The spread of the Korean wave has reached Tanjong Katong, the bastion of local food culture. There are many cafes, ice cream parlours and eating places in Tanjong Katong but until recently you cannot find the hottest cold dessert in town – bingsu. 눈송이 NunSongYee Korean Dessert House, which has a successful outlet in Burghley Drive in Serangoon Gardens (and has a new outlet at Bugis/Tan Quee Lan Street), has started business in a shop house along Tanjong Katong Road. From the constant stream of people going to the cafe on a weekday night and their happy faces, it would appear that Nun Song Yee is a much welcomed addition to the exciting food street.
눈송이 NunSongYee Korean Dessert House at Tanjong Katong is brightly lit with simple and neat interior decorations. The air-conditioned indoor seating area is not big but it does not feel cramp. The tables are reasonably well spaced out. There are a few tables in the outdoor seating area
It is a self-service cafe. You order and pay at the counter. A buzzing device will be given to you and you collect what you have ordered from the counter when the device buzzes. You can help yourself to free iced water and additional utensils.
눈송이 NunSongYee Korean Dessert House offers coffee, tea and other beverages. They also have Korean rice cakes and their popular signature toasts. A latte is $5.80 and the toast is priced from $8.90 to $12.90.
The main attraction is, of course the bingsu. There are 2 ranges of bingsu – the snow flake bingsu with prices from $12.90 to $15.90 and the premium bingsu priced at $18.90. The flavours for the snow flake bingsu include Oreo, Choco-banana, Cheesecake, Injeolmi and Mix Berries. There are 4 varieties of Premium Bingsu – Black Sesame, Coffee, Strawberry and Snow White. You can add ice cream for $2, red beans for $3 and Injeolmi for $2.50.
We ordered a Traditional Korean Sweet Ka-Rei Rice Cake ($7.90) the Black Sesame Premium Bingsu ($18.90) and the Injeolmi Bingsu ($14.90). The wait for the food to be prepared was about 10 minutes. The traditional rice cake made with glutinous rice flour came beautifully plated. Small pieces of rice cake were drizzled with maple syrup and topped with almond flakes. The rice cake was chewy and bland. The sweetness provided by the syrup and the added texture of the almond flakes made the rice cake quite enjoyable.
The Black Sesame Bingsu came in a reasonable portion size. The shaved ice was completely covered by the toppings of sesame seeds, almond flakes, red beans and rice cakes. A small cup of condensed milk came with the bingsu. The various ingredients combined quite well but the red beans was the dominating taste. The most remarkable thing about the bingsu of Nun Song Yee Korean Dessert House is the shaved ice. It is really fine and fluffy. The shaved ice looked like desiccated coconut and it did not melt easily and did not become slushy. The cold powder soft ice produced a very nice refreshing sensation in the mouth.
The Injeolmi Bingsu was rich and full of flavours. Small pieces of soft chewy rice cakes were hidden in the fine iced-milk shavings. It was enjoyable.
The prices at 눈송이 Nun Song Yee Korean Dessert House are a bit high especially if you opt for the premium bingsu and add toppings. However, we think that they make one of the best bingsu we have tried in Singapore. This very pleasant Korean cafe is certainly a great new place in the Tanjong Katong food street.
Overall Rating: 3 TOPs
눈송이 NunSongYee Korean Dessert House
232 Tanjong Katong Road
Tel : +65 66354479
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