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Chinese Shaved Ice

Our detailed recipe for Baobing, a tower of Chinese shaved ice topped with red bean, mung bean, tapioca pearls, rice balls, and sweetened condensed milk!
Prep Time12 hrs
Cook Time1 hr 30 mins
Total Time13 hrs 30 mins
Course: Dessert and Sweet Stuff
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: chinese shaved ice
Servings: 4
Author: Kaitlin


  • Manual Ice Shaving Machine or Blender


For the red bean mixture:

  • 1 cup dried red adzuki beans (8 oz./225g, soaked overnight)
  • 1/4 cup sugar (50g, or to taste)
  • 3 cups water (710 ml)
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

For the mung bean mixture:

  • 1 cup dried mung beans (8 oz./225g, soaked overnight)
  • 1/4 cup sugar (50g, or to taste)
  • 3 cups water (710 ml)
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Other toppings:


Make the Red Adzuki Bean & Mung Bean Mixtures

  • Drain the soaked beans and transfer the red beans and mung beans to two separate pots. Add 3 cups of fresh water to each.
  • Bring both pots to a boil. For the red adzuki bean mixture, reduce the heat and simmer for 1 hour. It depends a little bit on the soaking time and the age of the beans. For the green mung bean soup, simmer for 20-30 minutes, until the beans are tender and breaking open.
  • When the beans look soft and broken down, use an immersion blender to blend just ½ cup of each bean soup into a puree. Then add the puree back to the pots. Cool completely before using. I made mine one day ahead of time and let it chill overnight. If you do this, you may need to loosen the red bean mixture with some water the next day, as the adzuki beans can be quite starchy.

Prepare Ice for Shaving

  • Freeze ice in molds that came with your ice shaving machine.

Prepare Toppings

  • Cook the tapioca pearls in separate small pots per package instructions. For the dried white tapioca pearls, use these instructions. The white tapioca pearls can be slightly tricky to cook, but the black tapioca pearls (the ones in the packages that say, “Ready in 5 Minutes”) cook quickly, so feel free to only use those if you prefer. 
  • Prepare the glutinous rice balls per our recipe. We had some set aside in the freezer, so all we had to do was boil them and cool them under running water.
  • Next, prepare the milk mixture by mixing the 3 milks together. You can opt to use all coconut milk, or all dairy milk if you prefer one over the other. As for the condensed milk, this is where most of the sweetness comes from, and the thicker the milk mixture, the better it’ll be over the ice.

Assemble the Shaved Ice

  • Shave the ice and heap it into a big tower in a shallow bowl. You may need to shave the ice into a smaller bowl than what you’ll serve it in. If you need to move ice around, just be sure to move quickly!
  • Using a spoon, drip the red bean and mung bean mixtures down the sides of the ice tower in alternating columns. Then, place the boba, tapioca, and glutinous rice balls around the base of the ice tower. Finally, pour the milk mixture over the top, letting it soak into the ice and flow down the sides. 
  • One serving of this shaved ice takes about 1 cup of shaved ice, as much of the bean mixtures and toppings as you want, and ½-⅔ cup milk. Go by your own preferences and build them how you like!