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It's hot outside...any bao bing in DC??

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I am in need of some bao bing, the shaved ice dessert ubiquitous in Taipei (I think the Taiwanese name for it is swa bing - and that's a terrible spelling, by the way). If anyone could fill me in on this one, I would be absolutely thrilled.


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  1. There's probably more than I'm aware of, but I did pass a shaved ice stand outside the Barnes & Noble bookstore in Bethesda.

    1. Hmm...I'll have to check that out. Was it the Taiwanese/Chinese style with condensed milk and taro, etc.?

      Right after I posted this I actually went to Eden Park, the Vietnamese shopping place near East Falls Church, and I found the Vietnamese version!

      They don't use as much ice - more beans and tapioca - but it was basically just what I wanted. It's in some place called "Only Tofu" (I think). The sign is in Vietnamese, and I don't think there was an English translation. It's on the left as you drive in, about 1/3 of the way back.


      1. Nah, I don't think it wasn't anything like that -- literally just shaved ice and flavorings, I think. I have seen it somewhere else, but I can't think of where now! I'll be back when I remember. Glad you found some today. :)

        1. Bob's Noodle 66 has EXACTLY what you're looking for. It's a first rate Taiwanese restaurant in Rockville.

          1. Bob's is indeed the place to go for bao bing, and as far as I know it's the only place in the area that serves it. Funnily, I was just talking yesterday about going there specifically for the bao bing, but could not remember the name of the dish in Chinese, so thanks for the help!

            1. I believe that Temari Cafe in Rockville has the Japanese version of this.

              1. I think Kopitiam at Dupont Circle has it (they have the old hand cranked machine at the bar). Otherwise, Penang in Bethesda also sells the same thing. Ask for "ice kacang" or "ABC."

                1. EXCELLENT. Thank you guys so much - it's off to Bob's for dessert tonight!!