It’s understandable why most people don’t really eff with shaved ice desserts. Ice cream is the go-to cold sweet thing, cake is meant for celebrations, halo-halo and taho are national treasures. Compared to them, shaved ice desserts are unremarkable, crumbly cold things doused in cheap syrup.
But anybody who thinks that obviously hasn’t been to Shari Shari Kakigori House, that makes shaved ice desserts so top-tier it makes your average snow cone look like a disappointment. And while any time’s a good time for good dessert, we’re all at this weird point in the season right now where the weather just can’t decide if it wants to be extremely hot or just damp, so now’s an especially good time to give SSKH, which began as a branch in Hong Kong, a visit. But if you need more reasons to come through, we’re happy to oblige.
The servings are huge
No, seriously. Order one serving of any flavor on SSKH’s menu and what you’ll get is a shaved iced dessert roughly the size of a fishbowl. And while we have no doubt that you, dear sweet tooth, are perfectly capable of horking down the whole thing by yourself, the heft of this dessert makes it the perfect sweet thing to share with a date. So, the way we see it is: eat half if you just want a palate cleanser after eating something savory; order one for yourself if you really wanna hit the spot; order two… if you feel like it.
The ice is super delicate
Shari Shari Kakigori uses special ice machines sourced from Japan to produce shaved ice so delicate, that you only have 20seconds to take a picture of your huge frozen treat before it starts melting and the shape of it begins to fall away little by little. If you go behind the counter, you can watch the machine go at it at a block of ice and reduce the thing to thin ribbons. You can feel it in the bite, too. It may be shaved ice but the kakigori barely qualifies as crunchy, dissolving on your tongue as soon as you make your first chew.
The flavors are crazy
They offer up an eclectic selection of flavors up in SSKH, and while we can’t speak for everyone single one, we did get to try two. The Earl Grey Kakigori is a delicate balance of sweet and bitter that actually tastes like the tea, and keeps things texturally interesting with crumbled cookie crumbs under the shaved ice. The revelation on the menu though was the Japanese Tofu Kakigori (tofu, can you believe?), which has a subtle sweetness and soybean flavor, topped with Mikan oranges. Expect everything Kakigori to be high quality, as all the sauces are made fresh daily! We recommend you guys try the Melon Kakigori next, made from local melons, which are apparently sweeter than the stuff you get in Japan!
Visit Shari Shari Kakigori House at the ground floor of Serendra, McKinley Parkway, Bonifacio Global City. You can find them on Facebook.