This Taiwanese shaved ice has been topped with kiwi, melon, and red bean. Mmmmm (click to defrost)
Taiwanese bakery and lunchroom Tasty House 18 also offers bubble teas and shaved ices, the latter a summer passion on the former island of Formosa. Your choice of three toppings over what must be a pound of crushed ice costs just $3.50, and I challenge you to finish it. After the toppings–which are often mouth-achingly sweet, garishly colored, and sometimes artificial-tasting–have been applied, the top of the thing is sluiced with sweetened condensed milk, making a gutbomb of major proportions.
To decrease the sweetness, we learned to go for some of the beanier, more tuberous choices, such as red bean and taro, as in the example below. Still, we learned it’s better to share just one serving with three or four people, to avoid extreme bloat. 44-12 Kissena Boulevard, Flushing, Queens, 718-886-1833