The summer months make me crave shave ice… not shaved ice. I’m talking SHAVE ice. It’s the fine icy treat that President Obama indulges in when he visits Hawaii. In Los Angeles, we have Get Shaved which is as close as it gets to the real deal in Hawaii but their store is all the way in North Hollywood and their food truck is hard to track down because it covers a big area (ahem… @getshaved, please come to downtown LA during the weekday!!).
When I was in Hawaii this spring, I made a pilgrimage to Matsumoto General Store that specializes in this fluffy refreshing goodie. Check out my video of my experience and why shave ice isn’t your everyday snow cone. By the way, this is the first video I’ve posted and I’m on the fence if this is going to be a regular feature. I still need to work on my Final Cut skills. But please leave a comment if you want more videos (or not).
I mention li hing mui in this video and you’re probably wondering… exactly what is it? Well, it’s a salty plum powder. I know your taste buds just turned when I said that. The flavor is a nice rounded taste of salty and sweet that goes well with the sweet flavors of the shave ice. Lots of Hawaiians actually dip their fruit (like pineapples) and sometimes gummy bears in this reddish-orange colored powder. My roommate, Isabella, was the one who told me about the li hing mui and my life hasn’t been the same since then.
Here’s a closer look at Matsumoto’s.
Even though Matsumoto’s is known for their shave ice, they really are a general store. They sell candy, food, trinkets, and t-shirts.
Here’s a close-up photo of my friend’s shave ice — she got the Matsumoto special which is coconut, lemon, and pineapple.
Let me know if you want more video and also if you have suggestions on the best shave ice outside of Hawaii… especially if it’s in Southern California.