Cool off with Azuki Snowcones


This is the Osakan summer we remember. Mid-90s. 80% humidity. It’s really grand. But anyway, last week we went not once, but twice to a little shop that sells the best yakisoba on the planet. (Yakisoba means “fried noodles” and is just that; soba noodles stir fried with cabbage and a deliciously tangy brown sauce similar to Worcestershire). Their desserts are just as good, especially this one.

All you need is 3 simple ingredients to recreate it at home (well, assuming you have a shaved ice machine):

shaved ice
a can of azuki beans (sweet red beans – can be found at any Asian supermarket)
sweetened condensed milk

  • Fill a bowl with shaved ice. Put a scoop of azuki beans on top. Mound with more shaved ice. Drizzle with sweetened condensed milk. Dig in. It’s like a little edible Mt. Fuji!

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4 thoughts on “Cool off with Azuki Snowcones

  1. This reminds me of Halo Halo, a filipino icy dessert! In fact, if you put all the ingredients of the Azuki Snowcone in a tall glass, you’d have Halo Halo! 🙂

  2. yea they have the same desserts in taiwan… do they have the ones in japan where they essentially shave blocks of ice cream with ice, serve it with fresh fruit (mango is the best!) and top it off with the sweetened condensed milk… omg its heavenly! hunt for it in japan if you haven’t tried it!

  3. Mmm I love anything with Shaved Ice…we have places that sell “Hawaiian Ice” from little kiosky-trailer type things in parking lots during the summer in Cincinnati. YUM!

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