When it comes to the most refreshing ice cream flavors, red bean might not 
top your list. But as a flavor of Korean bingsoo, the silky bean paste 
shouldn't be missed.

Bingsoo combines shaved ice, fresh fruit and milk for a chilly dessert that 
hovers between custard and fruit ices.

Shilla Bakery specializes in the delicacy. The small local chain offers 10 
different flavors ($7) of the dessert during summer's hottest months.

The most popular flavor is red bean, a heaping bowl of ice with fresh kiwi, 
bananas and melon. The dessert is layered with sweet, nutty azuki bean 
paste and drizzled with sweetened condensed and whole milks.

The ingredients in the bakery's special fruit combinations change 
seasonally. Right now, the fruits are bright and tropical: watermelon, 
mango, strawberries and pineapple.

Afternoon pick-me-ups include green tea bingsoo--which is topped with green 
tea ice cream--or a buzz-inducing coffee ice with coffee ice cream and 
cornflakes. Chocolate and caramel are more good flavors for ice cream 
fiends.

If brain freeze hits, invest in a few of the shop's sweet pastries. Chunks 
of sweet pineapple stud giant slabs of pound cake ($5), while a loaf of 
chestnut bread ($5) makes a thick base for French toast at home.

Shilla Bakery, 7039 Little River Turnpike, Annandale; 703-333-2001
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When it comes to the most refreshing ice cream flavors, red bean might not top your list. But as a flavor of Korean bingsoo, the silky bean paste shouldn't be missed.

Bingsoo combines shaved ice, fresh fruit and milk for a chilly dessert that hovers between custard and fruit ices.

Shilla Bakery specializes in the delicacy. The small local chain offers 10 different flavors ($7) of the dessert during summer's hottest months.

The most popular flavor is red bean, a heaping bowl of ice with fresh kiwi, bananas and melon. The dessert is layered with sweet, nutty azuki bean paste and drizzled with sweetened condensed and whole milks.

The ingredients in the bakery's special fruit combinations change seasonally. Right now, the fruits are bright and tropical: watermelon, mango, strawberries and pineapple.

Afternoon pick-me-ups include green tea bingsoo--which is topped with green tea ice cream--or a buzz-inducing coffee ice with coffee ice cream and cornflakes. Chocolate and caramel are more good flavors for ice cream fiends.

If brain freeze hits, invest in a few of the shop's sweet pastries. Chunks of sweet pineapple stud giant slabs of pound cake ($5), while a loaf of chestnut bread ($5) makes a thick base for French toast at home.

Shilla Bakery, 7039 Little River Turnpike, Annandale; 703-333-2001
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