The texture of Coco's shaved ice is brutally coarse—much more like an American snow cone—but it nails the proper flavor, which is more than you can say for plenty other Malaysian shaved ice in the city.
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Singaporeans escape the heat with a mound of sweetened shaved ice that puts a Snoopy Sno Cone to shame.
If you want to get the proper sno ball experience without compromising your insulin balances for the rest of the day, Beaucoup Juice on Freret Street is a must-visit. The shop has that New Orleans kind of funk: bare concrete floors, good music on the stereo, and psychedelic wall murals that, upon closer inspection, double as menus.
After finding some cans of calamansi lime juice drink at a Malay grocery store, I became a man on a mission: to make my favorite shaved ice at home, calamansi, grass jelly topping, and all.
A refreshing shaved ice topped with light grass jelly and a hit of condensed milk. Orange juice is mixed with lime to approximate the flavor of Southeast Asian calamansi lime.
Great shaved ice can be hard to find beyond the city's Chinatowns or the itinerant Wooly's cart. The Caribbean snoballs from Kafi Dublin's An Icy Introduction are an excellent alternative, with flavors like dark, spicy Peanut Punch and a crisp, refreshing Ginger Beer with a kick.
In addition to the numerous ice cream shops around Seattle, you can find gelato, frozen custard, frozen yogurt, sorbet, shaved ice, and slushes scattered around the city. No need to feel overwhelmed, here's a guide to 11 of our favorites.
Colorful and nostalgic, Sno Cones are must-have chilly treat for this summer heat. We share 7 of our Austin favorites.
You might not know it, but there's something missing in your life, and it comes in a styrofoam cup with a spoon and straw. Snoballs are a Caribbean frozen dessert that will make you forget all about those sad, corn syrupy snow cones of years past, and Kafi Dublin's Noho pop-up stand, An Icy Introduction, does them very well.
Snocones at Handsome Dan's Stand are $4 apiece, and come in flavors like Strawberry, Chocolate Milk, Passion Fruit and Double Berry. Though the creamy chocolate milk comes in as a close second, the Earl Grey Cream is my favorite, coupling a liberal pour of housemade earl grey tea syrup with condensed milk drizzled over the top.
It's hot and all you want is something to cool you down that won't weigh you down. Enter Wooly's Ice. Danny Che, David Sat, and Kenneth Sa are the founders of Wooly's Ice, a Taiwanese and Hawaiian shaved ice stand currently at the South Street Seaport.
As a child, my indulgent self was confused as to why people would order a Snow Cone from the Mr. Softee truck when you could have sundaes, milkshakes, and bars that replicated cartoon characters with gumballs for eyes. Other than the Snow Cone serving as a wet, hydrating "treat", I never felt it belonged with the other sweet and creamy contenders. But a recent visit to Sno Beach in Austin, Texas, could have easily swayed my childhood self.
Disappointed by the meager snowfall we've seen in New York City this winter, I decided that if I can't enjoy snow on the ground, I might as well enjoy it (or a better-tasting lookalike, at least) on my plate.
Making shaved ice using this technique is incredibly easy.
In the days after Thanksgiving's excesses, I find myself craving the sweet simplicity of apple cider. Good apple cider is tart and spicy, with a texture reminiscent not just of the apple but also of the branch it grew on, the tree, the soil, a chilly breeze. Frozen into a solid block and then scraped with a spoon, it becomes snowy and light, the flavor of the fall with the texture of winter.
Frozen into a solid block and then scraped with a spoon, it becomes snowy and light, the flavor of the fall with the texture of winter. Spiked with smooth, oaky dark rum and freshly grated ginger and topped with honey, the composed dessert is a study in autumnal contrast: sweet and tart, crunchy and smooth, icy and warming.
The best part about summer is the search for new icy treats to try, and a good reason to venture out into this kind of heat. Last summer we went for raspados, paletas, and nieves; this year, a completely different (and slightly crazy) icy option has appeared in Flushing's New World Mall. Welcome Snopo to the Queens ice scene—shaved ice on another level.
As with dumplings or meat-on-a-stick, every culinary tradition seems to have its own version of a slushy, ice-based sweet treat, from the audacious, over-the-top Korean patbingsu to the comparatively austere Italian ice. Though the interpretations of these shivery, sugary confections show amazing range, at their core, they share an ability to elevate simple frozen water into refreshing, flavorful summer treasures. Thanks to its tremendous diversity and its extended stretches of warm weather, Los Angeles offers what may be an unmatched opportunity to sample the world of these frosty treats.
Shaved ice in Louisiana is a simple affair of ice and flavored syrup, yet not just any shaved ice joint can produce a cone as fine as Hansen's on Tchoupitoulas Street in New Orleans. Hansen's stainless steel ice-shaving machine is the key to its success. This beast yields shavings of ice as light as snowflakes, finer than any I have tasted before.
After a stressful week, you can't really beat a good old gin and tonic for a little refreshment and relaxation. How, I wondered, could we make a gin and tonic even more refreshing? The answer, of course: freeze it, scrape it, and eat it like a snow cone.