Cafe: Paris Baguette
City: Milpitas, CA
We went to the Paris Baguette across the street after eating at the 237 Night Market (where I had the oyster vermicelli) on Wed night. This location recently opened and is right next to Anh Hong, where I had the bò 7 món.
We had the “Well Being Shaved Ice”, which had sliced almond, red bean, grain powder, condensed milk, and a mochi with red bean paste on top. There’s also a mound of red bean hidden inside the shaved ice! Mix ’em all before devouring!
Here’s some info about the Korean dessert, from Wikipedia:
Patbingsu (팥빙수, also stylized as patbingsoo, literally red beans with ice) is a Korean shaved ice dessert with sweet toppings such as chopped fruit, condensed milk, fruit syrup, and red bean paste. The snack is highly popular in South Korea. This snack originally began as ice shavings with red bean paste (known as pat, 팥). Many varieties of patbingsu exists in contemporary culture.
The early forms of patbingsu consisted of shaved ice and two or three ingredients, red bean paste, tteok/ddeok, and ground nut powder. The earliest forms of patbingsu can be found in the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1897). Government records show officials sharing crushed ice topped with various fruits. Some historians believe that the early forms originated from a Chinese tradition of eating snow or ice topped with fruit juices, but Korea disputes this origin.
The modern forms of patbingsu are reputed to originate during the period of Korea under Japanese rule (1910-1945) with the introduction of a cold red bean paste dish. However, the combinations of red bean paste and shaved ice is a Korean invention. During the Korean War (1950-1953), foreign influence led to the inclusion of ingredients such as Fruit cocktail, ice cream, fruits, nuts, cereal, and syrups, and whipped cream. In the 1970s and 1980s, popular ingredients included fruit cocktail, whipped cream, and maraschino cherries.