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Jul 6, 2014 07:23 PM

Iceskimo (@ Pangea Bakery)

San Diego now has Taiwanese shaved snow (not shaved ice).

Limited hours and days for now until they relocate to their permanent location across the street from where Pangea Bakery is now.

From what I can recall, their snow comes in regular, strawberry, black sesame, matcha, and oolong. And all the regular toppings are available, from fruit to crushed oreos to condensed milk to grass jelly.

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  1. Darn -- just stopped into Pangea today after lunch at RakiRaki. Didn't notice this or would definitely have tried it. RakiRaki was way too warm inside (well, that plus the spicy premium ramen) and I'd have loved one of these. Next time.

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    1. re: DoctorChow

      What do you like at RakiRaki?

      I find most of their offerings sort of pedestrian, and end up just munching on those damn addicting cashews and garlic chips and chased with either some sake or soju.

      1. re: ipsedixit

        I go there for the ramen bowls and tsukemen (which I now know how to eat), and usually opt for the pork option. Haven't had other things on the menu (like sushi and rice bowls) and I guess I'm just not ready to try a "ramen burger".

      2. re: DoctorChow

        I was there today- just before noon.

        1. re: Fake Name

          We arrived about 1:15. Might have just missed you. We were getting ready to go about a half hour earlier but got delayed.

      3. Were there at 9 a.m. and saw signs outside and inside and on the tables.

        Noon-11 p.m., Fri-Sat-Sun from July-Sept

        Flavors: Summer Love, Matcha Green Tea, Fresh Strawberry, Cookie Monster, Old School and Bubble tea deconstructed (oolong milk tea snow, honey boba and condensed milk).

        Other places I know have shaved snow out here are Yogurt Swirl (on Mira Mesa Blvd next to Pho Cow Cali), Fluffy Duffy's (near SDSU, in that tiny triangle area dividing El Cajon Blvd at Montezuma) and Boba Bar (inside Zion Market).

        1. OK I'll bite. What's the difference between shaved snow and shaved ice? In my experience there is a pretty wide variation among shaved ices depending on if it is hand shaved or machine shaved, then the machine doing the shaving and finally the ice itself.

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          1. re: littlestevie

            The ice is flavored, usu. with sweetened milk or other flavors, or both.

            1. re: ipsedixit

              Oh ok. I thought it was a textural difference not a flavor, good to know

                1. re: ipsedixit

                  Snow is softer? or finer crystals? or neither?

                  1. re: littlestevie

                    If you could somehow look for images of 'shaved snow' on some search engine or food site, you'd immediately see the difference compared to the shaved ice which you already know.

                    1. re: littlestevie

                      More velvety and creamy.

                      A bit like the difference between sorbet and ice cream.

            2. Thanks for the rec, ipsedixit. Between Iceskimo and the hojicha soft serve at Matcha Love that you recommended, I'm all covered for this summer! I tried Iceskimo this morning and am excited to return. The big difference between Iceskimo and places like boba bar inside Zion is that the flavoring for the ice comes from fresh ingredients rather than powders. Iceskimo is currently serving a seasonal mango flavor, and the owner said that he uses many pounds of fresh mangos to concentrate the mango flavor for this ice. The black sesame I tried today comes from a sesame paste that he imports from the Kaohsiung region of Taiwan. He gets his inspiration from classic ice places in Taipei like IceMonster.

              Definitely excited to see this pop up move into their permanent location, which he said will be in the same plaza as Jasmine.

              Thank you again for the tip!

              1. Had the "Summer Love" shaved snow for the first time here today and it was delicious. Lots of sweet, fresh mango chunks and strawberry slices topping the snow. Especially refreshing after having had a heavy soup at Liang's down the way.

                I think that if I didn't know in advance or didn't look closely that I'd have realized it was "shaved", nor would I have known about the condensed milk. It was, as you described it, "velvety and creamy", not the slightest bit of ice texture.

                Will definitely go back for more while it's still available this summer.