Aoki's Shave Ice
Member Reviews (8)
- Aoki's Shave IceMember ofFoodiesFeb 07, 2013
Aloha, If you are reading this you probably are trying to decide on a place to go to try Hawaii's famous shave ice. So let me give you some of my own personal theories on what makes a great shave ice.
Da Ice: It all starts with the ice this is the foundation of the shave ice. The block used should be crystal clear with no cloudiness. Some people go for chunk, some go for fine. Why is this important? If the shaved ice isn't fine it won't hold the syrup when poured on top, to big a chunk and its like liquid over an ice cube.
Da Syrup: The syrup should be flavorful. Not super sweet but at the same time not watered down. There should be complete coverage with no white parts showing.
Da Workers: Super awesome friendly workers are important these are the people that bring everything together. You don't want someone with a stinky attitude serving you, that would just kill the whole experience.
Aoki's nails all 3 perfectly. From the super fine ice, the just right syrup to the awesome friendly workers. I know its these 3 things that always brings me back for more.
- If you are diabetic they offer sugar free flavors (Strawberry, Banana, Raspberry and Malona).
- Get the holder, less mess that way.
- Aoki's Shave IceCommunity ManagerMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 8First to ReviewJul 05, 2012
I finally made it up to Hale'iwa after 6 months of being a local. I've been craving to try Matsumoto cause of all the reviews. But my unnamed local friend told me Aoki's was better, so I trusted his opinion. He was so wrong! To my surprise there were NO LINES at Matsumoto's. Every picture I've seen of that place had lines out the door. I should have trusted my instincts and tried their shave ice, but instead I went with my friend to Aoki's. I ordered a small with ice cream and azuki beans. I didn't bother with the extra 50cents for the plastic cup, which will be added to the landfill. The girl that was piling up the cones gave my friend a big stack of shave ice even though he ordered a small, the manager had to walk by her and questioned, "is that a small?" She quickly stopped and handed over the ice to the cashier for my friend's flavoring. When it was my turn, she wasn't as nice, maybe my friend had winked at her. I just got a normal small size. I ordered the Tropical Mix (Blue Hawaii/Guava/Mango). Stepped outside to eat, but it became more of a slurp. A lot of slurp. My friend's shave ice was melting so fast it kept leaking and spilling out. Mines was getting there as well. So much for trying to save the environment by not getting the plastic cup instead we're losing money by the second as the juices were flowing over the paper cone.
Observations and tastes of the shave ice: ice was not fluffy flakes as I expected, tastes were good but it was all watery as the flavors didn't catch onto the ice and kinda filled the space to the bottom. I had to slurp most of the juice, which left the ice lacking taste. Why are the paper cones so narrow, can't they design it like the plastic cup so the juices won't spill? I will definitely have to try Matsumoto the next time I'm up in Hale'iwa. No thanks my unnamed local friend for the wrong suggestion :P.