How to Make Baobing: Chinese Shaved Ice Recipe
A towering heap of shaved ice covered in a sweet mixture of condensed milk and various toppings, baobing is a refreshing dessert best enjoyed during a hot summer day. You can learn how to make this traditional Chinese and Taiwanese icy treat with a few tips and your KitchenAid® stand mixer* and Shave Ice Attachment.
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What is baobing?
Baobing, (or Tshuah-ping as known in Taiwan) is a Chinese and Taiwanese shaved ice dessert believed to have been served in China as early as the seventh century. It's served on hot summer days as a mountain of thinly shaved ice with a variety of toppings like fruit, sweet red adzuki beans, green mung beans, tapioca pearls, rice balls and a condensed milk mixture.
Baobing shaved ice recipe
Making this traditional style Chinese shaved ice dessert is a relatively simple process with the help of your KitchenAid® stand mixer and Shave Ice Attachment. Follow these tips to make a deliciously refreshing summer treat that will also satisfy your sweet tooth.
4 to 6 servings, depending on how much ice is used
This recipe outlines some ideas for a traditional-style baobing, but you can choose whatever toppings work best for you.
FOR THE SHAVE ICE:
- At least 4 cups of ice or more
FOR THE SYRUP:
Sweetened condensed milk
Assortment of fruits like mango, lychee, strawberries or rambutan
Sweet red bean paste (homemade or canned)
- KitchenAid® stand mixer
- Shave Ice Maker Attachment
Large reclosable bag
Immersion blender or food processor
20 minutes to cut and assemble toppings
30 minutes cooking time
- 12-24 hours waiting time
12 to 24 hours
STEP 1. PREP ICE FOR SHAVING
Fill your Shave Ice Attachment molds with water and freeze for 12-24 hours. Stock up on ice blocks so that you always have them handy for whenever the mood strikes for an icy dessert. Place in plastic storage bags if keeping for later.
Step 2: Prepare toppings
Cut or dice any fruit you'll be using into bite-sized pieces. If preparing tapioca pearls, follow the instructions per the package and let cool. If preparing a homemade bean paste, you can also make it the night before. Soak and drain the beans and add to a cooking pot with three cups of water and bring to a boil.
Reduce the heat and cook until the beans are soft and bursting.
Use an immersion blender or food processor to roughly blend the beans into a textured puree and cool down completely.
Step 3: Mix milky syrup mixture
In a large bowl, mix together the coconut, whole milk and sweetened condensed milk with a whisk. You'll want a thicker consistency since this will cascade down the ice and saturate the toppings better.
Step 4: Shave the ice
Remove the ice pucks from the freezer and let them sit out until they're glossy. Meanwhile, attach the Shave Ice Attachment to your KitchenAid® stand mixer hub. Once the ice is ready, place an ice puck in the ice cup and secure onto the attachment. Release the lever and turn on high, while holding and turning a bowl underneath to catch the ice shavings as they fall.
Step 5: Assemble the baobing
Use shallow bowls to place a heaping helping of shaved ice that comes to a point. First spread the bean mixture before moving on to other toppings like tapioca, taro, mango, strawberries or grass jelly (if using) and finish off with a generous drizzle of the milky syrup mixture.
KitchenAid® Shave Ice Attachment
Shave Ice is no ordinary frozen treat. Traditionally made by shaving large blocks of ice, its texture is light & fluffy. With the KitchenAid® Shave Ice Attachment it's so easy to create light, fluffy and snow-like shaved ice to elevate a variety of desserts and drinks.
What are some tips for making an authentic baobing recipe?
The traditional version of baobing has mildly sweet flavors, with the sweetness coming from the sweetened condensed milk mixture–add more condensed milk if you want a sweeter and thicker syrup. Cooking the beans at home will add a particularly authentic touch, since this is how it's typically served in China.
What’s the difference between baobing, kakigori and bingsu?
Kakigori is the Japanese version of shaved ice and has a fluffy, snow-like texture as opposed to the thin sheets of baobing. The shaved iced is piled into a cup or bowl and topped with flavored syrups and fruit. Bingsu, on the other hand, originates from Korea and has the same snowy consistency that kakigori has. It's traditionally topped with sweet red beans, rice cakes, fruit, soybean powder and ice cream.
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