I’m not big on dessert. To be honest, i’d rather eat a cheeseburger for dessert after a good meal. But, sometimes you want to fill you gut with some sugar. Before i moved to Seoul, my wife and i used to live in Chicago. There was this frozen yogurt place we used to frequent called berry chill. I loved that place because the froyo there was tart and tangy. But my first love of yogurt is pinkberry. I’m a purist. I don’t need toppings or anything on the side. Just give me a spoon and a bucket of white deliciousness. So fresh and so tangy. Just seems to melt in my mouth. Wish Korea had pinkberry. They have red mango but its not even close. I read that pinkberry started out as a US clone of red mango. At any rate the clone is a lot tastier.
When i was a little kid, i didn’t really like patbingsu. Same goes for deonjang jjigae. But now as an adult, i love them both. Patbingsu is a shaved ice dessert with sweet red beans and condensed milk. Don’t really know the history behind patbingsu, but I’m thinking it’s at least a few hundred years old. Give or take a few hundred years.
Anyway, Mealtop is different from the patbingsu that you may have tried. When i first tired it, i thought it was a great idea. Genius even. Why not shave the ice into super small pieces. It’s almost like ice cream. So smooth and creamy. You wouldn’t think that it was shaved ice.
Mealtop serves different kinds of patbingsu. But if it is your first time, try the original patbingsu. These delicious treats are only 6 bucks a pop. I’ve been to the one at Hyundai Department store in Apgujeong dong and the one in Mokdong Hyundai Dept. store. If you go to the Apgujeong one, plan on waiting a while. The place is always packed with ajumas.