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Any places in Little Tokyo that do SHAVED ICE??

Liquid Sky May 2, 2008 02:10 PM

I figured that with all the boba and dessert places, there must be someplace in Little Tokyo that has the shaved-ice drinks.

Any ideas?


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    PayOrPlay May 2, 2008 03:22 PM

    I was going to tell you that you can get a very good bowl of shave ice with syrup, ice cream and red bean at Mikawaya. However I found a post on another food board from 2/2008 saying they don't have shave ice anymore. If true, it's a shame.

    I imagine some of the fake-berry fro-yo places will do bing-su style shave (or crushed) ice with the yogurt, but I don't know specifically which ones.

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    1. re: PayOrPlay
      Lau May 2, 2008 03:58 PM

      ah damn it, i was about to say the same thing, they had awesome shaved ice b/c the ice was shaved so finely...although they mightve only sold in the summer if i remember right

      you should just call them and ask them

      1. re: Lau
        Liquid Sky May 2, 2008 04:17 PM

        Thanks to both of you! Which place is Mikawaya?

        I read a post about the shaved ice with condensed milk, etc., and it sounded amazing. But I think it's the Taiwanese version, so I have to travel all the way to Rowland Heights to find it.

        I thought Little Tokyo might have some similar version. If anyone else has an idea, please post here.


        1. re: Liquid Sky
          PayOrPlay May 2, 2008 04:19 PM

          It's the Japanese dessert place in the Japanese Village mall, next to Frying Fish.


          118 Japanese Village Plaza Mall, Los Angeles, CA 90012

          1. re: PayOrPlay
            Liquid Sky May 2, 2008 04:34 PM

            Okay... thanks! Some of those pastries look seriously good. Anything special you recommend at Mikawaya?

            1. re: Liquid Sky
              WHills May 2, 2008 06:51 PM

              Try the mochi ice cream...so yummy!

              1. re: WHills
                Lau May 2, 2008 07:23 PM

                actually if u go there on the weekends and go to mitsuru cafe they have the best manju (outside of sakura-ya in gardena) in LA...manju are the japanese pastries (people typically call them mochi, but mochi is actually just the rice dough), mitsuru is in the same plaza as mikawaya (very close on the ground floor across the way)...they only have it on the weekends though

                Get their dai fuku or their ohagi, its true homestyle...really really good

                1. re: Lau
                  Liquid Sky May 2, 2008 07:33 PM

                  Thanks, Lau! The chestnut ones look awesome.

    2. Will Owen May 2, 2008 04:15 PM

      Dat's SHAVE ice, brah...

      We ate at Shaka in Alhambra last night, and I noticed they have shave ice (and yes, their sign said "Shaved Ice" too... sigh...). I would go looking for Hawaiian places in general. There used to be a website pointing to just about every place in LA County where shave ice, kalua pig and loco moco could be found, but it seems to have disappeared. Damn.

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        AsianFoodie May 2, 2008 06:42 PM

        Mikawaya still have shaved ice - all varieties. They have the red bean with condensed milk...green tea flavored - you can add the milk to any flavor you want. My favorite is strawberry shaved ice with their ice cream or gelato with condensed milk. Delicious!

        They also have great Japanese pastries, gelato, ice cream and they are the creators of mochi ice cream..all delicious!

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          pharmnerd May 3, 2008 01:36 AM

          Last I tried several years ago, it was more like snow cone than shaved ice (i.e. not super fine Hawaii-style). Better now?

          I'm pretty sure Cest Fiore (yogurt place in Village) has it, but have never tried.

          Yeah, not in downtown, but Shakas does have good shave ice. Was bummed when they closed the branch in Artesia.

          1. re: AsianFoodie
            Liquid Sky May 3, 2008 07:19 AM

            Awesome! I'm gonna take my mom there. She's crazy about the whole red bean-ice w/ condensed milk thing.

            1. re: Liquid Sky
              PayOrPlay May 3, 2008 08:18 AM

              Good luck and please report back on Mikawaya, some of us want to know! And then, check out the following for more suggestions about shave ice in other parts of the city:




              This last thread is about a place called Aloha Food Factory which used to be in Alhambra but closed and now (according to its website) has recently reopened in Honda Plaza in Little Tokyo. I haven't noticed it--and we were actually parked right across the street from Honda Plaza last weekend!--but has anyone else been there since it reopened???

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                Feed_me Jun 27, 2008 03:48 AM

                Good news to those hankering for a shaved ice fix in Little Tokyo. My friends who own a business in LT told me that Hawaiian place in Honda Plaza (on Second Street) does shaved ice. They told me the name, but I forgot. I thought Mikawaya still did shaved ice, but I'll have to check that out too.

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                  Feed_me Jun 29, 2008 05:21 PM

                  I was in J-town (aka Little Tokyo) on Saturday and went to the Aloha Cafe which is the Hawaiian place I refer to above. They do shaved ice and they list 16 flavors. Most are the "usuals" but I notice a flavor I'm not familiar with called lilikualani. The shaved ice is ground very fine and the menu indicates you can get it with vanilla ice cream ($1 additional) or condensed milk ($.75 additional). I assumed they didn't have the azuki beans (sweetened red beans) since it's not mentioned in the take out menu, but someone told me the cafe does do that as well. My friends who work in the area told me Mikawaya still does shaved ice, but perhaps only in the summer time (like Lau above suggests). They said that possibly the chances of scoring some shaved ice might be better in the Mikawaya in the Third Street complex that houses Mitsuwa. They weren't sure of that though. My car is getting fixed next week, so it'll take me a few days to check out the situation. Meanwhile, the url for the Aloha Cafe is http://www.eatatalohacafe.com
                  Last thing...I reread the original post and the poster mentioned shaved ice drinks. Do they mean slushy type drinks? It's been a couple of months, but if they are still out there checking this thread I'd like a bit of clarification.

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