[Closed] Bing Bian – An Affair With Taiwanese Shaved Ice

   

[Updated] Bing Bian is closed.

Selling cold desserts should always work in hot hot Singapore, and what’s more with the sudden popularity of Taiwanese shaved ice and glass jelly desserts. Bing Bian 冰变 with the tagline “an affair with ice” is another Taiwanese-style shaved ice dessert place that has gained some notice recently. (Read: Blackball at Star Vista)

I am a huge fan of Taiwanese desserts, and that includes all kinds of ‘chua bing’ (shaved iced “Hong dou! Da hong dou! Yu tou. Chua chua chua…”), taro balls and beancurd. So I am VERY particular when it comes to yu yuan (taro ball) desserts. Just feel like flying over just thinking about it. (Read: Dong Qu Fen Yuan at Taipei and Anping Bean Jelly at Tainan)

The owners Boon Tuck and Gary said that they loved the yu yuan in Jiufen so much that they wanted to recreate it. I am amazed with the amount of effort and time they put into R&D, because they did not simply just buy off any recipe with money, but learnt to make it through months of experimenting.

The Yu Yuan series ($4.90 per owl) comes with shavings of different flavours such as soya, peanut, sesame, taro, green tea and red bean.

The interesting thing is most shops would shave the ice on the spot, while theirs is already shaved, flavoured and placed into containers. Yes, you order them as you would an ice cream, in which the ice would be scooped and placed into a bowl. Fascinatingly, the shaved ice still remains smooth and not-clumpy.

Perhaps it was because I am too used to the traditional Taiwanese style of desserts, Bing Bian’s version caught me by surprise. While their yu yuan actually tastes quite close to the ones I had in Taiwan, the entire combination felt let down by some of the ingredients and flavours. I really feel to do this well, every single ingredient has to be spot on.

Which is why I feel they should focus on their Fruit Series ($4.90) which is so much better, and more unique to them. The Calamansi Ice is very refreshing, slightly tangy and provides a ‘kick’ you would need for a lethargic afternoon, coming topped with fresh calamansi, fried cranberries, jelly and almond flakes.

My foodie friend Melody loved the Mango Ice Set, especially the ‘mango pops’ that creates a, well, popping sensation as you ‘play’ with them in your mouth.

Many people sweat too easily, and main relieve is to hide at some air-conditioned mall and grab an ice-cold drink or dessert. I think Bing Bian has what it takes, after some refinement and perhaps focusing on more real-fruity desserts. Who knows, if shaved ice is going to be the next Singapore food craze?

To cater to the lunch time crowd, Bing Bian has just introduced local Nasi Lemak bento sets which include Chicken Rendang ($5.90), Mutton Rendang ($6.90), Beef Rendang ($6.90) and Fish Sambal ($5.90).

Moreover, there is a special “3 Free 1” promotion where you can purchase 3 Combo meals and get 1 set free, or 3 Ice sets in which 1 dessert comes free. (Till 29th Jan, weekday after 6pm)

Bing Bian 冰变 An Affair With Ice
Millenia Walk 9 Raffles Boulevard #01-105 (Promenade MRT) Singapore 039596, Tel: +65 6337 1391
Opening Hours: 11am-9pm (Mon-Sat), 11am-8pm (Sun)
Also at: Peace Centre #01-39/43 Singapore 228149 (Dhoby Gaut MRT) Tel: +65 6338 9475

Other Taiwanese Entries
Blackball (Star Vista)
Hot Star Fried Chicken (City Square Mall)
I Love Taimei (Bugis Village)
Xi Men Ding (Vivocity)
Sophisca (Taiwan)

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75 Responses to “[Closed] Bing Bian – An Affair With Taiwanese Shaved Ice”

  1. March 5, 2013 at 11:34 am #

    My Favourite Shaved Ice Dessert is Ice Kachang? With LOADS of Red Bean !! ^^

  2. March 5, 2013 at 4:19 am #

    My fav is mango ice set! Yum yum
    samnlk@hotmail.com

  3. Shenny
    March 5, 2013 at 12:19 pm #

    Mango Ice Set for me please!!!! SLURP! !

  4. Tan Li Charng
    March 5, 2013 at 12:22 pm #

    Mango ice!

  5. eddy
    March 5, 2013 at 12:25 pm #

    Mango Ice Set

  6. March 5, 2013 at 12:52 pm #

    Mango Iceeeeeeeeee <3 with load of mangos!

  7. Jandy Tan
    March 5, 2013 at 12:53 pm #

    Liked and shared on fb! UN: Jandy Tan

    My favorite is calamansi ice :)

    shoppinggummies@gmail.com

  8. Gryphon Tee
    March 5, 2013 at 1:25 pm #

    My favourite = Calamansi Ice!

  9. Daphne Gal
    March 5, 2013 at 1:52 pm #

    Mango Ice Set 😉

  10. Winston Teo
    March 5, 2013 at 3:50 pm #

    Mango Ice Set

  11. March 5, 2013 at 9:50 am #

    My favourite is The Calamansi Ice. :)
    yeucharnglai@yahoo.com.sg

  12. March 5, 2013 at 10:20 am #

    My favourite is Yu Yuan Series. ^ o,^/
    ericatansl@yahoo.com.sg

  13. menMen Ang
    March 5, 2013 at 6:49 pm #

    I would like to top it with overflowing of mango pops. Popping them into the throat on a hot melting noon would be perfect! <3

  14. FoodieFC
    March 5, 2013 at 10:36 pm #

    Its the Mango Ice Set!

  15. March 5, 2013 at 2:38 pm #

    My favourite is the Mango ice set
    lyrennaloh@hotmail.com

  16. Feng Chen
    March 5, 2013 at 10:42 pm #

    Fruit Series

  17. Ong Pei Wen
    March 5, 2013 at 3:07 pm #

    My favourite is Yu Yuan Series!
    /drools all over.
    snowyhusky246@gmail.com

  18. Pei Wen
    March 5, 2013 at 11:08 pm #

    My favourite is Yu Yuan Series!!!
    /drools all over

  19. March 5, 2013 at 4:25 pm #

    The Yu Yuan series.
    coldkohmew@hotmail.com

  20. Wenny Ow
    March 6, 2013 at 1:24 am #

    Love the Mango Pops so it’s gotta be Mango Ice Set for me!

  21. Jacky Chung
    March 6, 2013 at 8:19 am #

    My favorite is the Yu Yuan series. Red bean & green tea shavings (Y)!!!

  22. esther
    March 6, 2013 at 8:33 am #

    Red bean & green tea shavings

  23. Lim Eng Keat
    March 6, 2013 at 1:54 am #

    My favourite is Mango Ice Set, especially the ‘mango pops’ that creates a, well, popping sensation. lim_eng_keat@hotmail.com

  24. March 6, 2013 at 11:44 am #

    My favourite is Mango Ice Set because it is cooling and sensational filling with a heavy doses of magic flavour

  25. March 6, 2013 at 5:43 am #

    My favourite is Mango Ice Set.
    laitongping@yahoo.com.sg

  26. Rosemarry
    March 6, 2013 at 4:59 pm #

    My favourite is The Yu Yuan series! Yumm yumm!

  27. Yan Ling
    March 6, 2013 at 9:42 pm #

    The yu Yuan series!! Taro Shaved Ice!!!

  28. Zen
    March 7, 2013 at 7:56 pm #

    I would really love to try the Yu Yuan series because it has all the yummy sweet bits and goodness in one wholesome bowl! 😀 Yeah!

  29. March 8, 2013 at 11:48 am #

    PICK ME!!!

    i’m awfully torn between Calamansi Ice and Mango Ice Set because both are equally unique with a refreshing twist! Perhaps I should just try both and share them with the boyfriend! After all, no one can ever resist chilled desserts on a Sunny island. 😀

    email: jesslynfong@gmail.com

  30. Alexial
    March 8, 2013 at 1:29 pm #

    Mango Ice Set for the pop!

  31. Cindy
    March 8, 2013 at 1:31 pm #

    gotta be mango ice set!

    cindyc29@yahoo.com

  32. Veralynn Tan
    March 8, 2013 at 1:38 pm #

    My Favourite Shaved Ice Dessert is The Yu Yuan Series!

  33. Jacky Choi
    March 8, 2013 at 1:44 pm #

    Liked & Shared! My Favourite Shaved Ice Dessert is The Yu Yuan Series!

  34. Sasha
    March 8, 2013 at 1:46 pm #

    My fav is Mango Ice Set.

  35. Oh Lye Choon
    March 8, 2013 at 1:56 pm #

    My favourite is Mango Ice Set

  36. Keax Liao
    March 8, 2013 at 2:01 pm #

    My favorite would be the Yu Yuan series. :) <3
    achromatism@gmail.com

  37. Leena Soh
    March 8, 2013 at 2:02 pm #

    Yummy calamansi ice!!!!

  38. Freda Tan
    March 8, 2013 at 2:04 pm #

    Mango ice

  39. Gavin Tan
    March 8, 2013 at 2:17 pm #

    Mango Ice Set for my mangolicious crave:)

  40. Judy
    March 8, 2013 at 2:37 pm #

    I LOVE Mango Ice Set!!!! :)

  41. Rosemarry
    March 8, 2013 at 2:48 pm #

    Liked & Shared! My Favourite Shaved Ice Dessert is The Yu Yuan Series!

  42. Tony Ong
    March 8, 2013 at 3:26 pm #

    Mango Ice

    Email : tonyong88@gmail.com

  43. Scott tan
    March 8, 2013 at 3:29 pm #

    Any of the Yu Yuan series owls please 😀 ($4.90 per owl)

    like and shared

  44. Ensel Chua
    March 8, 2013 at 3:35 pm #

    Yu yuan series is the best:)

    ensel_chua@yahoo.com

  45. Seline Bong
    March 8, 2013 at 4:20 pm #

    mango ice set is my favouriate shaved ice desset.

  46. Angie
    March 8, 2013 at 4:28 pm #

    My fav is the Durian Set!

  47. Joeanne
    March 8, 2013 at 4:58 pm #

    My favourite is The Yu Yuan series

    Email : joeanneshim@hotmail.com

  48. Alan
    March 8, 2013 at 5:12 pm #

    My favourite is Mango Ice Set !

    Email : alantanchoonchai72@gmail.com

  49. weiR
    March 8, 2013 at 6:47 pm #

    Would definitely wish to win the Mango Ice set that my girlfriend is gonna love so so much! <3

  50. eddy khoo
    March 8, 2013 at 7:04 pm #

    Mango ice!

  51. Jessie Sng
    March 8, 2013 at 7:22 pm #

    Mango Ice Set.

  52. March 8, 2013 at 8:07 pm #

    Fruits set

  53. March 8, 2013 at 8:10 pm #

    Fruit set

  54. edwin
    March 8, 2013 at 8:23 pm #

    Durian Set!

  55. Pei Chwen
    March 8, 2013 at 8:31 pm #

    My favourite is the Mango Ice Set.

  56. Jane Lee
    March 8, 2013 at 8:36 pm #

    Mango ice!

  57. elaine
    March 8, 2013 at 8:38 pm #

    mango ice set

  58. Kamen
    March 8, 2013 at 10:16 pm #

    Mango ice set!

  59. Jovinne Sham
    March 8, 2013 at 11:04 pm #

    Calamansi Ice! Good for refreshing in this hot weather!

  60. March 9, 2013 at 12:09 am #

    Durian Set! 😀

  61. Bridget
    March 9, 2013 at 3:00 am #

    I love the Yu Yuan in Jiufen too, hence their Yu yuan series appeal to me!
    Email: bridgetpeh@yahoo.com

  62. Hazel
    March 9, 2013 at 7:31 pm #

    loved the Mango Ice Set

  63. David
    March 9, 2013 at 7:50 pm #

    My favourite is Yu Yuan Series

  64. Jessica NHT
    March 9, 2013 at 8:13 pm #

    Mango Ice Set

  65. Siew Gek
    March 9, 2013 at 11:13 pm #

    mango ice set :)

  66. Sarina Lim
    March 10, 2013 at 1:02 pm #

    Yu Yuan series! Yummy!

  67. Chin Ming
    March 10, 2013 at 1:16 pm #

    Mango Ice Set!!!

  68. March 10, 2013 at 2:28 pm #

    Yu Yuan Series (Peanut Ice Set)
    This bowl of goodness contains all my favourite chewy-tables! Would never have thought how peanut shaved ice and taro+sweet potato balls make such good marriage….. It’s just so divine.

    (pick me maybe?)
    ^^

  69. Siewhui
    March 10, 2013 at 6:48 pm #

    I love to try the taro balls!!! Want it so badly!! :) retweeted on fb and twitter!!

  70. Siewhui
    March 10, 2013 at 10:58 pm #

    Would love to try the Yu yuan series!!! Totally in love with taro balls!!! Can’t wait to try them and win some vouchers ^.^

  71. March 11, 2013 at 3:10 pm #

    liked and shared!

    would love to try the taro balls! 😀

    thx thx

  72. admin
    March 12, 2013 at 9:25 am #

    Congrats to MenMen Ang, L Yu Xiu Lyrenna, Koh Jun Jie Jason, Ong Pei Wen, Keax Liao, Alan Tan Choon Chai, Jovinne Sham, Cheryl Phoebe, Jandy Tan, Apple (Sugary Apples), Jocelyn Dandan, Jennie Cat, Michhysaurous BelleBelle, Fu Qizhuang, Jacky Choi, Dave Lim, Chin Oi Lin, Claudia Ng, Lim Yingyan, Clarissa Wong,

    You have each won a Bing Bian voucher which can redeem two iced sets and two drinks! Please email DanielFoodDiary@gmail.com with your Name, Add and Subject Heading “Bing Bian”.

    Congrats and have a cool day everyone!

  73. Wei
    March 13, 2013 at 12:01 am #

    of course the yu yuan series! 😀

  74. Jason
    March 13, 2013 at 1:19 am #

    Thanks for picking and say hi to Melody~

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