Bingsu treats have grown in popularity in the metro, especially now with the searing summer heat. Bingsu is a Korean dessert characterized by shaved ice sweetened with condensed milk and topped with fresh fruits, yogurt, ice cream and bits of yummy baked goods.
While the fam is exploring options for lunch in Bonifacio Global City during a particularly hot summer day, we came across this branch of Hobing Korean Dessert and couldn’t resist having our dessert here. After eating our lunch at nearby Tenya Tempura Tendon, and, eager for something cool and sweet to counter the hot and humid weather, we proceeded Hobing.
Despite being billed as the Korean halo-halo, bingsu is best enjoyed when the shaved ice and toppings are not all mixed together. This allows you to enjoy the varying textures and flavors that went into the bingsu.
We ordered a large serving of Mango Cheese Bingsu (Php320), thinking that a regular serving will not satisfy all of us. What we got was a delectable and prettily presented confection: finely shaved ice flavored with mango syrup, surrounded by huge cubes of ripe mango and topped with rich New York Cheesecake bits, vanilla ice cream and slices of roasted almonds.
We are definitely eager to try Hobing’s other bingsu offerings soon.
This branch of Hobing Korean Dessert is located at the 3rd Floor of BGC Stopover Pavilion, Rizal Drive cor 31st Street, Bonifacio Global City. Other branches of Hobing Korean Dessert are located at:
- Lucky Chinatown Mall in Binondo
- SM Megamall in Mandaluyong
- Glorietta 4 in Makati
- Jupiter Street in Makati
- Eastwood City Walk in Quezon City
- SM Aura Premier in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
- Ayala Malls the 30th in Ortigas Center, Pasig
- SM North in Quezon City
- Banawe Lifestyle Center in Quezon City
- SM City Marikina in Marikina City
- U.P Town Center in Quezon City
- SM San Lazaro in Manila
- Ayala Fairview Terrace, Fairview Quezon City
Check out my rundown of bingsu treats in the metro.
My mom discovered the recipe for Frozen Mocha Cheesecake several decades ago and it has become a family favorite. We whip it up every year, particularly during special occasions and clan get-togethers. I decided to make it in time for our New Year’s Eve celebration tonight.
The original recipe is closer to this, but over the years, we have changed some ingredients depending on what is easily available or cheaper to buy.
For the crust:
- 30 pcs Hi-Ro chocolate biscuits, crushed (remove white filling prior to pounding with mortar and pestle) (Note: You can buy pre-crushed chocolate biscuits in some baking supply stores but these are usually available per kilo.)
- 1 100g stick Dari Creme butter, softened
- 2 tbsp white sugar
For the filling:
- 2 225g packs Magnolia Cream Cheese, softened
- 1 300ml can Alaska sweetened condensed milk
- 2/3 cup Clara Ole chocolate syrup
- 1 tbsp Blend 45 instant coffee dissolved in 1 tsp hot water
- 1 250ml Alaska Crema All Purpose Cream (you can use whipping cream as a more indulgent – or expensive – alternative)
- Combine all crust ingredients and press into the bottom of a 9-in spring form pan. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Add in condensed milk, chocolate syrup and dissolved coffee.
- In another bowl, whip all purpose cream until fluffy. Fold into the cream cheese mixture until evenly distributed.
- Pour the mixture into the crust. Sprinkle some crushed chocolate biscuits on top as garnish.
- Put into the freezer for 6 hours until set.
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Sugar and caffeine addicts, you now have another place to go to.
Sugar Fix, a small cafe (sharing space with a travel agency) in the converted house along Sgt. Esguerra in Quezon City, offers home a wide array of coffee choices as well as delectable desserts.
Its interiors are quaint: dainty chairs accompany low tables, suited for friendly talks while taking dessert, after lunch or dinner at Charlie’s Grind and Grill or Lola Ote right next door.
The cheesecakes are moist and decadent, perfect to pair with a cup of rich hot chocolate!
Another plus factor for the place is the owner’s precocious kids who sometimes help out in serving customers.
Sugar Fix is located at 24 Sgt. Esguerra Avenue, Tomas Morato, Quezon City.
Thanks to a credit card promo, we were treated to a buffet lunch at the Marriott Cafe for my mother-in-law’s birthday.
The place is very elegant and well-appointed and the buffet spreads featuring cuisines from various countries were aesthetically presented. The staff were courteous and attentive as well.
Being a card-carrying carnevore, my favorite station is the grill, I got myself some steaks (“Cuts of the Day” were juicy and well-marbled) and various smoked meats and sausages.
I also gorged myself on desserts. The cafe has quite a selection of tartlets, cakes, cookies and pastries as well as a chocolate fountain which is a hit with the kids.
Dining here is an experience I won’t mind repeating. (But I’ll probably wait for another promo!)
Buffet prices are:
- (6:30 am to 10:30 am, daily); Php1,450
- Lunch (12:00 pm to 2:30 pm, Monday to Saturday): Php1,900
- Brunch (11.30 am to 3:00 pm, Sunday): Php2,500
- Dinner (6:00 pm to 8:30 pm, Monday to Thursday, Sunday): Php2,100
- Dinner (6:00 pm to 10:30 pm Friday to Saturday): Php2,500
Marriott Cafe is located at the Manila Marriott Hotel, 2 Resorts Drive, Newport City, Pasay. For reservations, call 02-9889999 or visit the Resorts World Manila website for more details.
Along Sgt. Esguerra Street in Quezon City, you will find Full Belly Craft Kitchen, which promises to have you leaving the place with… tadaaah!… a full belly. The resto’s concept is comfort food based on variations of belly meat. I usually go for the place’s Executive Meals which provide satisfying single serving belly-based dishes and Fully Belly Craft Kitchen’s own blend of iced tea.
My go-to order is the Roast Beef Belly Plate. Tender roasted beef belly meat served with creamy mashed potatoes and roasted vegetables drizzled with fragrant truffle oil.
I also sampled the Beef Belly Binagoongan. I found it very flavorful, the salty bagoong and shredded eggs complementing the tender beef belly meat.
Desserts are no less imaginative: the Lemon Ginger Pound Cake was a compact moist combination of sweetness and tartness, while the New York Cheesecake packs a surprise – homemade bacon jam, in keeping with the resto’s belly theme.
Bring your hungry tummies to Full Belly Craft Kitchen!