I had never heard of shaved ice until I moved to Taiwan.
Here, it is the dessert to have.
Shaved ice stands, both fancy & expensive and plain & cheap, are on practically every street.
At first, I was skeptical of this treat.
I am an ice cream girl through and through, and the more chocolate the better.
The first time I was introduced to shaved ice was right when we moved to Taiwan three years ago.
Our friend Peter took us to a nice shop and a huge bowl of mango shaved ice was put in front of me. But then again, shaved ice always come in huge servings. Right away, I wasn't impressed.
Where was the chocolate and what was with the fruit?
The entire top of my bowl was covered in chunks of fresh mango.
I tried it and thought it was alright, but I didn't really see why everyone loved it so much.
Then, one night a few months ago, Sean came home after getting beef noodle soup with some guy friends raving about a shaved ice stand.
It was incredible, he said!
So he took me there.
And they had chocolate shaved ice!!
And that started my love affair, at least with this particular plain & cheap shaved ice stand.
The two young women who run the joint, which is nothing more than a few small plastic tables, a counter and the equipment required to make the ice, know what I want and I don't even have to ask anymore; I just sit down at my rickety plastic table and a few minutes later a mound of chocolaty shaved ice is delivered to me.
On a hot & humid night, we often find ourselves scooting late at night to this stall so we can people watch on the street side and enjoy a refreshing dessert.
What's your favorite local dessert??