Taiwanese mango shaved ice (Mango Kakigori) is easy and perfect dessert to refresh yourself when the weather is hot and humid. Or perhaps, after taking a long bath. Kakigori is what we called shaved ice in Japan and Taiwan style Kakigori may be the most popular cold dessert in Japan among Taiwanese sweet.
I’d always wanted to make authentic Taiwanese shaved ice. Finally, I was able to make it at home with my new shaved ice machine.
How to make Taiwanese mango shaved ice
- Shaved ice machine which shaves the ice into thin, soft and fluffy shards.
- Ice cube tray in case your shaved ice machine doesn’t include specific ice trays.
- Whole milk
1. Blend diced mangoes with whole milk and sugar in a food processor / blender. Then put them in the freezer and wait until it became completely solid.
You can use both frozen or fresh mangoes at this step. I used frozen mangoes. Because fresh mangoes are a little pricey here in Japan. This mango mixture is sweet and delicious enough to eat as it is. So even if where you live is not in the season of fresh mangoes, you can enjoy this shaved ice as long as frozen mangoes are available at your local grocery store.
2. Once your mango ice is ready, it’s time to shave the ice.
Quickly process the machine until the shaved ice look like a mountain.
Sadly, my shaved ice wasn’t like a mountain. Because the little invader of the picture ate most of it!
But it should be piled up high.
3. Once your shaved ice is ready, all you have to do is top it with fresh diced mangoes!
I’m really sure that this mango shaved ice makes you feel like you are in Taiwan!
Recommended shaved ice shops in Tokyo
It’s not related to my recipe though, let me introduce you a recommended 3 shaved ice shops in Tokyo.
First of all, Taiwanese shaved ice. The well known Taiwanese shaved ice shop, ICE MONSTER is also here in Japan. You will be amazed at their monster sized and beautifully decorated shaved ices!
But you might be not attracted to eat Taiwanese food while traveling in Japan. In that case, I think you should go to Momijiya, Japanese style shaved ice shop. They also specialize in shaved ice and you can enjoy shaved ice with Japanese toppings like, Matcha green tea, Japanese sweet potato and Kinako (powdered soy beans).
Lastly, I will introduce Asami Reizo. This is the shaved ice shop that I want to go once in my life. Every time I passed by the place, I was surprised by so many waiting people to enter the shop and gave up to get in the line. It’s located Chichibu-Nagatoro, 2 hours away from Tokyo. Actually, it’s in Saitama prefecture. What’s the difference between normal shaved ice shop and this shop is they produce and use natural ice. The ice is made from natural mountain water and has been solid over 2 months in the pond. If you would like to know what the environment of the pond like, have a look the pictures of this article. My family once ate their shaved ice said it’s completely different from normal ice and super yummy. They also said it’s more fluffy and mild. Um…tempting.
I like to add a bit of the food guide to my post. I hope it will help you to find nice shops in Tokyo.
Taiwanese Mango Shaved Ice (Mango Kakigori)
- 1 cup diced fresh / frozen mango
- 1 cup (250 ml) whole milk
- 3 tbsp white sugar I used granulated sugar.
- 2 fresh mangoes
- Place the diced frozen / fresh mangoes, the milk and the sugar in a food processor / blender and process until well blended.
- Pour the mixture into ice-cube trays or specific containers of your shaved ice machine and freeze overnight until completely solid.
- Cut the fresh mangoes into dice and set aside in the fridge.
- Place a serving bowl under the shaved ice machine and put the mango ice into the machine. Then quickly process until the shaved ice look like a mountain.
- Top the shaved ice with the diced fresh mangoes and serve immediately.