Discover: The Ultimate List of 30 Crushed Ice & Shaved Ice Treats From Around The World!

Discover: The Ultimate List of 30 Crushed Ice & Shaved Ice Treats From Around The World!

Last Updated on 2022/02/15

shaved ice by dustin belt
Photo by Dustin Belt on Unsplash.

Ever wonder what other shaved ice versions exist around the world? Take a trip with me in the ultimate list of crushed ice and shaved ice around the world I’ve compiled.

Whether you’re bored of snow cones in the US and want to try something more extravagant or you’re from The Philippines and want something much simpler than Halo Halo, check out the list below for new treats to try.

NOTE: This post will be periodically updated as new information becomes available! Check back for updates!

Contents:




Why Slushies, Icees, & Other Ice Drinks Are Not Included!

While they may be ice based, slushies are also drinks and are mixed together with the ice or are flavored ice.

This list is primarily for treats and desserts that add other ingredients ON or UNDER crushed/shaved ice.

DISCLAIMER: I did not test any of the recipes listed nor am I affiliated with any of the websites.




USA Crushed Ice + Shaved Ice Treats

Bubble Gum Snow Cone
Flickr photo by sugarraindrops_.

Snow Cones – USA

Snow cones in the US are coarse crushed ice with flavored syrups. Common flavors are cherry, strawberry, blueberry, fruit punch, bubble gum, cotton candy and cola. It’s often served in a paper cone, sometimes with a straw or spoon, but it’s meant to be eaten straight from the cone, like chewing on ice or sucking on a lollipop. As the ice melts, the flavored mixture is drunk like any normal drink.

Ingredients:

  • Crushed Ice (Coarse Ice)
  • Flavored Syrup
Hansen's Sno-Bliz - Snoballs - New Orleans, LA
Flickr photo by Paul Broussard.

Sno-balls / Snowballs – New Orleans, USA

Sno-balls or Snowballs are similar to snow cones except the ice is more fine like shaved ice. The flavored syrups are also absorbed better into the ice instead of sinking to the bottom like in snow cones.

Snow balls are home to New Orleans, Louisiana but are also common in Maryland and Mississippi between March – October.

Ingredients:

  • Shaved Ice (Fine Ice)
  • Flavored Syrup

Unique Flavors:

Ululani's Shave Ice
Flickr photo by Kathryn Yu.
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Snow Cap Hawaiian Shave Ice. Flickr photo by Anna Hsieh.

Shave Ice / Snow Cap – Hawaii, USA

Hawaiian shave ice is similar to all the other finely shaved ice treats with flavored syrups. What makes their shaved ice different are the flavors. While many places offer more American flavors like fruit punch, cherry and bubblegum, Hawaiian shave ice includes unique flavors local to Hawaii. Sometimes they’re topped with azuki (red beans), condensed milk, fruit, nuts, mochi or ice cream.

Interesting Fact: Hawaiian Shave Ice was adopted from Japan’s Kakigori. It was introduced in Hawaii by Japanese immigrants.

Snow Cap is Hawaiian Shave Ice except it’s topped with sweetened condensed milk. If you ever hear someone say they got snow cap shaved ice, this is what they mean.

Flavors local to Hawaii:

  • Guava
  • Mango
  • Coconut
  • Passion Fruit (lilikoi)
  • Banana
  • Salty Dried Chinese Plums (旅行梅)
  • Pineapple
  • Kiwi
  • Lychee




EUROPE Crushed Ice + Shave Ice Treats

Grattachecca - Roma - Italia
Flickr by Ignacio Vicent.

Grattachecca – Rome, Italy

Grattachecca are the Italian version of a snow cone. It’s home to Rome, Italy and it commonly found in stalls and bars. It’s actually considered a drink although now it’s common to have fruit on it, making it more of a treat to eat.

Originally the ice was hand shaved off a block of ice but many have switched to machines. The word “gratta” means scratching and “checca” means block of ice.

You can order the grattachecca as a simple snow cone with shaved ice and flavored syrup or you can add fruit to it. It’s often served with a straw and spoon for both drinking and eating.

Typical Flavors:

  • Lemon
  • Mint
  • Raspberry
  • Cola
  • Banana
  • Watermelon
BiciBici
Flickr photo by EgemenKırpıcı.

Bici Bici / Bicibici – Turkey

Bici Bici or Bicibici is a Turkish dessert made with crushed ice. This one is a little different from other icy treats. The ingredients for a Bicibici are crushed ice, starch and flavored syrup, traditionally rose flavored. The starch is cooked in water and then left to cool on a tray. The cooked starch should turn into a pudding or jelly-like consistency. The rose syrup is added to the crushed ice. Then the cooked starch is chopped up and placed over the crushed ice.

The cornstarch texture can vary slightly depending on the maker. Some serve it like a silky pudding and others cut it up into cubes which helps it keep a gelatinous consistency.

Recipes:




LATINO Crushed Ice + Shaved Ice Treats

Piraguas
Flickr photo by SAMUEL COLLAZO.
Piragua.
Flickr photo by Migdalia Ortiz.

Piragua – Puerto Rico

Piragua is a similar to a snow cone and other shaved ice with flavored syrup. Piragua is a combination of the word “pyramid” and “agua” (water) because of the shape of treat is like a pyramid of ice in a cone. The ice is is scrapped off a block of ice, scooped into a cone, covered with a pyramid shaped funnel to make the the shape and then fruit flavored syrup is poured over the ice. Those who sell piraguas are called “Piragüeros”.

The piragua is eaten straight from the cone with your mouth or sipped with a straw as it melts. Sometimes piragüeros might have spoons available, especially in the most tourist popular locations.

I remember having piraguas a a child in Puerto Rico and when my family moved to the US, I thought American snow cones were the same. When I had my first snow cone, I was confused by how crunchy the ice was. Piraguas have a softer ice than American snow cones and there’s more syrup as well. You can see from the photo that the ice is drenched with the syrup turning half of it almost into a slushie.

Unique Flavors:

  • Ajonjolí (Sesame)
  • Anis (Star Anise)
  • Maví (Mauby)
  • Passion Fruit
  • Papaya
raspado de anis

Raspado / Raspas – Mexico

Raspado is very similar to the Puerto Rican Piragua and other similar latino ice treats. The word “raspado” comes from the word “raspar” which means to scrape. Mexican vendors often push carts with all the essential ingredients and supplies, and they use a metal tool (raspador) to scrape a block of ice. They then place the ice in a cup and drench the ice with flavored syrups to the very rim of the cup. Sometimes they may add condensed milk and topped with fruit. The raspado is traditionally served with a straw but spoons are sometimes available the more complicated the raspado.

There’s interesting flavor combinations like:

  • Diablito: translates to “little devil” and consists of Limon Miguelito and chile.
  • Angelito: translates to “little angel” and consists of coconut, condensed milk and pecans

Unique Flavors:

  • Rompope (Egg Nog)
  • Nuez (Pecan)
  • Mango with Chile
  • Lechera (Condensed Milk)
  • Grosella (Star Gooseberry)
  • Jamaica (Sepals from Hibiscus)
  • Guava
  • Tamarind
  • Passion Fruit

Other countries that use the word “Raspado” for similar shaved ice treats:

  • Honduras
  • Argentina
  • Panama
  • Nicaragua
  • Ecuador
Tres Cholados
Flickr photo by Randy Scherkenbach.

Cholados / Raspao – Colombia

Fun Fact: It’s Colombia, NOT Columbia; some Colombians might take offence and correct you.

Cholados are a combinations of 2 words: Cholos and Helado. “Cholos” is a word for the indigenous and mestizo people of Colombia. “Helado” means ice cream. Cholados vary in ingredients and can consist of crushed or shaved ice with a flavored syrups, chopped fruit, ice cream, marshmallows, fruit preserves, condensed milk, whipped cream, shredded cheese and a wafer cookie.

Cholados are often served in a cup and look like sundaes or parfaits. They are such a popular treat, they are sold all year round. If you’re in Colombia and spot someone selling Cholados, they are called “Choladeros”.

Common fruits used:

Raspao is an alternative name for cholado but it can also refer to a less intense and often smaller version like the Mexican Raspado. Cholados are always a heavier, more decadent, sundae-like treat, whereas raspaos can be simple with shaved ice, flavored syrup and condensed milk.

Other countries that use the word “Raspao” for similar shaved ice treats:

  • Panamá
  • Venezuela




Minutas
Flickr photo by F. Emilio B. El Salvador.

Minutas – El Salvador

Minutas are are like other Latino crushed or shaved ice treats. The vendors of the treats are called “Minuteros” and they earn that name by using a metal tool to scrape and serve the ice flakes into a cup. Minutas are served with shaved ice topped with fruit syrups, ice cream, tamarind jelly, fruit preserves, mochi balls, fresh fruit and condensed milk.

Interesting Flavor: If you ask for a “lemon” minuta, you will be served a similar flavor combination to the Mexican raspados: lemon syrup, salt and chile.

A somewhat odd minuta to try for the risky and adventurous traveler, is the “Minuta Con Elotitos” translates to crushed ice with corn nuts. It consists of crushed ice, lemon juice, pepino (cucumber), salt, mango, alguashte (ground pumpkin seeds), and Elotitos Valientes (Spicy Corn Nuts).

This unconventional minuta is similar to the “Granizadas de Mariscos” and “Granizada Cevinachos” from Guatemala.

Other countries that use the word “Minutas” for similar shaved ice treats:

  • Honduras
  • Guatemala
"granizado"
Flickr photo by Bernal Saborio.

Granizado / Copo – Costa Rica

Granizado or Copo are 2 different names used for shaved ice in Costa Rica. The names used depends on the region but they share the same ingredients. The traditional granizado or copo consists of shaved ice, kola syrup (sweet red syrup not Coca Cola), powdered milk and condensed milk. Fancier copos sometimes have toppings like marshmallows and fruit available. It looks a lot like a mini milkshake. A spoon and straw are used to eat or drink this treat.

Other syrup flavors are also available which are a lot like other Latino American flavor options.

Other countries that use the word “Granizado” for similar shaved ice treats:

  • Chile
  • Ecuador
  • Spain
  • Cuba
Churchill
Flickr photo by Sergio Quesada.
granizado churchill,cold ice
Flickr photo by David Castillo.

Churchill – Puntarenas, Costa Rica

The Churchill is the same as a Coast Rican granizado or copo but with more ingredients. The traditional Churchill consists of shaved ice, kola syrup (sweet red syrup not Coca Cola), powdered milk, condensed milk, vanilla ice cream and wafer roll cookies. However a Churchill can have different syrup flavors and ingredients like queque (orange sponge cake), marshmallows, fruit,

The story behind the name “Churchill” varies; some say it was a foreigner or a local shop keeper who always requested shaved ice with condensed milk, syrup and other sweet ingredients whenever he ate at a local restaurant. Others say it was a local who invented the treat combination and opened a shop to sell it. This man, already well known in Puntarenas for his consistent request, had a strong resemblance to Winston Churchill. Eventually the dish found a home in this part of Costa Rica with an unconventional name.

Churchills can be found throughout Costa Rica, even sold as simpler granizados and copos. However, many advise to travel to Puntarenas if you want the authentic Churchill. These are served with a spoon and straw.

Granizadas – Guatemala

Granizadas in Guatemala are like many of the other Latino American crushed and shaved ice treats. However, I added Guatemala on this list because of their unusual, savory options. Most likely, you are used to the sweet, tart, creamy, sour, maybe even spicy icy treats but what about an actual savory snack over ice!

This is dependent on the granizada vendors discretion but some will sell something called Granizada de Mariscos. This savory shaved ice consists of shrimp, octopus, calamari, lime juice, vegetable juice, tomato, onions, chile Tajín and mint.

A more common savory shaved ice is the Granizada Cevinacho that consists of crushed ice, nacho chips, chopped tomato, chile verde, chopped onions, shrimp, chopped mango, and lime juice.

These two are a lot similar to the “Minutas de Elotitos” from El Salvador.

Other Names in Different Latino Countries

Fresco

  • Haiti
  • Ecuador

Raspadilla/o

  • Perú
  • Bolivia

Guayao: Dominican Republic

Yun Yun / Yunyun / Frio Frio: Dominican Republic

ShikaShika

  • Perú
  • Bolivia

Cepillado: Venezuela

Esnorbor: Venezuela

Nieve: Honduras

Prensado: Ecuador




ASIA Crushed Ice + Shaved Ice Treats

Faloodeh and bastani sonatti
Flickr photo by H.K. Tran.

Faloodeh (فالوده) / Paloodeh (پالوده)

Faloodeh (فالوده) is an interesting ice based dessert. It consists of a cooked starch (maize, potatoes, arrow root or rice) which is then forced through a sieve and chilled by pouring it over crushed ice water. The cooked starch comes out looking like vermicelli ice cream noodles. The dish is then covered with rose flavored syrup and lime juice before chilled quickly before serving. Ground pistachios and a scoop of bastani sonnati (saffron flavored ice cream) common toppings, although other toppings such as fruit, ice cream or nuts are now used too. Other flavors aside from rose are available but some of the most common are saffron, honey and pistachio.

Ingredients:

Recipes:

Chuski #HasBeenHad! Credit goes to #PSWeDo @pranavsapra @square_boxes 👅
Flickr photo by Honey Singh.

Gola / Chuski – India

This treat may go by a variety of names: Gola, Ice Gola, Gola Ice, Barf Ka Gola, Gola Ganda, Chuski, Barf Ki Chuski or Ice Candy.

The Gola is the same as all other shaved ice but can vary in flavor. Typically it’s shaved ice flavored with different syrup flavors. It’s common for them to be very vibrant and multi colored. They’re usually served on a stick with a cup like a popsicle, hence why they also get the nickname “ice lollies”. The shape is usually like a dome, similar to a plastic cup but the shape often depends on the shop owner. Example, DN Shukla Odeon Paan Palace serves a flat Chuskis on a stick. There are other shops that sell Gola like regular style shaved ice in a bowl.

An unconventional Chuski sold at DN Shukla Odeon Paan Palace is the Chuski Paan, a combination of 2 snacks. Paan is betel leaves filled with a mixture of condiments (coconut, mouth freshener like min Tic Tacs, fennel seeds, gulkand, khatta, cardamom, cloves, and/or areca nut) bound together with chuna paste (slacked lime). Sometimes it includes tobacco or gukhta and is supposed to provide a “high” when eaten. There are variations to Paan so the contents may vary; it’s important to note that even without the tobacco, the areca nut also provides a mild stimulant and because it can cause cancer in humans, it’s considered harmful.

Finally to create the Chuski Paan, crushed ice is added inside the betel leaves, which are then flavored with the condiment mixture, chuna paste (and tobacco or gukhta).

Unique Flavors:

Kakigori
Flickr photo by Nhi.

Kakigori (かき氷) & Others – Japan

Kakigori (かき氷) is Japanese shaved ice with flavored syrup and condensed milk. It’s often topped with all kinds of ingredients local to Japan. The ice texture is so fine that it’s sometimes referred to as “Angel Snow” as it feels like freshly fallen snow.

You can find different kinds of kakigori topped with additional ingredients like:

azuki beans, mochi, fruit, cookies, nuts and more.

  • Azuki (sweetened red beans)
  • Mochi
  • Fruit
  • 黄粉 (roasted soybean flour)
  • 餡こ (sweet red bean paste)
  • Sweetened Condensed Milk

Shirokuma (白熊) is a type of Kakigori that is served with condensed milk then topped with mochi, sweet red bean paste (anko), colorful mochi, mandarins, cherries, pineapples, and raisins. In Japanese “shirokuma” means polar bear or the literal translation, white (shiro) bear (kuma).

Ujikintoki (宇治金時) is a type of kakigori with green tea flavored syrup, azuki beans, mochi and matcha ice cream. It’s one of the kakigori types many people seem familiar with. It originated in Kyoto, Japan. It’s name Ujikinoki is based on the town Uji in Kyoto because of their premium quality green tea and Sakana Kintoki, a red faced folk hero, for the sweet red bean paste.

Yakigori (焼き氷) is a type of kakigori that has liquor, usually brandy, added to the crushed ice and then lit of fire. Toppings are usually caramel sauce, ice cream, strawberries or pineapples.

Typical Syrup Flavors:

  • Strawberry
  • Mango
  • Cherry
  • 黒蜜 (Similar to Molasses)
  • Melon
  • Green Tea
  • Grape
  • Yuzu (Citrus Fruit)
  • Blue Hawaii
  • Sweet Plum
  • Colorless syrup
Halo-halo
Flickr photo by Juan Paulo Gutierrez.

Halo Halo – The Philippines

The word “halo” means to mix, so naturally halo halo means “mix mix”.

Halo Halo is a dream come true. You’ll fall in love with all the different textures and flavors added to the crushed ice. Except for the crushed ice, the ingredients can vary from shop to shop but common ingredients are:

Out of all the ice based treats I’ve had, Halo Halo is one of my top favorites. The variety makes it an incredibly tasty and visually appealing dish. If you ever have a chance to try it, don’t pass it up. You’ll regret it!

Read my review on the Chowking Halo Halo I had when I was in Cebu, Philippines!

Ginumis
Flickr photo by Lexie Dy.
Guinumis
Flickr photo by BlauEarth.

Ginumis / Guinumis – The Philippines

Ginumis or Guinumis is similar to Halo Halo except it’s a lot simpler; it’s only 6 ingredients. Depending on the shop, they may add more ingredients. If you search online, you’ll find some Ginumis have as many ingredients as Halo Halo.

It’s originally considered a drink but with all the ingredients, it’s also served with a spoon.

Ginumis consists of:

Recipe:




Patbingsu
Flickr photo by Fitzwilliam Achab.

Bingsu (빙수) / Patbingsu (팥빙수) – South Korea

Bingsu is similar to many of the other shaved ice on the Asia continent. What makes it different is are the optional ingredients and some of the history. Traditionally the first bingsu was made with honey and fruit with ice but after the Korean War, with western influence, other ingredients were added like condensed milk, chocolate, cereal, ice cream, whipped cream and flavored syrups.

Patbingsu is red bean shaved ice. That’s what the “pat” means. This was a new version introduced after the Korean War featuring a mix of the new ingredients added. It’s one of the most popular variations that consists of condensed milk, flavored syrup, fruit and of course, the red beans.

Unique Ingredients & Flavors:

  • Yogurt
  • Coffee
  • Green Tea
  • Injeolmi (Korean rice cake covered in soybean powder)
  • Ground Nut Powder

I love patbingsu. Depending on the restaurant, you could get very smooth shaved ice but it’s possible to get in between crushed ice and shaved ice.

My first patbingsu was at a Korean shop called Caffe Bene in NYC. They only serve patbingsu in large cups and it’s meant to be shared. It’s unfortunate because a smaller version would be great. My patbingsu had condensed milk and red beans. Their ice was scrapped from an ice machine with a metal spatula so the ice was closer to crushed ice than shaved ice.

Mango shaved ice / snowflake ice
Flickr photo by Robyn Lee.

Tsua Bing (刨冰) / Baobing – Taiwan

If you’re ever in Taiwan, you need to try Baobing! I love Taiwanese shaved ice. It’s amazing! I especially love the mango flavored ones because you will never get a more ripened mango on dessert anywhere (except maybe Thailand). Whether you call it Baobing or Tsua Bing, they’re available in a variety of flavors but mango seems to be one of their most popular flavors. Ingredients commonly used are sugar water, condensed milk, bobaazuki beansmung beans. Fruit is served seasonally so mango is usually available in the summer while strawberries are available during winter.

After wandering around Taipei, I quickly realized mango was the most popular flavor. There’s even a mango only shop in Ximending called Ximen Mango Shaved Ice. I never ate there but I was impressed how dedicated the shop was to the flavor. I actually had my Baobing at the same shop in the photo above. The shop in the photo above is called Smoothie House and it’s one of the most well known shops for mango baobing and smoothies.

I didn’t get to eat baobing there either but the one I had at Chaoshe Ice Fruit Room was very similar. Make sure to read my review!

Chè ba màu
Flickr by hình đại gia đình.

Chè Ba Màu – Vietnam

Chè Ba Màu is one of the most popular desserts in Vietnam. It’s also called the “rainbow” dessert and the “tri-color” dessert. It consists of sweetened split mung beans, sweetened red beans, pandan jelly and crushed ice with coconut milk.

It’s similar to other Asian shaved ice desserts but it’s simplicity is what makes it stand out in my opinion.

Recipe:

น้ำแข็งไส @ ปรีชาซีฟู้ด
Flickr photo by Apisilp Trunganont.

Namkhaeng Sai (น้ำแข็งไส) – Thailand

Namkhaeng Sai (น้ำแข็งไส) is a Thai shaved ice dessert. It’s also known as Wan Yen (หวานเย็น). Unlike other shaved ice which has the toppings placed on top of the ice, this one places the toppings first, then the ice and finally the syrup. This is a versatile dessert and this a large variety of combinations with all kinds of ingredients.

Common Ingredients:

  • Coconut Milk
  • Coconut Jelly
  • Chestnuts
  • Sweetened Taro
  • Red Beans
  • Cheng Sim Ee
  • nam daeng (Red Syrup)
  • Agar Agar Jelly
  • Candied Cassava
  • Jackfruit
ซาหริ่ม กันม๊าา
Flickr photo by imchillchill.
#เครื่องเคียง #ข้าวโพด #ลูกชิด #ข้าวเหนียว #ซาหริ่ม #มันเชื่อม
Flickr photo by Tanat Tonguthaisri.

Sarim (ซาหริ่ม) / Salim – Thailand

Sarim (ซาหริ่ม) is a Thai dessert with tri-color (pink, white, green) thin noodles made of mung bean flour and (simple) syrup in crushed ice with coconut milk. Sometimes the noodles are made in other colors like blue and purple or more to create a rainbow like dish. However, the pink, green and white are the common colors used. Sometimes people might add other ingredients into the mix like sago, nuts, jelly, cendol, fruit and other non-traditional ingredients.

Recipe:

Tub Tim Krob
Flickr photo by Chong.

Tub Tim Krob (ทับทิมกรอบ) – Thailand

Tub Tim Krob (ทับทิมกรอบ) is a popular Thai dessert also known as the “Red Rubies” dessert because of the red water chestnuts floating in the coconut milk. The water chestnuts are enveloped in tapioca starch, either dyed with food coloring or beet juice. The dessert also gets a sweet syrup with the flavor of rose or orange blossom, pandan, and jasmine. So it’s a pretty floral taste. Lastly there’s the coconut milk with a slight pandan flavor. Pandan leaf is best to use because pandan extract is green and can dye the coconut milk.

Other ingredients may be added such as coconut, macapuno, jackfruit, and more.

Other names in different countries:

  • Vietnam: Suong Sa Hat Luu




Yang penting aku padamu...Dawet Jogja
Flickr photo by agus cahyono.

Es Cendol / Dawet – Indonesia

Cendol is pandan flavored rice flour noodle jelly in shaved ice with coconut milk and palm sugar syrup. Other ingredients like azuki (sweet red beans), durian and jackfruit may be added. This treat can easily become Indonesia’s Sop Buah, Es Teler or Es Campur with a few extra ingredients.

The name “Cendol” can be confusing depending what country you’re talking about. For example, “Ais Cendol” (Malaysia) and “Shendol” (Singapore) use a similar name but the dessert is more like Indonesia’s Es Campur (<— Click to skip to the description below). Or in Java, an island of Indonesia, “Es Cendol” is called Dawet but the word “Cendol” still means the green noodle jelly.

Recipe:

Other names in different countries:

  • Burma: Mont Let Saung
  • Thailand: Lot Chong (ลอดช่อง)

  • Vietnam: Che Bánh Lọt
  • Laos: Lot Song
Es Teler
Flickr photo by Laily Lanisy.

Es Teler – Indonesia

Es Teler is another Indonesian dessert. It’s similar to Es Cendol. The typical ingredients are crushed or shaved ice with condensed and coconut milk, simple or pandan flavored syrup, grass jelly, coconut meat and/or nata de coco, avocado, sugar and a little salt.

Fun Fact: This dessert is considered a drink even though it’s packed with ingredients that require a spoon. This is why it’s often served in a bowl. It was made by Murniati Widjaja who won the Ice Making Competition in Indonesia in 1982 with the drink.

This isn’t the first time I’ve seen avocado added to an Indonesian dessert. I believe Es Campur and Sop Buah have avocado as well.

Pallu Butung
Flickr photo by diananda riskia.

Es Pallu Butung / Es Nasu Butung – Indonesia

Es Pallu Butung, also known as Es Nasu Butung literally means ice (Es), cooked (Pallu) and banana (Butung). This is another Indonesia shaved ice dessert that’s slightly different from all the others listed.

The dish consists of rice flour, coconut milk, red syrup, bananas, pandan flavoring or cocopandan syrup and of course ice. The rice flour is mixed with water and coconut milk. Then additional coconut milk is cooked with pandan. The rice flour mixture is then added to make a silky pudding textured liquid. This liquid is then poured over sliced bananas once cooked. Ice is added and the red syrup is drizzled as the finishing touch.

Recipe:

Sop Buah Fadhilah

Sop Buah / Es Buah – Indonesia

Sop Buah or Es Buah is essentially an iced fruit salad. All you need to make your own Sop Buah is crushed or shaved ice, a mix of different fruit and simple syrup or liquid sugar.

A regular Es Buah includes pineapple, papaya, honeydew, cantaloupe, and jackfruit. Other less common fruits may be added like mango, strawberries, watermelon, grapes, lychee, avocado and kiwi. Other non-fruit ingredients like agar jelly, seaweed and nata de coco may be added but the more different ingredients are added to the dish the closer it becomes like Es Campur and Es Teler.

Fun Fact: Like Es Teler, this dessert is considered a drink even though it’s often served in a bowl with a spoon.




Es Doger
Flickr photo by Lawrence Januardy.
Es Doger
Flickr photo by Lawrence Januardy.

Es Doger – Bandung, West Java, Indonesia

Es Doger is similar to all the other Indonesia iced desserts and “drinks” listed on this post. If you compare the ingredients to Es Campur, Es Teler, Sop Buah and Es Cendol, the main difference between the desserts are very specific ingredients.

Es Doger consists of coconut milk, condensed milk, diced bread, ketan hitam (black glutinous rice), red tapioca pearls, cassava tapai and flavored syrup that turns the milk pink like rose syrup or cocopandan syrup. Sometimes food coloring is used to turn the milk pink.

This dessert is a specialty of Bandung in West java. Java is an island of Indonesia. Although the dessert is home to Bandung, it’s available nationwide.

Other names in different countries:

  • Maylasia: Ais Bandung

Es campur
Flickr photo by Irvan Tambunan.

Es Campur – Indonesia

Es Campur is similar to Halo Halo. Campur also means “mix”. This treats consists of shaved ice with syrup, condensed milk, cendol (pandan jelly), jackfruit, coconut, tapioca pearls (sago), kolang kaling (palm fruit), cassava tapai, avocado and a variety of fruits.

This is a very versatile dish and many different versions exist. It’s essentially like a fruit salad; there’s no set recipe. Perhaps there are key ingredients added like the shaved ice, condensed milk, syrups, and jelly but there’s nothing set as the traditional way of making it. You can add a mix of ingredients that you like; what makes it Indonesian are the local ingredients that are collectively beloved by Indonesians.

A very similar dessert is common to West Java, Indonesia called by a different name: Es Goyobod.

Other names in different countries:

  • Maylasia: Ais Cendol
  • Singapore: Chendol

  • West Java, Indonesia: Es Goyobod
Ais Kacang!
Flickr photo by Carol Schaffer.

Ais Kacang / ABC – Malaysia

Ais Kacang or ABC (Air Batu Campur) is Malaysian shaved ice. ABC can vary but like other shaved ice flavored syrups, condensed milk, evaporated milk, coconut milk, fruit, nuts, sweetened beans and jellies are used. For ABC the unique available ingredients are red beanssweet corn, palm seed, grass jelly, roasted peanuts, palm sugar syrup, ice cream, durian, sarsi syrup, agar agar, chocolate syrup, cendol, rose syrup, aloe veranata de coco. Common ingredients are:

  • Roasted Peanuts
  • Palm Seed
  • Agar Agar Cubes
  • Grass Jelly
  • Red Beans
  • Sweet Corn

Other names in different countries:

  • Singapore: Ice Kachang

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