A new Korean wave to hit Singapore is Korean Bingsu in takeaway cups. Chot-Nun at Far East Plaza, is less than a month old and is the first in Singapore to introduce this concept.
We have been waiting for someone to take the plunge and serve Bingsu in Llaollao sized cups that are handy to eat anywhere. This simple but brilliant idea also serves as an economical alternative to its otherwise pretty pricey older brother, which tends to cost around the S$20 mark for a bowl.
We made a trip down to Far East Plaza to check it out, and here’s what to expect from Chot-Nun.
Chot-Nun offers a variety of flavours – some regular and some more unconventional. The takeaway cups see a base of shaved milk ice, a layer in the middle that varies, and a mountain of toppings on top.
What is interesting about this cup, is also the fact that it is placed in another cup of dry ice before serving. Whether this feature is gimmicky or not is up to you, but for us, a 3-second entertainment of dry ice is just redundant.
Some classic flavours are Injeolmi Cup (S$7.50), Strawberry Cup (S$9.50) and Pat Cup (S$6.50). We went for the latter, inspired by the original Patbingsu. While the milk snow or shave iced base lacked in wow-factor, the red bean and mochi toppings were not that bad. However, the cup in general is a tad bit on the dry side and pretty lacklustre in terms of overall flavour.
Other more interesting flavours are Cookies & Cream Cup (S$7.50), Peanut Butter Cup (S$7.50) and Breakfast Cup (S$7.50).
Chot-Nun is opened up by a local and is a brand on its own, using very strong Korean influences. In general, it is not the worst bingsu we’ve had, but it still lacks the star quality to stand out in the competitive Singapore F&B scene.
That said, if this Bingsu to-go concept works and Chot-Nun gets more and more popular, we foresee more outlets and “copies” opening islandwide very soon.
14 Scotts Road
Far East Plaza, #01-16E
Daily: 11am – 10pm
Nearest Station: Orchard
About the writer:
Cheryl is a staff writer for ladyironchef. She loves a good steak and an even better cuppa. She eats just about anything and everything. In her free time, she regularly starts on sci-fi or fantasy movie marathons.