Saturday, December 05, 2009

CLOSED! revisted/dessert: i strongly recommend ICE MONSTER

No. 15, Yong Kang Street

nearest MRT: ZhongXiao/XinSheng or Guting



hours: 11 AM -11 PM

Kid friendliness: can be a crowded tight space, but shaved ice with fruit is healthier than shaved ice with no fruit

Visit reviewed: 12/1/09
Previous visit reviewed: 6/29/2005

Ice Monster on Yong Kang Street is known for its huge mango shaved ice, but when mango is out of season, their other shaved ice options are just as great.

Many Taipei local shaved ice places shut down for winter, but Ice Monster still has a packed house on a weekday December afternoon, indicating I'm not alone in wanting a cold dessert on a cool day. Established in 1995, Ice Monster was the inventor of mango ice, a genius combination of fresh mango cubes, shaved ice and condensed milk, which has been has been copied around the world. During the summer months, there is often a long line and wait for seats in the small seating area.

Their self explanatory picture menu indicates that mango ice is indeed "out of season," but my out of town friends are just fine with the fresh fruit mix shaved ice (NT$160) with kiwi, strawberries and mango jelly (although they used to do it with fresh cubed mango?!!), topped with a huge scoop of mango ice cream, which is what's usually available during the winter season. They also have smoothies, sorbet flavors like passion fruit, strawberry milk, mandarin orange, and shaved ice topped with sweet potato, red bean or rock mochi. Or you can opt for hot options like red bean or peanut soup.

We also try the caramel jelly and custard shaved ice (NT$160), which is surprisingly great. The milky custard, QQ caramel jelly and brown sugar laden shaved ice tastes like a I'm eating a deconstructed Caramel Frappuccino. Mmmmm. I actually like this better than the mango ice, which somehow seems like more of a sugary overload.

While more expensive than most other shaved ice places in town, Ice Monster has become a landmark for mango shaved ice and with their huge portions, a shaved ice is enough to share between 2 or 3 people. Unless you want to keep one all to yourself.

Can you believe Ice Monster was my very first review on this blog almost 4 and half years ago?! To everyone who's been following along my food adventures, thanks for reading and eating with me.

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leblue7 said...

Damn! I should have been a lil more adventurous than with the sweet potato.

LIN said...

Mmmm looks delicious!! Can't wait to try this place out!

Protocol Snow said...

I keep wanting to try Ice Monster every time I visit Taiwan, but I never get around to it :(

joanh said...

leblue7: i'm not sure if i could do sweet potato! but let us know if you try it!

LIN: hope you like it!

Protocol Snow: haha, too busy eating other things!

Jay said...

I'm out of the country right now, but I heard it shut down/is shutting down. Say it ain't so!

LiZhenYAn said...

Ice Monster temporally close down here the owner will open back in 3 month time but different location.

condimentality said...

ice monster re-opened a couple of weeks ago in the same location under a new name ("yongkang 15" - 永康15). I only had the original once, but it seemed quite similar and also quite popular.

Amethy said...

This looks absolutely fantastic! Thanks for sharing!