MegaBing at Fru-Lala in Dinkytown

Sarah McGee / Heavy Table

Editor’s Note: Fru-Lala is now closed.

There are some things that aren’t meant for the subtlest of palates.

Dinkytown’s Korean-owned (the owner, Gloria Kang, is the daughter of the duo behind Dong Yang) frozen yogurt shop, Fru-Lala, offers one such dessert. The “MegaBing,” as it’s called, is no lavender-scented crème caramel — it’s a massive, multi-person celebration of sugar.

Once a refreshing Korean street food comprising shaved ice and adzuki beans, the dessert (generically known as patbingsu) has since evolved to include frozen yogurt and an elaborate array of toppings, piled high like the results of an ice cream sundae free-for-all. Fruit, cereal, nuts, mochi — anything on offer is fair game.

Sarah McGee / Heavy Table

On a recent visit, we ordered Fru-Lala’s MegaBing ($14) with all the bells and whistles: the maximum four fruits (we chose strawberries, bananas, kiwi, and pineapple), three dried toppings (mochi, nuts, and Fruity Pebbles for a little crunch), the requisite yogurt, red beans, and ice, plus a liberal drizzle of sweetened condensed milk. The yogurt’s pleasant tartness balanced the sweetness of the fresh fruit, while the earthiness of the red beans and an extra squeeze or two of sweetened condensed milk easily rounded out the thin, flat taste of the ice. With their gummy texture and mild, sweet flavor the pieces of mochi proved popular, sought out like marshmallows in a bowl of Lucky Charms. The MegaBing certainly has a lot going on — but if you’re in the mood for a refreshing cacophony of flavors, this bad boy’s your best bet.

If mixing flavors just isn’t your thing, Fru-Lala offers a standard yogurt menu and full espresso bar, and, if you pre-order, panchan (side dishes) from Dong Yang are available for Saturday morning pickup.

…But if you’re like us, you’ll be at your happiest when you’re fishing the last pieces of mochi from the melted, confetti-colored remains of your dessert.

Sarah McGee / Heavy Table

Frozen Yogurt
1315 4th St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55401
OWNER: Gloria Kang
Mon-Sat 12pm-10pm
Sun 12pm-7pm

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Maja Ingeman

The daughter of an artist and a music teacher, Maja spent much of her childhood traveling the country in a rusty old van, attempting to model all of her father’s salable jewelry at the same time, and sampling the many edibles available both on the road and at the art fairs they visited. Though she now lives in Minneapolis, the coffee addiction and love for food that she picked up en route to one of their many destinations never left her. Between marketing work in the medical device industry and poring over the Harvard Business Review, she can typically be found holed up in her kitchen, baking bread every weekend and experimenting in between.

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  1. 4th St SE, not 14th ;)

    (as I type this parked at the side of the road on the 300 block of Garfield – this is my fault, I kept telling myself “but that’s not Dinkytown!” as I drove further and further away …)

  2. howard_child 04/21/2011 Reply

    Why haven’t I heard about this place until now?!??!

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