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review: shave ice at cafe zaiya


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review: shave ice at cafe zaiya

bigjeff | Jun 25, 2009 06:04 AM

excitedly hit up the revamped dessert/cafe section at the east 41st location of cafe zaiya (they lost the beard papa) for their shave ice (they also have a lot of shakes, frappes and other stuff).

the large was served in a tall plastic drink thing, maybe 20 oz? very few ingredients, just shave ice, condensed milk and a thick green tea "syrup" and topped with some adzuki and a couple mochi (but not much). it was prepared in layers since the cup was so tall and came out like a parfait with layers of the 3 main ingredients. the ice was kinda rough, nowhere near as smooth and fine as koryodang's bing-suu ice and the green tea syrup was good, kinda sweet (got ridiculously too rich at the bottom) but enough actual tea taste. the syrup wasn't clear but more like a thick grainy condiment; sounds weird but honestly, looked kinda weird too. taste was good. and of course the condensed milk layered within helped.

I really hoped this was something I'd get constantly all summer; the large is $4.29 and you get a lot but . . . I dunno, just seemed kinda rough and not the perfection I'm looking for. definitely worth a try of course! I'm just trying to stay on top of all the fun asian icey stuff out there, just saw that Baoguette has both pandan AND ovaltine softserve; yum!

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