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Best Shaved Ice

uwsister Jul 21, 2010 10:42 PM

Who has your favorite Asian-style shaved ice? Japanese-style, Korean-style, Filipino-style, I am open to them all. My favorite style is pat bing soo (Korean-style shaved ice with red beans) if done right, but I've yet to find a good one in Manhattan. Koryodang's simply doesn't cut it for me. I think my favorite shaved ice right now is Cafe Zaiya's green tea shaved ice. Glorious mix of shaved ice, condensed milk, green tea syrup, and red beans. If it had more mochi on it, it would be pretty close to perfection.

This is my favorite summer dessert of all time, and it's making me sad that I've had so few good renditions of it! I imagine there's got to be a couple places in Chinatown that do a good one. Anyone? Bueller?

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    drmoze Sep 9, 2010 08:56 PM

    Nyonya (Malaysian). Their ABS (rose water) and Chendol (condensed coconut) are both awesome. I can never decide between them, and sometimes get both!

    199 Grand St, New York, NY 10013

    1. bigjeff Sep 9, 2010 06:38 PM

      koryodang is still number one, for me. tried that place just sweet (I think that's the name) in east village and it sucked. but ya, looking for the perfect patbingsu-type thing and still haven't found it. and nothing beats what I had in honolulu and north shore unfortunately.

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        uwsister Aug 11, 2010 11:41 AM

        Has anyone been here? It's in EV & supposed to have a bunch of different shaved ice, including pat bing soo. Serious Eats review isn't good.


        I still may try it tomorrow.

        1. daffyduck Aug 9, 2010 10:06 PM

          i wish there was more stuff like this in manhattan. good thing my mom lives in elmhurst so i can try out these shaved iced treats.

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            uwsister Aug 10, 2010 07:17 PM

            Seriously! Good thing I'll be in Asia in two weeks - I'll have my fill of shaved ice there.

            I'm not a fan of hand-shaved ice though, I gotta say.

            Maybe I'll travel for a cholado one of these days.

          2. daffyduck Aug 7, 2010 11:48 PM

            just had a cholado for the first time at xtasis in queens. i never had one before but i thought it was delicious.
            here's where you can find more. sadly i dont know any in manhattan but if anyone else does feel free to chime in.

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              uwsister Aug 8, 2010 11:15 AM

              That looks ridiculously good. Hope there's SOMEwhere in Manhattan that sells it?

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              sedela Jul 27, 2010 12:08 PM

              Saw this this past wknd at the Amsterdam Market downtown (South St. Seaport)...Bao Bing.
              Didn't try it. I only like plain shaved ice (or maybe I would like the aforementioned green tea shaved ice) with simple syrup. But it looked like they had the whole shebang.


              1. daffyduck Jul 26, 2010 01:05 PM


                i never tried this but it looks great! i dont know if they're any in manhattan.

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                  richyrich Jul 26, 2010 02:35 PM

                  205 Sackett Street Brooklyn, NY 11231-5257 - (718) 222-2999

                  Hands down the best!!! They even make Halo Halo...

                2. hhsoul35 Jul 23, 2010 03:27 PM

                  omg, that green tea one sounds soooo good!
                  i definitely need to have some while i'm there next week!


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                    Pookipichu Jul 23, 2010 12:33 AM

                    I always thought of shaved ice as a Chinese dessert, bah bao bing. Green beans, red beans, peanuts, grass jelly, etc.. Interesting there are so many variations.

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                      uwsister Jul 24, 2010 02:47 PM

                      Oh yeah, I think every Asian country has its own variation! Koreans have pat bing soo, Japanese has kaikgori, Filipinos have halo-halo, etc.

                      I think it's the best summer dessert there is.

                    2. daffyduck Jul 21, 2010 11:56 PM


                      i've recently been a fan of falooda. but i've only had it in jackson heights. and they use coconut milk, shaved ice, kulfi, in addition to the standard tapioca seeds, rose water syrup, and vermecelli. it's a dessert not a drink as the wikipedia article shows.
                      I wouldn't know where to get this in manhattan though =[.

                      my friend also told me about pat bing soo. but she's also been out of luck of finding a good one in the city. by any chance do you know one in the outer boros?

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                      1. re: daffyduck
                        uwsister Jul 22, 2010 06:58 PM

                        I've never had a falooda - I'll have to check it out!

                        Thanks for the excellent link too.

                        Unfortunately I've never had a really good bing soo in New York. The last good one I had was in D.C. suburbs. I'm not super-familiar w/ outer boroughs though. There has to be a good one somewhere in Queens. If you or your friend hear anything, let me know!

                        Meanwhile Cafe Zaiya's green tea shaved ice will hold me over.

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                          LucidInterval Jul 22, 2010 07:49 PM

                          Paris Baguette out in Queens Crossing, Flushing has a dish where the ice is actually shaven from green tea, or at least green tea-flavored water. Lots of toppings too but kind of expensive at about 8-9 bucks a plate. Flushing has many options of Taiwanese shaved ice where you get to pick your own toppings. As for Manhattan, Excellent Pork Chop House serves an okay one. Many Malay restaurants serve Chen Do as well.

                          Excellent Pork Chop House
                          3 Doyers St, New York, NY 10013

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                            daffyduck Jul 22, 2010 11:46 PM

                            nope, the only good bing soo my friend knows is in virginia =(. ill put a post on the outer boros though.

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                              uwsister Jul 24, 2010 02:45 PM

                              Funny, the last good one I had was in Virginia as well (which I mentioned above.)

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