It’s 2:45pm and time for Hawaii’s delightful shave ice! Well, anytime is a good time for shave ice, right?
If you’ve never had a shave ice in Hawaii, you’re in for a treat. It’s ice that’s very finely shaven to make a soft fluffy ball of ice that’s then topped with flavorings. If you’re thinking, “Oh, that’s just like a snow cone.” Well, in a way it is because it includes ice and flavorings, but the difference is that Hawaii shave ice is much softer and smoother. The consistency of great shave ice is almost like that ice cream, whereas snow cones have chunkier pieces of hard ice. See this shave ice photo for a better visual idea of the consistency.
I snapped these photos a couple of weeks ago at Matsumoto in Haleiwa on Oahu’s North shore. Matsumoto is probably Hawaii’s most well known place for shave ice. I took the following photo so that you could see all the all their ordering and flavor options.
Notice that you have the option to add ice cream and sweetened Azuki beans to the bottom of your shave ice. I’ve tried that combination and while it was interesting , I think I prefer my shave ice without beans and ice cream. On this last visit to Matsumoto, I chose a small shave ice with island flavors of coconut, lilikoi and guava. It was onolicious (delicious).
What are your favorite shave ice flavors? Do you order your shave ice with Azuki beans and ice cream? Where’s your favorite place for shave ice in Hawaii?