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Taiwanese Ice at Taiwan Cafe

BJK Jul 23, 2006 02:02 AM

My DC & I ordered the Taiwanese Ice one night last summer (or was it the summer before?) on a lark, as we love just about everything we ever order at Taiwan Cafe. We loved it, too, and then ordered it again with a bigger party to discover we were the only ones loving it.

So, when we saw the sign on the wall of specials announcing its return, it was with a hint of trepidation that we ordered it again. This time the whole group loved it.

I don't recall having read any other posts on the topic, so in short, Taiwanese ice seems to me to basically be a giant snow cone, only instead of fruit syrup, it's loaded with sweetened condensed milk, taro, red beans, stewed peanuts, and an assortment of jellies. Frankly, it looks disgusting, but boy is it cool, sweet, and refreshing.

Highly recommended.


  1. Dib Jul 23, 2006 04:44 PM

    I've had this in northeastern Taiwan; ingredients included raw egg, red beans, crushed peanuts, and raisins. They call it "truckers' ice"--apparently truckers eat a lot of it--also "missionaries' ice". The early missionaries invented it (so I was told) because they needed protein to make the hike across those mountains on their way to convert the natives. Glad to hear that I can get this dessert much closer to home.

    1. yumyum Jul 23, 2006 05:15 PM

      I've always heard it called ABC. And boy, does it suck.

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      1. re: yumyum
        9lives Jul 23, 2006 11:17 PM

        I think we were there together when they started serving it...and they gave us a free sample.

        We were polite enough to choke it down but I didn't much care for it either..

        Different strokes for different folks..:)

        1. re: 9lives
          Rubee Jul 24, 2006 07:45 PM

          Hey - I liked it! ;)

          And I think we had a variation at Penang too.

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        stomachofsteel Jul 23, 2006 11:03 PM

        My Taiwanese ex-girlfriend introduced me to this stuff -- and used to make me order it in Mandarin from the store in Flushing where we used to eat it. It took some getting used to, but I like it. I didn't know Taiwan Cafe had it -- another excuse to go back (like I need one).

        1. galleygirl Jul 23, 2006 11:40 PM

          I think it's better if you can control your ingredients...there was a place in Flushing that let you choose them. I wonder if you could do that at TC? I had condensed milk, corn, and peanuts, and it was better that the "All in One" that we had at TC...i just don't like the jellies.

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          1. re: galleygirl
            BJK Jul 24, 2006 12:27 AM

            It may depend on your server. When we first had it, they asked us which toppings we wanted (as if we knew any better!). Each of the subsequent times we've had it, they've served it with all of the toppings without asking.


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            mchang Jul 24, 2006 02:53 AM

            Hilarious. I am actually eating some right now at home. I second the "control your ingredients" notion. I really only like red bean and condensed milk on top of my shaved ice.

            Super easy to make at home, btw.

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              secretlyironic Jul 24, 2006 05:25 PM

              I think you can also get this at Penang and a few other eateries around town. ABC stands for Adzuki Beans and Corn.

              1. Dax Aug 16, 2006 07:16 PM

                I was at TC getting the usual dishes with a friend when I noticed a table finishing off their meal with what I assume was this and pointed it out to my friend. He said, what's in it and I replied "looks like ice with goo mixed in."

                mmmm I have four taiwan-style fried dumplings left in the fridge at home.

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