COMING SOON TO THE SOURCE OC & DTLA
CEO JOON HYUN-BAEK
GM JONATHAN PARK & CHEF EDEN LIM
MEALTOP BINGSOO CAFE … KEEPING TRADITION AND FINDING FRESHNESS
Established first in 1985 as mom-and-pop business, Mealtop has been serving traditional Korean shaved ice (Bingsoo) all over South Korea. By catching the attention of Hyundai (Korean automotive brand), and one of Korea’s most well-known food critics, Shin Ae Song, Mealtop quickly came into the national spotlight. With their help and dedication to their product, Mealtop has expanded to 20 locations over the last 34 years. Although the core of Mealtop is to conserve tradition, they acknowledge that in order to preserve culture, a coexistence between the history of the cuisine and the ever-changing modern trends is crucial.
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All of Mealtop’s Bingsoo variations include four classic ingredients: shaved ice, red beans, rice cake and condensed milk. The two pieces of rice cake are chewy and full of texture which makes the red bean desert full and complete. The Red Beans provide a traditional rich sweet flavor that can't be copied in any other way and the soft Shaved Ice provides a unique mouthfeel along with a milky flavor. The cast-iron braised sweet-but-savory red beans are the most important aspect, while the other three play equal parts in the taste of Korean tradition. Not only are Red Beans delicious, but they also offer numerous health benefits such as Vitamin B and E while having both the lowest fat content and highest protein content across all types of beans. They’re also said to help with preventing indigestion, maintaining blood sugar and more. All of the flavors come together in harmony and every ingredient is either made in-house using traditional techniques or locally sourced. In addition to the traditional shaved ice, the menu also highlights other shaved ice and desserts such as “rice cake” waffles and fresh fruit shaved ice. And, in recent years, Mealtop launched a new menu like Red Ginseng Bingsoo, Yogurt Bingsoo, O-gok Bingsoo where tradition and modern coexist.
Milk Bingsoo: the original bingsoo of Mealtop
Green Tea Bingsoo: complete with a fresh aftertaste of organic green tea
Coffee Bingsoo: featuring a rich flavor of strong espresso and red beans
Strawberry Bingsoo: with refreshing natural syrup made from fresh strawberries
Fruit Bingsoo: with fresh seasonal fruits
Red Ginseng Bingsoo: provides the perfect harmony of red ginseng and shaved ice
Yogurt Bingsoo: with light yet very sweet yogurt flavors
Five Grains Bingsoo: provides the aromatic flavors of five-grains powders
All photos above courtesy of Mealtop
THE SOURCE OC, BREA
6940 Beach Boulevard, Suite C311
Buena Park, CA 90621
450 S Western Ave. Suite 308
Los Angeles CA 90020
Hours of Operation: Daily
Monday - Sunday, 10:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Menu Pricing: $
Seating: Indoor & Outdoor Seating