Soft, Airy, Cold, and Creamy

The treat began as a labor of love: huge chunks of ice were manually bladed and shaved into sleets of ice and piled on a platter. The finishing-touch on the snowy mound was a generous topping of sweetened beans and syrup. The modern version of shaved ice is a lot silkier, adorned with fresh fruit, mochi and ice cream. Traditionally a summer dessert, Taiwanese shaved ice is now a perennial crowd-pleaser among the world's pickest dessertarians.

(Photo credit toPhil Denton, CC by SA 2.0)