Summer is one of the best seasons when people go out in the sun to engage in fun activities, but these fun activities can’t be fun when on an empty stomach. The sun’s heat can also be unbearable, and you will require some dishes to cool down the heat. Below are some of the best unique summer dishes you should try to beat the heat.


Bingsu is a Korean shaved ice dessert with a sweet topping. The topping may include red beans, condensed milk, chopped fruit, and fruit syrup. In the olden days, bingsu was a delicacy for the rich and noble Koreans, as it was hard to get shaved ice due to the lack of modern refrigeration. Many cafes hold launches of new bingsu flavors during summer when demand is high. Bingsu comes in many different flavors and toppings.

Kong gusku

Kong gusku is also a Korean dish of noodles served in icy soya milk soup. The milk is made from soya beans soaked in water for at least 8 hours before being ground and cooked. The noodles are made from wheat flour. The soup tastes savory when added sesame seeds or other nuts. The dish is topped with sliced cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, cooked eggs, and ice cubes to keep it cool.


Mulhoe is a cold, sweet, sour, and spicy dish and is one of Koreans’ most popular dishes. It is made from raw fish and various fresh seafood chopped and put into a tangy broth seasoned with pears, cucumbers, onions, and other fruits and vegetables. It is best-served ice cold to make it more refreshing and satisfying.

Sponge cake with coconut icing

Sponge cake is a fluffy cake that is intensely flavored with a moist and spongy texture with a coconut taste. The coconut icing is made from desiccated coconut. It is an easy homemade coconut cake with an easy recipe that everyone can follow.


Naeng-Jjamppong  is a cold icy version of the expected classic Jjampong dish common in Korean restaurants. This unique summer noodles dish comes with a red frozen soup, and it contains spicy seafood soup, a variety of vegetables, and shellfish.


Makgusku is a traditional Gangwon province specialty noodle salad. The salad is made from cold buckwheat noodles, vegetables, and chicken. Makgusu is served chilled during hot summers with sugar, mustard, sesame, or vinegar. The ingredients of the makgusku were traditionally determined by the restaurant owners. Makgusku, in most cases, is a spicy dish seasoned with hot chili pepper paste.

Mango ice cream

Mango ice cream can be homemade from mangoes, sweetened condensed milk, and whipped cream. The mangoes make it incredibly juicy, adding a luscious creamy texture. The ice cream has a fine texture with a melt-in-your-mouth consistency.

Try Hong Ban Jang’s summer special menu to cool down this summer. Some of these dishes have simple summer recipes that one can follow and prepare at home. They are also fast to make reducing the time spent in the kitchen.


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