Ever wondered what it's like to eat a cloud?
Come on, I know you have. How about when you're sat in a plane looking out the window, or lying on a blanket outside finding cats, dinosaurs and narwhals in the clouds? It's crossed your mind. You've wondered what that the consistency would be like.
Well, it has to be something like bingsu, one of the most delicious desserts in the world.
I cannot believe I've only just discovered bingsu. You guys know I can be prone to hyperbole when I'm enthusiastic and excited about something, but seriously - bingsu rocks.
I know what you're thinking. What the hell is bingsu, Amy!?
Bingsu is a Korean dessert dating back to the Joseon Dynasty (1392 – 1897, in case you didn't know). It's so good because of the fluffy, cloud-like texture achieved by shaving ice very very finely and packing it lightly together to form a big sphere. Traditionally, it's doused in syrup or flavoured milk and topped with fruit or red beans. But they put much more exciting things on top of bingsu these days.
Bingsu at Cheevit Cheeva in Chiang Mai is special.
They don't shave ice at Cheevit Cheeva. They shave milk-ice, and that makes it more melty and delicious than you ever thought possible. Six friends and I ordered the Chocolate Lava bingsu and the Strawberry Cheesecake bingsu. The milky-white spheres are served with fruit, tasty treats, a side-serving of sauce and/or cream on top... AND INSIDE.
I felt like I was excavating at an archaeological dig-site.
The Choco-Lava one was topped with whipped cream and cocoa powder, served with chocolate sauce to pour on top and when we excavated we discovered more chocolate sauce and coco-pops hidden inside! The Strawberry Cheesecake one was sooooo creamy, and came with strawberries on top, strawberry sauce and something kind of like cornflakes/biscuits inside.
Cheevit Cheeva is in the trendy Nimmanhaemin area, and was full when we arrived - we were lucky to get a table. The cafe design was white, airy and with that stylish, cozy-industrial atmosphere that's so popular in Chiang Mai. You can sit outside or in - I recommend in, so your bingsu doesn't melt in the Thai heat.
Here's a map to Cheevit Cheeva: