Though many cultures can’t get along, they do agree on at least one thing: that shaved ice is good. Most cultures have their own version of it. Snow cones (American), Halo Halo (Phillipino), Pabingsu (Korean), Kakigori (Japanese), Raspado (Mexico), Piragua (Puerto Rico), Minutas (El Salvador), etc. My favorite has to be Taiwanese shaved ice (bao bing)…probably because I like to eat condensed milk and rice balls.
While I was watching my sister’s cat, I discovered that she had a huge bag of red beans. I also found green tea ice cream in her freezer. I decided that it was a sign to make shaved ice! We often go to Mochilato, a Korean tea house that serves mochi, shaved ice, desserts, coffee and tea. We love the Japanese shaved ice that they offer there. It consists of ice topped with green tea syrup, mochi, red beans, condensed milk, green tea ice cream and fresh fruit. It’s somewhat of a cross between Korean shaved ice and Japanese shaved ice. I used the idea to make my own fusion.
Red beans (see recipe below)
Rice Balls (see recipe below)
Green Tea Ice Cream
Green Tea Syrup (see recipe below)
1 cup dried red beans
4 cups water
1/2 or more of sugar
Soak the red beans in water over night. Drain the water and replace it. Bring the beans to a boil and cook them on medium heat until they are soft and mushy. Add more water if the beans start to dry out. Towards the end of cooking, add sugar to taste. Of course you can buy already prepared red beans in a can but I find them to be way too sweet. Also, if you make them yourself, they taste so fresh and healthy.
1 cup Sweet Rice Flour/Mochiko (Mochiko usually comes in smaller quantities)
3/4 or more cup of water
Mix the flour and water together in a bowl. You want it to be moist enough so that it isn’t too sticky. Knead it for 5 minutes and then roll the dough into little balls.
Boil water and drop them in. Boil them for ~10 minutes. You will notice that they float to the top as they become done on the inside. Remove from the water and rinse with cold water. Set aside.
Green Tea Syrup
1 tea bag of green tea
2 tbsp Agave syrup/sugar
Brew the tea in 1 1/2 cups of water and add sweetener.
Shave the ice with your machine of choice. I have an old school, hand cranking machine. For my machine, the shaving works better if you start with a block of ice rather than ice cubes.
Once you get enough ice in your bowl, drizzle green tea syrup over the ice. Next, drizzle a small amount of condensed milk over the ice. Top the ice with red beans, rice balls and green tea ice cream. Drizzle the whole thing with more condensed milk.
Goodness. It’s so goooood. This is a a fusion between Japanese (the green tea syrup and red beans), Taiwanese (the rice balls) and Korean Shaved Ice (the ice cream). Make it your own by adding your favorite fruits or toppings.