Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Phnom Penh eats: Shaved ice meets a sugar rush with bingsu at Break Time




Phnom Penh eats: Shaved ice meets a sugar rush with bingsu at Break Time

Phnom Penh eats: Shaved ice meets a sugar rush with bingsu at Break Time

Shaved ice, fruit toppings, and a squirt of cream – these are the ingredients to make a perfect bingsu. Hailing from South Korea, bingsu is a shaved ice dessert that has recently found one more home in Cambodia, at Break Time Café and Dessert. Located on Street 163 in BKK3, owner Lay Monika's team can be found serving up sweet treats, drinks, and even toast.

Wanting to be her own boss, Monika decided to set up her own business and went to Thailand to learn more about bingsu. The shop opened two months ago, and Monika says it is currently attracting a younger crowd.

Her shaved ice is made from fresh milk, which is frozen for 5 hours and doled out to eager customers in large snowy heaps. It’s topped with sliced fruit, such as honeydew or strawberries, and then cream. It’s a delicious alternative to more traditional Khmer desserts like Num Kong (doughnut topped with palm sugar) or On Sorm (banana or pork and coconut wrapped in a banana leaf).

Breaktime Café and Dessert is located along street 163, and is open from 10am-8pm. Prices range from $4 - $7.

MOST VIEWED

  • First Khmer woman to pass out of West Point

    The life of a soldier certainly isn’t for everyone. The training is gruelling, the hours long and there’s no room for excuses. On top of that, soldiers must be ready to respond to sudden threats at a moment’s notice. Just ask Sithyka

  • Tourists urged not to skip trip

    The Ministry of Tourism has called on international tourists not to cancel trips to Cambodia, but urged them to adhere to several dos and don’ts when arriving in the Kingdom during the Covid-19 pandemic. The ministry released an eight-point instruction manual on Wednesday published

  • The taxman cometh – Cambodia’s capital gains tax casts the net on individual taxpayers

    In a country where only limited personal income tax existed, the new taxation law beginning January 1, 2021, will make taxpayers out of Cambodians, whether they are ready for it or not About two years ago, a little known amendment was made to Article 7 of the Law

  • Cambodian-American gets Star Trek treatment

    Kevin Ung, a Cambodian-American whose family escaped genocide during the Khmer Rouge’s reign of terror, was recently selected from thousands of applicants to participate in the Television Academy Foundation’s inaugural 2020 Star Trek Command Training Programme, a course intended to give hands-on filmmaking experience

  • Cambodia seeks to be transport hub

    Cambodia is working on several fronts to modernise its transport infrastructure and services, concentrating on opening new international gates to relieve and balance traffic congestion at its borders, Minister of Public Works and Transport Sun Chanthol said on Thursday. This is part of the Kingdom’

  • Deminers unearth ancient lion statue

    Cambodia Mine Action Centre (CMAC) director-general Heng Ratana told The Post on Tuesday that a statue of a lion was found by mine clearance experts while they were digging for a development project. It was sent to the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts last