Ice cream isn't typically thought of as an East Asian delicacy, but SnoCream, a dessert shop outside of Washington, DC, shows that ice cream is a global treat. SnoCream sells Taiwanese shaved ice, a Pacific island take on ice cream, with flavors that reflect its geographic separation from the world of North American and European ice creams.
In North America, sweets make up the majority of common ice cream flavorings: things like chocolate, caramel, candies, and cookies. Gelato, the Italian dish, often opts for fruit and nut flavors like pistachio, chestnut, fig, or cantaloupe. Taiwanese shaved ice combines the best of both of these. SnoCream lets diners top their creations with candies and cookies, and its base flavors include fruit, but it can also mix in distinctly Asian fare like lychee, taro, and tapioca balls.
Taiwanese Shaved Ice
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