The homegirl Tina at @taipeieats is shaved ice-obsessed – as I think a lot of us were this summer. We were chatting at Uranium (one of my new favorite cafes in Taipei) over an upcoming project I’ll be doing for her Taipei food tours (Taipei Eats, get on it). I casually mentioned that I could eat cold noodles 涼麵, every single day. She countered with: “I think I’ve eaten shaved ice, or some form of it, ten times this week.” Dang, girl. In addition to taking people around the city (so surprised that someone hasn’t done this concept well, earlier – considering how food-centric Taipei’s tourism is) to sample Taiwanese 小吃, Tina runs her killer food Instagram – a visual guide to local eats. I am not particularly obsessed with Taiwanese shaved ice (and desserts in general) and would never travel further than three stops of the MRT to eat anything except RAW) but after seeing her constant snaps of shaved ice bowls filled to the brim with icy goodness and overflowing with toppings, I’m a bit more convinced.
Shaved ice is a Taiwanese dessert classic. The concept isn’t too complicated: some ice, shaved into a snow-like substance, topped with a range of fruits, beans, jellies and condensed milk or black sugar syrup. Newer versions freeze milk and sugar into the ice (making the end product creamier and more “flaky”) and dessert fads like frozen yogurt have swept the city, but shaved ice lives on, in night-markets and street stalls all across the city.
1. 三六圓仔店: Tangyuan & ai-yu jelly & taro shaved ice
No. 92, Sanshui St, Wanhua District, Taipei City / 台北市萬華區三水街92號
2. 北港米糕粥: Iced sweet taro
No. 41 Huaxi St. Wanhua Dist. Taipei City / 台北市萬華區華西街41號(夜市第59號攤)
3. Tsujiri 松山旗艦店: Matcha Shaved Ice (Japanese, I know – but still.)
No. 11, Songshan Rd, Xinyi District, Taipei City ／More locations (中文)
4. 龍都冰菓專業家: Mango shaved ice
No. 168 Guangzhou St. Wanhua Dist. Taipei City / 台北市萬華區廣州街168號
5. 辛發亭: Honey & aloe vera shaved ice
No. 1, Anping St, Shilin District, Taipei City / 台北市士林區安平街1號
6. 建北黑砂糖刨冰: Black sugar shaved ice
No. 25, Lane 61, Linsen S Rd, Zhongzheng District / 台北市中正區林森南路61巷25號
No. 6-1 Ln. 106 Yitong St. Zhongshan Dist. Taipei City / 台北市中山區伊通街106巷6號之1
All photos via IG: @TaipeiEats