I really miss the shaved ice desserts I would get in Singapore and Malaysia on my travels. The ice would be shaved so finely it was fluffy and light. Topped with simple syrups, sweet beans and corn, etc . . . drool.
I'd like to be able to make this at home. Looking at the shaved ice machines (eBay, Amazon, etc), it's clear that there are commercial ones available costing from a few hundred bucks to several thousand. And there are many models for consumers, which seem to range from $25-$80 or so. But the lower-priced ones all seem to give a course cut . . . the texture we all remember when we had snow-cones at a fair. This texture would not work with the recipes I want to try . . . the end result must be very fluffy to work for me.
I saw a disc made for a KitchenAid food processor. It's called the Cheese Grater & Ice Shaver. (Model KFP7PI ) Has anyone every used this? If so, how successful was it in shaving ice? I make desserts rarely enough so that I don't need a commercial-grade shaver, so an attachment like this would be perfect if it actually did work.
If not, any suggestions on a consumer-priced ice shaver that is in the Under-$60 range? Or is this an example of getting what you pay for, and it's just not possible to get fluffy fine shavings without paying a premium?