How many of you guys are asking, “what the hell is bingsoo” right now? Ha. Bingsoo (otherwise known as snow) is one of Korea’s most popular desserts. It’s made of shaved ice and comes with all sorts of nomtastic toppings. When we were in Korea last year, we had THE most amazing milk snow, and we’ve been craving it ever since. Suffice it to say, we were beyond thrilled to have discovered Snow Cafe.
As you all know, we love trying lesser known places. Now, they’re not always home runs, but that’s the price you pay to find hidden gems in the area. Lucky for us, Snow Cafe was a hit! Located on 9065 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, their cafe was unassuming from the outside, but don’t let that fool you one bit. The interior was super cute, and you honestly won’t find better waffles or korean snow in the area.
Above: Their menu was written on a blackboard, and BTW, we’re still amazed that someone actually wrote that all out. It looks like a freaking font! Who the hell has handwriting that neat? #MindBlown. Below: A close-up shot of one of the many cute decorations they had around the cafe; these are mini-photos of loyal customers, signed and dated.
Now, let’s talk food. We got the following four plates and shared: their Waffle Platter ($7.50), Oh My Chicken Sandwich ($7.49), Matcha Snow Ice ($5.50 for a single, $8.95 for a double), and their Strawberry Banana Waffle ($4.95). Their sandwich was solid, but the waffles + snow ice were standouts.
The waffle platter was SUCH a great deal. For $7.50, we got eggs, two pieces of bacon, a sausage patty, and a Belgian waffle with mango, strawberries, bananas and a touch of powdered sugar. If you’re looking for a place to study or work, head on over to Snow Cafe to kill two birds with one stone. They have free wifi for customers so you can fuel your body while getting your hustle on. This platter’s definitely the best choice for breakfast.
The Oh My Chicken sandwich came with grilled chicken, bacon, cheddar cheese, tomatoes, red onions, spring mix, and garlic aioli on challah bread, and was accompanied by sliced apples. This was definitely enjoyable, but nothing to write home about. We do, however, give them mad props for using super fresh ingredients.
Next up, the strawberry banana waffle and the matcha snow ice. You honestly can’t go wrong with any of their waffles. It’s JUST the right amount of sweet, and the texture is to die for delish. We’re definitely looking forward to going back ASAP to get their nutella waffle. We also hear that their waffle w/ gelato is dope.
Just look at that waffle-y goodness…
…and here’s a close-up pic of our snow ice, topped with corn flakes, mochi (rice cake) and sliced bananas. Although this was refreshingly yummy, we liked their traditional pabbingsu better aka milk snow topped with red bean and mochi. We recommend going with their milk snow because it tastes the best in our opinion.
Alright Nomsters, that’s a wrap! We hope you enjoyed our latest feature on Snow Cafe. FYI, they have a huge parking lot out front so you don’t have to worry about finding a spot, and they also have a great offer up on Yelp! Make sure you take advantage of it by checking into their cafe on the app to get an extra 20% off. We also recommend signing up for their rewards program to get free noms in the future. Happy eating, friends!