Rainbow Snow

Rainbow Snow

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The café is called WooW and ‘wow’ pretty much sums up what it serves – a rainbow of sweet treats that proved impossible to walk past (even though I had just had lunch followed by tea and cake).

Ok, I admit it, I was weak… but oh, it was worth it, even though I had to skip dinner as penance.

The range of individual colours and flavours provided a choice almost too hard to make, so it had to be the complete rainbow of flavoured shaved ice, topped with as many extras as could reasonably be spooned on top.

And you can really go mad here, with almost 30 different toppings to choose from including chocolates, sweets, fruit, ice cream scoops and even honeycomb. That’s on top of your shaved ice, vanilla ice cream and raindrop jellies.

Each colour of shaved ice has a different flavour, from strawberry and mango at the bottom to purple taro on the top, and (unlike with the slightly disappointing local ‘ice kacang’), you really can tell the difference between them. The only problem is that the cups it all comes in are so top heavy you have to hold on tight as you dig in to avoid toppling your masterpiece all over the table.

In all honesty, one of these is enough for at least 2 people, especially as the more toppings you add the more the price goes up. Still, this beauty cost less than S$15 and was a total pleasure to eat. Daughters #1 and #2 often accuse me of wanting to see only fairies and unicorns – this was fairies and unicorns in a cup!

Janchi Bingsu

Category : Food



Bingsu is a traditional Korean dessert that has been taking Singapore by storm. At its heart is a large bowl of shaved ice, topped with any combination of fruit, ice cream, syrup, chocolate and nuts, often decorated to look like a small cute animal is peeping out of the top. The ice itself is usually not plain water but a sweetened, milky version which produces shavings like soft, sweet snowflakes. Tanjong Pagar, home to what is probably the greatest concentration of Korean bars, eating places and mini-marts in Singapore, recently saw the opening of 24 hour bingsu dessert café Bingki, which was impossible to resist.

Looking at the menu, cute ice cream bears in giant teacups aside, I was particularly struck by the idea of the janchi bingsu, which looked to be a dessert version of bibimbap – my favourite Korean meal. In the savoury version, a stone bowl of rice is topped with neatly arranged ‘spokes’ of meat, vegetables and spicy things, with a raw egg in the centre and red hot kochijan sauce on top. You stir all this together to mix the flavours, and tuck in.

The janchi bingsu (janchi means feast or festival in Korean) is a wooden bowl of shaved ice, with fruit and nuts laid out attractively on top in the same style. Here we had melon, mango, strawberries, grapes, blueberries and flaked almonds. There was whipped cream in the middle, topped with a melon ball to look just like the egg, and a small jug of strawberry syrup stood in for the chilli sauce.

It is as well to take a friend or two with you when you go to eat bingsu, as the portions can be enormous. With this one, we failed to finish the bowl despite bringing 2 healthy appetites and a free afternoon to the table. But I have to say that it was delicious, and, with all that fresh fruit, felt very healthy for a dessert café. The S$20 we paid for it, however, was perhaps a little steep, but it was good enough to go back for more some day soon.