I like to keep an eye out for new restaurants and cafés to try around Aachen, the German city I live in. I have spotted some new places before their official opening, I have read about others in local magazines… and sometimes I just stumble upon places I hadn’t noticed before!
Just over a week ago, a sign on a café window in Aachen about the owners’ holiday in S.Korea caught my attention, as did the words “bulgogi”, “bibimbap” and “bingsu” on their menu! 🙂 Despite the very German-sounding name “Kaffeekännchen”, it was Korean café! I was a bit puzzled that I had never heard about that Korean bistro & café before, but very excited about trying it as soon as possible!
Korean lunch & bingsu at Kaffeekännchen
Kaffeekännchen closes around 5pm on weekdays, so I had to wait one week before I could go there and try (their lunch and) their BINGSU!
We ordered some of their savoury dishes first: fried chicken, bulgogi bibimbap and bulgogi deopbap. I am no expert of Korean food, but I certainly enjoyed our lunch! Next we shared a red bean paste bingsu and a strawberry bingsu.
Bingsu is a dessert from Korea, made either with shaved frozen milk or with feather-light milk snow (produced by a cool refrigeration machine) which is generally served with toppings such as fruit, matcha, cheesecake, chocolate…
It was fun to watch the bingsu machine in action while ours was made at Kaffeekännchen! The milk snow flakes were very fine, just as I like them! The snow was made with a mixture of milk and some sweetened condensed milk.
Bingsu served elsewhere can be overloaded with toppings: an additional scoop of ice cream, chewy rice cakes, nuts, corn flakes, muesli, pop corn, chunks of brownies/cookies, whipped cream, etc. While I like a small amount of toppings that compliment the taste and texture of bingsu, too many toppings just get in my way and they shadow the subtle milky taste of the snowflakes. This was not an issue at Kaffeekännchen! However the milk snow was a little too sweet to my taste.
Did I eat too much snow?!
While savouring my bingsu, I remembered a funny encounter from my first Summer in Aachen: on a sunny day, a lady having a conversation with herself suddenly stared at me at a bus stop: startled by my pale Irish complexion, she interrupted her rant and told me something rather strange: “You must have eaten too much snow!”. 😀 At the time I suspected she suffered some mental illness, but maybe she was in fact predicting that I would eat lots of (bingsu milk) snow in the future! 😉 🍧
Kaffeekännchen Koreanisch Bistro & Café address: Neupforte 24, D-52062 Aachen (Note: Kaffeekännchen closed at the end of 2019. The owners have opened a new restaurant with a similar menu. “Sura Koreanisches Essen“, located on Pontstr. 11 is where you can now eat bingsu in Aachen. 🙂 )
Dear readers, if you have any suggestions of other places in Europe where I can try good bingsu, please share with me! & if you enjoyed reading this post, please leave a comment here or on TravellersScoops Facebook page!
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