Star Snow Ice Part 2: Sweet Vanilla Ice

Yesterday we talked about the soup at Star Snow Ice, the amazing restaurant tucked away in the corner of a plaza off Bellaire and Beltway 8; today we take on its sweet offerings. Snow ice, a common dessert in Asia, has gained in popularity here. It's served two different ways. One version comes with fresh fruit, shaved ice, condensed milk and, sometimes, salty plum syrup; the other is a savory dessert-snack hybrid consisting of various beans, egg puddings and other odd ingredients that might shock the conservative palette. We decided to go for the "mixed fruit snow ice" and were not disappointed.

The "snow" consists of shaved ice and shaved "vanilla ice," a frozen gluten-free mix that recreates the creamy sensation of condensed milk without all the fat or lactose. The vanilla ice is stunning -- we strongly suggest asking for extra vanilla ice and less regular ice. Various fruits are available; we decided to go with mango, strawberry, watermelon and more mango. Covered with condensed milk and topped with mango ice cream, this treat is one to share. Hell, three people may not be able to take this bad boy down. And it comes in at just under $5.

Star Snow also has one of the meanest milk teas with tapioca in town. And don't miss the mocha float either.

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