What you’re getting: MK Special (black sugar syrup, azuki beans, vanilla ice cream, mochi balls, and soybean powder)
A relative newcomer to the shave ice game, this flower-lined, back-ally spot is gaining popularity for its organic, fresh-fruit syrups. Fine ice crystals are layered with thick, house-made syrups and garnished with real fruit, making the dish almost like biting into colder, sweeter versions of the fruits themselves. Flavors tend to sell out quickly, so come early or be forced to discover a new favorite syrup combination.
What you’re getting: Taiwanese shave ice with mochi, custard, and coffee jelly
Get your Taiwanese shave ice fix without driving to Aiea at this sandwich and bubble tea shop. Load up your brown sugar shave ice with your choice of toppings: tapioca pearls, taro, coffee jelly, coconut jelly, coconut tapioca. azuki beans, etc. Unlike traditional shave ice, the Taiwanese iteration is less about the syrup and more about the toppings, and in this case, more is always better.