Korean shaved ice: Ice Kiss in Koreatown has smallened their portions... Where else can I go?
i went to Ice Kiss in Koreatown last week for what may be the last time. i have loved their shaved ice greatly--and the vibe and the games.
Last week when i walked in I noticed that they had removed the signs they used to have up on the wall behind the counter. The big ones with pictures/drawings of the Ice Kiss. I wondered why. When our Ice Kisses came, I understood. They've cut the single size down by half. *Half*.
Same price, though. What used to be the single is now the double. And I have to say, they just didn't taste as good. Something was missing. I don't know. Maybe it was just my delight that was gone.
Plus, there were too many people smoking (and not all outside) and it was so hot that night that I noticed there was no a/c.
Does anyone know of any really good Korean shaved ice places so I can have a new place to go?
ha on the mini sub-thread on "smallened." thanks, guys, for the suggestions. sku, i'm pretty sure i'm crazy, but i could have sworn that on this same Ice Kiss night I went by Berendo and Koffea was not there. I did a double take and kept looking to make absolutely sure that I was looking at the right corner, but... anyone else know if I'm crazy and Koffea is still there? Or did they move?
I'm looking forward to trying the Taiwanese shaved ice, definitely. And, yes, Mr. Taster, Ice Kiss was never/isn't cheap. But at least for the 7 bucks you got an absolutely gigantic shaved ice. Enough for two. Which is part of why the "smallening" of it was so tragic to me. I don't know if they're all so expensive. I remember getting a shaved ice at Ce Fiore in Little Tokyo, but I can't remember what it cost. I think it was comparable (but it wasn't as good as Ice Kiss' used to be!).
A Hawaiian shaved ice truck called "Get Shaved" that chases the Kogi truck. $3 for a small (which is big). 50 cents extra for a scoop of ice cream or azuki beans. Made from block ice for a fluffy texture. Mostly 5 stars on Yelp. Check their home page for location schedule.
Pa Pa Walk has a "mountain" of mango shaved ice that's enough for 3+. Same price. SGV is the home of shaved ice. Eat pat bing soo in K-town and you will be ripped. Now they're just ripping you a wider hole.
That said, Rolling Wok, in San Gabriel, has "single" servings of Taiwanese style shaved ice with condensed milk, and THREE toppings, for $2.60. That is the cheapest shaved ice in all of LA.
For those who have never been to Ice Kiss, I think it's worth mentioning that the price-- even for the double portion-- is absurd... something like $8 - $14 if I recall correctly.for the single/double. This is for what ultimately amounts to a small portion of ice, some chemically-flavored day-glo syrup, a drizzle of condensed milk, and fruity pebbles (also chemically-flavored, but I know a lot of people like the stuff). I loved the charm of the place (it has that friendly/amateur restaurant, "Scoops" kind of vibe) but the whole thing was such an outrageous ripoff (especially when you consider the MOUNTAIN of shaved ice desserts you can get at the Taiwanese shops for $3-4) that I sneer at the place every time I drive by.
Does anyone know-- are all Koreatown ice desserts this expensive?
My best advice to get your shaved ice fix is to take the drive to Kang Kang or Shau May in the SGV.
Shau May Restaurant
104 N Garfield Ave, Monterey Park, CA 91754
Kang Kang Food Court
27 E Valley Blvd, Alhambra, CA 91801