Frozen persimmon and red bean dessert

by Andy Hume
Groove Korea
As summer gets ever more sweltering, the natural temptation is to seek refuge in an air-conditioned café. Up in Seokchon, the village-like district to the north and west of Gyeongbokgung Palace, sits Noshi’s Table.
This delightful place is as much shop as café, with beautiful traditional brass dishes and bowls on the shelves for you to peruse while you wait for your choice of drinks and sweets.
Their standout dessert is a dish of semi-frozen persimmon with a generous spoonful of sweetened red bean in the center – a perfect antidote for hot, humid afternoons – but you can also get a cooling watermelon sherbet or even a more traditional patbingsu, served in brass bowls like Impressionist still life paintings.

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