Tuesday, July 6, 2010
When I first heard about Hawaiian shaved ice, I expected it to taste just like a sno-cone. After all, isn't that what a sno-cone is? Shaved ice with fruit-flavored syrups. But I was told by Hawaiian locals that M. Matsumoto was "the best Hawaiian shaved ice," and well...if it's the BEST, then I must have it. Thus ensued a two hour drive (including traffic) to the North Shore area from Honolulu.
Verdict? Delicious! Nothing like a sno-cone! Hawaiian shaved ice is made with the most delicate, fluffy shaved ice possible, topped with your choice of various fruit-flavored syrups, and if you really want to indulge, a "snow cap" of condensed milk. And if you want to go the whole nine yards, you can also get red bean and ice cream on the bottom of your cone. So delicious and refreshing, totally worth the drive!
Food rating: ****
Bang for buck rating: 5
Location: 66-087 Kamehameha Highway, Haleiwa, Oahu
Average price of shaved ice: $3