Vancouver Foodster Iced Summer Drink Challenge Results Are In

Judges’ Choice
“Always Summer In Thailand” from Ban Chok Dee/Food By Fanta

For the last month Vancouver Foodster and readers have been searching for their favourite entry in the Iced Summer Drink Challenge, and the results are in. Finding that perfect way to beat the summer heat has been a pleasure as the media judges and public tasted the four entries.

Vancouver Foodster challenged cafes and restaurants around Metro Vancouver to create their best iced drink for the summer, and they came up with a diverse line-up of chilled drinks.

Judges’ Choice
“Hojocha Herbucha” –
Paragon Tea Room

As with all of Vancouver Foodster’s food challenges, the panel of media judges including myself, Regina Ip (@pigoutyvr) and Shelley Hayashi (@shelleyhayashi) tasted all of the entries and independently voted for the Judges’ Choice Best Iced Summer Drink. The public is also invited to try any or all of the entries, then vote for their selection to claim the title of People’s Choice Iced Summer Drink.

People’s Choice
“Badass Brownie Epic Shake” – Firecrust Custom Salads + Pizzas

With such a varied selection of drinks to sample the voting was tough, resulting in a very close race. The Judges Choice came out in a tie for the top spot with the entry from Ban Chok Dee Thai & Food By Fanta – Always Summer In Thailand in a tie for first place with Paragon Tea Room’s Hojicha Herbucha. The People’s Choice resulted in the Badass Brownie Epic Shake from Firecrust Custom Salads + Pizzas Vancouver and Langley locations.

For the full details of the drinks and all the results of the Iced Summer Drink Challenge online at

Friday Find : Bing Soo

With the hot temperatures we all look for unique ways to cool down, ice cream parlours and gelaterias are lined up out the door, patios are filled with cool brew drinkers, and caffeine junkies turn to frappuccinos for their daily fix.


Billy has introduced me to my new, cool 2015 summer sensation – Bing Soo or Bingsu, simply Korean Shaved Ice. But this is far from your run of the mill slushy or snowcone, sure it starts with similar crushed or shaved ice chips but there is so much more to this dessert.

Strawberry Bingsoo
Strawberry Bingsu

The original, Patbingsu (translated: red beans with ice) is usually crushed ice, condensed milk, red beans and crushed cereal or nuts. Really bingsu can be any combination of crushed ice, with sweet toppings, often a scoop of ice cream, fruit, syrup and cereal.  Locally we’ve seen it at Dae Ji Cutlet House and H Mart on Robson, options include a traditional Patbingsu, with red beans, and a fruit version; strawberry or fruit cocktail toppings.

Look up #bingsoo on Instagram and you’ll see just how creative some establishments are at creating toppings for their bingsoo desserts.

This summer, then the heat is on, look for bing soo in a restaurant near you, it’ll be sure to cool you down!