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The Best Taiwanese Dessert You've Probably Never Heard Of: Snow Ice

Snow has hit Houston for the summer.

Snow ice, that is. It's a Taiwanese dessert that's been gaining popularity here in the Bayou City for the past few years, but in spite of its increasing adoration, many Houstonians still don't know much about it. The ice cream--for even though it looks like some sort of coral or ocean plant life, it is ice cream--was supposedly invented at the Shilin Night Market in Taiwan, but Singapore, the Philippines and Hawaii all have similar shaved ice desserts.

Here in Houston, one of the most popular spots is Snow Block Shavery, partially because it's one of the only places you can get snow ice, also called ribbon ice, outside of Chinatown. My favorite spot is a little shop in Dun Huang Plaza off of Bellaire, where Christina Chi has been serving up delectable treats for three years: Nu Cafe.

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Kaitlin Steinberg