Shades of Shave Ice: Get Your Bingsu Two Ways in Ke‘eaumoku
Freshly pulled espresso lends a twist to traditional Korean shave ice while seasonal fruit is the way to go at Ala Moana Center.
Editor’s note: With the pending redevelopment of this stretch of Ke‘eaumoku Street, En Hakkore closed in early 2022.
Shades of Shave Ice explores the rainbow of expressions of our favorite summertime treat. From its ethnic origins to farm-fresh flavors and must-have toppings, we’re spotlighting O‘ahu’s shave ice scene one or two shops at a time.
In the third episode of Shades of Shave Ice, we’re on the hunt for bingsu: Korea’s take on shave ice. Our search takes us to En Hakkore in 88 Pal Pal Supermarket, where just past the fashion department you’ll find a traditional take on bingsu with a twist. Amongst the chatter and gossip, we take a breather from the hustle and bustle of Honolulu to share our bingsu and a moment. Next, we head to the ground floor of Ala Moana Center for Jejubing, a modern cafe that tops their shave ice with watermelon, Oreo cookies and tiramisu. With K-pop bumping in the expansive seating area, we try a juicy seasonal flavor that flashes us back with serious food memories.
$9.99 to $12.99, open Monday to Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., 825 Ke‘eaumoku St; $7.95 to $10.95, open Monday to Saturday, from 12 to 8 p.m. and Sunday, 12 to 7 p.m., 1450 Ala Moana Boulevard, Ste. 1201, @jejubingdessertcafe
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