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Aug 22, 2008 07:06 AM

Shaved Ice With Condensed Milk and Fruit

I just got back from a trip to Houston where I hit the asian strip malls for restaurants on a nightly basis. I got hooked on variation of shaved ice with condensed milk and fruit. I think it's a Taiwanese treat and I think their are variations from other countries. Does anyone know where I can get this in Toronto?

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  1. I've seen this at Go for Tea, a Taiwanese drinks/snack spot in Richmond Hill (Hwy 7 and Leslie).

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    1. re: mmom

      Ten Ren is another bubble tea place that has this. (Yonge and Empress).
      The Sugar may also have this dessert, as well as other fruit dishes that are similar. (Finch and Leslie, in the same plaza as Congee Wong)

      1. re: ndawg

        I found most bubble tea place offering this is really crushed ice instead of shaved ice (which is suppose to be snowy). There were two that used to offered it (Taste of Taiwan) and Bubble Tea & Me (兵馬俑) take out place place at Pacific Mall but both locations had closed down since. Recently, I went to Ten Ren at Hwy 7 & Lesile and saw it on their menu, you can get shaved ice for an extra $1.50 (or so) otherwise it'll come as crushed ice. I'm not sure the TenRen at Empress has this option though because last time I went (mind you this was more than a month ago so the menu might have changed) they only have crushed ice.

        1. re: g_lee

          I'm a shaved ice fanatic and that's exactly my complaint! All the places I've been to only have crushed ice (i.e. blender). I usually get it at Ten Ren, but their quality have gone downhill:
          1. Crushed ice and not shaved...
          2. Portions got smaller... it's just ice! wtf?
          3. They always run out of grass jelly, not like it's a rare item...

          My parents recently bought a manual ice shaver back from Taiwan and I don't think I'm ever going back to the stores:

          That's the Pampered Chef Ice Shaver, I basically got some unbranded one that's probably identical.

          With this, you can make your own variations that they don't even have in the stores.

          1. re: vacuum

            I think Tap Phong or other asian houseware places would carry ice shavers. They're pretty cheap. The one we have looks like this:

            Get one with suction cups on the bottom. The nice thing about this kind is that you can use normal ice cubes in it; they just have to be small enough to fit down the hole.

            1. re: mogo

              Wooooh thanks! I'll check this type out as well - the ability to use regular ice cubes is a definite plus!

    2. Vietnamese restaurants usually have something like this on the menu.

      1. Some Korean places along K-Town have this too or variations upon this with red bean, etc. Apparently, BnC (the bakery with an orange sign) has it, as well as Hodo Kwaja (the walnut cake place), and a cafe along the south side of Bloor West a block or two east of P.A.T. has it as well (its name escapes me right now).

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        1. Is this what you are referring to?

          Halo-halo (from Tagalog halo, "mix mix") is a popular Filipino dessert that is a mixture of shaved ice and milk to which are added various boiled sweet beans and fruits, and served cold in a tall glass or bowl.

          You can get it at

          Remely's Restaurant
          4830 Sheppard Ave. East, Toronto M1S 5M9

          I haven't tried it but a friend has and said it was good.


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          1. re: bobinken

            You could also make one to your liking, easy and cheap (if you have a blender). Shave or crush the ice in your blender, pour condensed milk over top, add some halo-halo mix (you can buy from any asian supermarket like T&T) and/or some Ube (purple yam) ice cream.

            1. re: jeannieh20

              That sounds pretty darn tasty.

              What is halo-halo mix exactly?

            2. re: bobinken

              Halo halo - filipino dessert.
              Shaved ice & condensed or evap milk with: coconut jelly, red bean, jackfruit etc. But yes you could buy all those toppings in a jar from an asian grocery. Haven't tried yet but apparently its good at Mami's, upstairs food court on nw corner of Brimley/Sheppard. I believe you have to ask for it, but they add ube (taro) and lecheflan (custard) yum.

            3. Does the place in Market Village's food court have shaved ice anymore? I remember them having it, but that must have 5-8 years ago...lol