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Beat the Heat With Shave Ice Delights

By Alana Folen Photos By Leah Friel
September 2, 2012

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Double-Custard (original and coffee flavored), Mochi Balls with Condensed Milk ($6)

Cool happenings are taking place in downtown Honolulu with the addition of Ice Forest to Hawaii’s dining scene. Owner Andrew Huang opened the doors to this winter wonderland on Merchant Street earlier this year, and has been serving up an assortment of Taiwanese-style shave ice with a local flair.

“What sets us apart is that we make everything fresh, from the mochi balls to the azuki beans; we even use local taro,”
says Huang, noting that highly requested menu items are Original Custard with Mochi Balls Shave Ice ($5) and Shave Ice with Mochi Balls, Ice Cream and Condensed Milk ($5), among others.

Ice Forest’s signature shave ice Double-Custard, Mochi Balls ($6) has been sweeting up the summer heat as well. It features a mountain of the finest shave ice topped with your choice of flavor(s), original custard, coffee custard and condensed milk.

“We don’t use any preservatives or artificial flavoring; our custards are made from scratch every day. This is a twist on your typical shave ice,” Huang explains of this decadent treat.

Shave Ice with Taro, Mochi Balls and Condensed Milk has made fans out of taro lovers as it’s melt-in-your-mouth delicious. Choose to top it off with milk or up to two shave ice flavors.

“You also can design your own shave ice, which a lot of people like to do,” he adds.

Street parking is available on Merchant Street and at the open lot near the U.S. Post Office a block away. Now open daily, Ice Forest is the perfect place to chill out.

Ice Forest

202 Merchant St., Honolulu
383.1824
Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday, 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.