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Orchard Central Food Trail Part 3: Nunsaram Korean Dessert Cafe

Photo 27-8-15, 5 28 24 PM

Yet another bingsu kiosk joins the race to become the “most authentic” Korean bingsu cafe in Singapore. With the likes of specialty bingsu cafes like Nunsongyee, O’ma Spoon and the addition of bingsu to Korean restaurants’ menu, I was honestly skeptical of how the bingsu at Nunsaram would fare. Could it be oh, just another bingsu place lor, or would it be a place I would bring people here for the “real deal”?

Honestly, very honestly, I’m not an expert on bingsus, and I don’t know why I wasn’t offered any bingsu when I was in Korea, a few years ago. The only “authentic” Korean bingsu place I’ve tried was Nunsongyee, whose shaved ice were omg, like ice cream leh. So fine (literally and figuratively). Whilst the others I tried from other Korean establishments were just.. Trying too hard to be a bowl of overpriced ice kachang.

The Menu

Photo 27-8-15, 5 18 27 PM Photo 27-8-15, 5 18 35 PM

I didn’t get a chance to snap a photo of the menu at Nunsaram, but here’s what I’ve got. They offer basically the similar stuff you’d find at any bingsu cafes. Price-wise, it ranges from $12.90 to $15.90. The higher price point for the likes of Mango, cheese and black sesame etc.

The only gripe I have about bingsu is HOW EXPENSIVE THEY ARE. It’s crazy. It’s like I honestly do not know how to appreciate these snowy icicles thingy, but hey, it’s ice after all, do you have to charge me the price of a plate of protein for ice? Wa, if you compare the nutritional value, it’s damn bo hua. (not worth it). Oh well, but I’m a sucker for anything pretty and sweet.

The Food

We tried 3 variations of their bingsus.

  1. Sweet Potato ($14.90)

Photo 27-8-15, 5 28 24 PM

This is the Sweet Potato Bing Su. Sorry it looks a little messy. You’d like this if you are a fan of sweet potato. Unfortunately not for me! I didn’t really like the starchy feeling to my bingsu. The almond flakes are always a welcome addition for an additional crunch and flavor.

2. Strawberry ($15.90)Photo 2-9-15, 4 44 58 PM Fresh and generous servings of strawberries. But look at that pile of whip on there, that is definitely a no go. I’d much rather have a scoop of ice cream, thank you very much. Ice, strawberries and whip, with a side of condensed milk. Hmm.. There are really better options out there, unless you’re an avid fan of strawberries.

3. Green Tea ($13.90)Photo 27-8-15, 5 26 27 PM

I’m obviously saving the best for the last because this was my favorite amongst all, and guess what, I didn’t even like green tea/ matcha then. This bingsu was life changing because since I had it, I developed a love for matcha and everything green tea, honestly. I don’t think it’s the strongest or the most aromatic green tea dessert you can find, but this really made me appreciate the flavors of green tea in food! The subtlety of its bitterness made up by the sweetness from the ice cream and condensed milk. I liked this. Very much.

This seems like an abrupt end, but yeah, desserts always mark an end to a meal, unless you’re at a buffet with me, because DESSERTS COME FIRST then. This is the end of the 3 part sequel of the Orchard Central Food Trail, and seriously, OC has a TON of places for you to go to and have your stomachs filled. Check out the previous 2 parts here:

http://explodingbelly.com/2015/09/06/orchard-central-food-trail-part-1-tonkichi/

http://explodingbelly.com/2015/09/25/orchard-central-food-trail-part-2-dancing-crab/

The other reviews I have at Orchard Central:
Milagro Spanish
Burgers vs Wings + Bar
Medzs

Coming Soon:
Tanuki Raw
49 Seats

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