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Jul 14, 2006 06:06 PM

Taiwanese Shaved Ice + Bread

Two questions:

First, I was wondering if anyone could recommend to me the best place(s) to go for Taiwanese shaved ice. This is the dessert that uses sweet beans, evaporated milk, etc. My understanding is that most of these establishments that provide the Taiwanese shaved ice requires cash. Is that right?

Second, my mother mentioned to me there is this Chinese restaurant in possibly Monterey Park that has this amazing bread. I guess it's an appetizer of sort. It's basically a big baked loaf of bread that is shared. I'm not sure what my mother is referring to, since I've not had it and I thought it was unusual for Asians to have a bread appetizer. Does anyone know what my mother is referring to? If so, where might I get this bread? Which restaurant? (My mom doesn't know the name of the restaurant, and she forgot the exact location, but thinks it might be in the strip mall with 99 Ranch Market, Sam Woo, etc.).

Thank you for any recommendations/suggestions you can give me.

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  1. I like the shaved ice at SinBaLa (in Arcadia) or at QQ (in Temple City).

    As to the bread, you've got to be more specific ...

    1. I think the best shaved ice is at Shau May on Atlantic and Garvey. They have tons of toppings including sweet beans (big, small, red, green) and taro (my favorite!). They also have condensed milk added on top for an additional 25 cents. I don't know if they only take cash, but it's likely.

      The shaved ice at Noodle Planet is also pretty good. I think Noodle Planet is on Valley and right across from Garden Cafe. It's Noddle something... There you have the option of adding coconut milk to your shaved ice which addes to the flavor A LOT! They also have your basic mix-ins. They take cash.

      As for the bread place, sounds like the Islamic restaurant in the Ranch 99 plaza on Valley. I think it might be called San Gabriel plaza... I don't know the name of the restaurant, but it's near the entrance and around the corner from Tapioca Express... or right across from the Sam Woo express... It's the green onion bread covered with sesame seeds, right?

      Good luck!

      6 Replies
      1. re: AlwayzHungry

        yep, shau may is cash only. i was just there last weekend enjoying the bao bing in the blistering heat.

        1. re: AlwayzHungry

          i believe the restaurant you are referring to is tung lai shun, an islamic-chinese restaurant. these freshly baked sesame breads with scallions intermixed are great on their own or used to eat dipped in sauce of various dishes (lamb with scallions, etc.).

          140 west valley blvd (in the big complex with the Ranch 99)

          1. re: huckleberry

            Tun Lai Shun is closed ... been closed for about 2 months now.

            1. re: ipsedixit

              Actually I went by there 2 weeks ago and the place is still called Tung Lai Shen and it's open. They have a different menu but it still has lamb with leeks and the sesame bread on the menu. I didn't stop to eat though and the place was empty.

          2. re: AlwayzHungry

            Shau May is on Garfield and Garvey, not Atlantic -- and it DOES have the best shaved ice, and it is cash only.

            The bread in question can be had at China Islamic restaurant on Garvey between Del Mar and New, I believe. I haven't had it in ages.

            1. re: Das Ubergeek

              China Islamic (7727 Garvey Ave., Rosemead, (626) 288-4246) has delicious baked scallion sesame bread.

          3. Thank you to ipsedixit and AlwayzHungry for your recommendations. These sound great!

            As for the bread, I'm going to have to ask my mother for more details. I thought it might be just a plain baked bread that is slightly sweet. But the Asian breads tend to be quite light, particularly the "flesh" part, whereas the American types of bread tend to be heavier and not as sweet. I think the appearance of the bread is simply a loaf of bread that is baked/browned, and sliced. It's supposed to be a bit flaky, I believe.

            The green onion bread with sesame seeds that you refer to above, I think those types of bread tend to be steamed, because they always have a white appearance, as opposed to a baked brown appearance.

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            1. re: Pamela

              no i think u are thinking of those thread like white rolls. which comes in steamed, but the flat sesame bread is islamic and much bigger.

            2. No, no. The bread I am thinking about should NOT be white on the outside or white all over. Nor should it be completely soft all over. Since the bread I'm referring to is baked, it should be brown and crisp on the outside only, but soft and white on the inside. I honestly don't know what it is called, but I do remember eating something like this either in Taiwan or Malaysia, but that was so long ago.

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              1. re: Pamela

                It's still called something like "sesame bread", it is brown and crisp(ish) on the outside and soft on the inside, and it is available at China Islamic -- it's their speciality.

              2. For what it's worth, this sesame bread, aka 'da bing', is also baked at Earthen Restaurant in Hacienda Heights. This restaurant also has great dumplings and soups.

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                1. re: chica

                  is earthen a northern style establishment? or a chinese muslim restaurant?

                  1. re: swindledestron

                    I also like the mu shu pork there... very tasty! :D

                    1. re: AlwayzHungry

                      I guess that answers your question, swindledestron -- an Islamic place wouldn't serve pork.