Today’s adventure? A trip to the shave ice shack across the road from the condo. We (and the kids!) love shave ice. That right! It is called shave ice not shaved ice. Only a haole (which has an interesting etymology) would call it shaved ice and only a fool would equate it with a sno-cone (ick).
Shave ice, although it originated in Japan, is a long standing Hawaiian tradition. In Hawaii, if you order it correctly it has 3 layers:
- Bottom (usually composed of ice cream (most often vanilla) or adzuki beans).
- Shave ice layer (made by shaving a block of ice, best done by hand into layers of snowy flakes saturated with at least 2 flavors of sticky sugar syrup with favors such as:
- Layer of toppings such as haupia (a sweet coconut cream), regular cream, chocolate, caramel, whip cream, or li hing mui powder (salty, sweet and sour plum)
Everybody got something different, but equally delicious.
I put adzuki beans on the bottom of mine!