Monday, August 25, 2008

A new attitude

Today was a blah day, again. School and then I took Hannah to HomeEver. Nothing really exciting about that.
What was exciting about today was that I had patbingsu. Patbingsu is a very popular dessert in South Korea during the summer months.
This snack is composed of ice shavings and sweetened azuki beans (known as 팥, or pat). It initially began as a mixture of hand shaved ice and sweetened azuki beans. It was sold by street vendors. These days it has become a very elaborate summer dessert, often topped with ice cream or frozen yogurt, sweetened condensed milk, fruit syrups, various fruits such as strawberries, kiwifruit, and bananas, small pieces of tteok (rice cake), chewy jelly bits, and cereal flakes.
Mine had ice shavings, pat, sweetened condensed milk. fruit and tteok. We bought it at a little coffee shop that is downstairs from my school. It is a fancy dessert and was somewhat expensive at $5.50. But Jody and I split it because it is a bigger dessert. The picture is not my own, but ours looked a lot like this one.


jilllenz said...

what's an azuki bean? Is it like a vanilla bean? or coffee bean? or cocoa bean? Seems quiet here since Matt is off to college. Things are still pretty crazy. Hopefully after Labor Day it will calm down! Our first tournament is Friday at Shirkey. #1 plays her own ball, #2 and #3 play best ball, and #4 and #5 scramble. It's a nice format for the first tournament/match of the season. Well better go grade some papers!

Love, Mom

Amanda Lenz said...

Mom, adzuki bean; A small, dried, russet-colored bean with a sweet flavor. Adzuki beans can be purchased whole or powdered at Asian markets.
They are small, reddish-brown beans, rounded in shape with a point at one end. They have a strong, nutty, sweet flavour, and are much used in the macrobiotic diet, because as Eunice Farmilañt says in Macrobiotic Cooking they are "the most yang of Beans". They probably originate from China, and are imported from China and Thailand where they are harvested in November and December. In the Orient, adzuki beans are usually cooked to a red soft consistency and served with such ingredients as coconut milk. They are also cooked with rice, their bright colour tinting the rice an attractive pink, as in the Japanese, Red-cooked Festival Rice. In the East it's also common to find, adzuki beans sweetened with sugar and made into cakes and sweetmeats.
On the golf tourny, that is a pretty neat format, i wish we did things like that when I was on the team...Anyway,is the quietness as at welcomed or do you miss us all? Be good to the students! Love you, Amanda