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Matsumoto Shave Ice
Review by: Roadfood Team
Original Hawaiian shave ice at its finest
Throughout the world, almost everyone has enjoyed finely chopped flavored ice served in paper cups. In Hawaii locals produce a similar concoction. It is called shave ice and the best comes from Matsumoto on the north shore of Oahu. Most tourists will simply drive by this non-descript general store that sells everything from t-shirts to snorkeling equipment. But those who recognize the refreshing affect of sipping flavored liquid runoff produced by the shave ice, line up in this dank hole-in-the-wall to partake in a Hawaiian tradition.
What should I eat at Matsumoto Shave Ice?
As you make your way through the line, you eventually reach the unique ice-shaving machine. This machine takes a block of clear ice and finely cuts micron thin slices that forms a non-granular slush ready to be piled high in a paper cone. Matsumoto offers a variety of colorful flavored liqueur toppings. They are poured over the shave ice giving it a rainbow of wonderful colors. It is most refreshing, either plain or adorned with ice cream or sweet adzuki beans
For a slight extra charge, you can get a small ball of vanilla ice cream or a spoon full of sweet flavored “azuki” beans. These are placed in the bottom of the cup beneath the ice. This added treat greatly enhances the overall taste experience as you slurp the resulting melting slurry through your straw. Take lots of napkins with you since the combination of rapid ice meltdown and the limited cup capacity will eventually produce overflow. But, on a balmy 80+ degree Hawaiian day- what could taste better?!
*Original Post by Big Rush*
Directions & Hours
|Meals Served||Lunch, Dessert|
|Credit Cards Accepted||No|