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Bing guan cau mei.jpg
A plate of bàobīng with strawberries and condensed milk
TypeShaved ice
Place of originChina and Taiwan
Region or stateEast Asia

Baobing (Chinese: 刨冰; pinyin: bàobīng), also known by its Taiwanese Hokkien name Tsuabing (Chinese: 礤冰; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: chhoah-peng),[1] is a shaved ice dessert found in China and Taiwan. It is especially popular during the summer. Baobing was eaten in China as early as the seventh century AD.[2]

The dessert consists of a large mound of ice shavings with various toppings on top. A wide variety toppings exist, but the most common ones include sugar water, condensed milk, adzuki beans, mung beans, and tapioca balls. Fruit are also used according to the season. Mango baobing is typically only available in the summer, while strawberry baobing is available in the winter.

Traditionally, these shavings were created by hand using a large mallet to crush ice or a blade to shave ice. Now, most stores use machines, which result in finer, thinner ice shavings.


  1. ^ "Entry #13026". 臺灣閩南語常用詞辭典 [Dictionary of Frequently-Used Taiwan Minnan] (in Chinese and Hokkien). Ministry of Education, R.O.C. 2011.
  2. ^ "The Americanization of Bao Bing, a Cool, Fruity Asian Treat" New York Times, 7 June 1989

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