingsoo. You have the option of choosing from seven different choices: matcha, mocha cheesecake, strawberry, cotton candy, mango, injeolmi, and oreo.

My friends and I were definitely surprised to see the Cotton Candy Snow Bingsoo as it came with a side of gigantic stick of pink cotton candy! It definitely was a show-stealer as we got amazed gazes from other customers around us.

From the top left, going clockwise: Injeolmi (인절미) Snow Bingsoo, Cotton Candy Snow Bingsoo, Matcha Snowbingsoo, Oreo Snow Bingsoo

[update] I have tried all 7 flavors of the bingsoo and would say that the matcha one (plus extra condensed milk ;P) is my favorite. 

 

#yegfood Hanjan

Hanjan (3735 99 St NW, Edmonton, AB)

Visited the newest addition to the Korean cuisine community last week while they were still in their soft opening phase.

They’ve definitely got a unique interior that sets them apart from the other Korean restaurants in the city. (Serious aesthetics goals)

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[From the top left going clockwise: 수육 (sliced boiled pork belly), 잡채 (japchae), 국물 떡볶이 (spicy rice cake), 간장치킨 (soy sauce chicken)] 

My friends and I were pretty hungry so we decided to order five plates thinking we got this. Man, did we overestimate ourselves by A LOT. We found ourselvex taking home some of the left-overs but none of us regretted it because they were all worth it!

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[strawberry shaved ice]

Hanjan also offer a number of dessert selections from waffles, other flavors of shaved ice, honey butter bread, and bungeoppang (붕어빵 – a common winter street food staple in Korea consisting of a fish shaped pastry with red bean paste stuffing) which I am certainly looking forward to trying the next time.

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Also, thank you to Explore Edmonton (@exploreedmonton) for sharing my photo in their instagram story!

#yegfoodfriday : Baijiu

I read about Baijou in an article somewhere on Monday. And after a quick search I found that they would be opening the following Wednesday. So naturally I had to go check it out on Friday. I had two of my girl friends who I haven’t seen in months to join me for this #yegfoodfriday.

Very true to their description, the place had a very rustic boozy vibe.

I took a picture of the menu to remind myself what we ordered so that I could post about it. Or so I thought… Later that night as I was looking through my camera roll, the photo of the menu were no where to be found. Also the restaurant had a very dark lighting situation going on so all my pictures were needless to say useless.

Anyways, we ordered a clam dish, a chicken dish, and a squid noodle dish. (sorry for the lack of better description) All three of us agree that the clam and the squid dish was most certainly delicious. Of course we had to order some dessert as well. There were two dessert options on the menu so naturally we ordered both ;P One was a sweet bao sandwich and the other a meringue incorporated citrus plate. All three of was were very caught off guard with the meringue dish. It took couple bites before we got used to it. However at the end we all agreed that the citrus definitely helped as a palate cleanser.