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

Eric the Law Student Jul 15, 2006 09:43 PM


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.


  1. Chocolatechipkt Jul 15, 2006 09:56 PM

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

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      Eric the Law Student Jul 16, 2006 12:58 AM

      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. Chocolatechipkt Jul 16, 2006 01:21 AM

        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. DanielK Jul 16, 2006 02:50 AM

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

          1. James G Jul 16, 2006 09:19 PM

            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!

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              Lori D Jul 17, 2006 03:12 PM

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

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                tokay Jul 18, 2006 03:48 AM

                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."

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                  Eric the Law Student Jul 19, 2006 07:42 PM

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


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