I kind of came up with this recipe on a whim, I had found GINGER ICE CREAM at the grocery store and was ecstatic about it! This dessert originates from Asia.  Shaved ice consists of ice shavings and is usually topped with various types of sweet beans, jellies, or fruit and drizzled with sugar syrup and condensed milk.  It probably sounds pretty strange for ones who’ve never tried it, but it’s a smorgasbord of different textures and flavors which is why this is one of my favorite desserts.

For this recipe I put shaved ice in the bottom with a scoop of ginger ice cream and topped it with tapioca, fresh raspberries, watermelon and mandarin oranges.  I also placed a small dollop of coconut milk on top as a substitute for condensed milk, it really brought the flavors of the ginger and fruit together. In every spoon full you get the crunch of the ice, the chewiness of the tapioca, then the creaminess of the ice cream and the wonderful flavors of the fruit — see? Smorgasbord :)

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Ingredients for Shaved Ice:

  • 1 cup ice cubes, crushed or shaved
  • 1 pint Hagen Daaz Ginger Ice Cream
  • 1/4 cup tapioca, boiled
  • 1/4 cup fresh watermelon, cubed
  • 1 can canned mandarin oranges
  • 1 pint red raspberries
  • 4 tablespoons coconut milk
  • honey to taste


For the shaved ice, place the crushed or shaved ice at the bottom of the bowl.  Top with a scoop of ginger ice cream.  Garnish with fresh fruit and tapioca and finish with a spoonful of coconut milk.  You can drizzle the top with honey if you would like to add more sweetness!

For those of you who are wondering, Tapioca is a starch that is extracted from a plant called Cassava Root.  You can find tapioca at the Asian market.  I bought ones that have been pre-cooked and they come out just the same as the dried tapioca (it saves you a lot of time and effort).  For the precooked tapioca all you have to do is boil water and allow the tapioca to cook for 5 minutes.  They become soft and have a gummy-bear like consistency.

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  1. Pat Steer (Gaelen) says: 3 Nov ’09 • 18:39:25

    Ginger ice cream, fruit and coconut milk in the same bowl?
    Oh, I am in on so many levels. I have fruit and coconut milk at home; I’m off on a hunt for ginger ice cream now. What a great idea!


    • Joy Zhang says: 3 Nov ’09 • 18:49:41

      I hope you like it Pat! Tell me what you think :)

  2. southbayrantsnraves says: 3 Nov ’09 • 19:46:59

    I love these pictures! So vivid! If it wasn’t so chilly I’d make this!


    • Joy Zhang says: 3 Nov ’09 • 20:30:38

      Thank you for your kind words! haha I guess that’s one of the perks of living in Texas, it never gets chilly enough to say no to cold dessert :)

  3. Steve Mirsky says: 3 Nov ’09 • 21:29:06

    I’m always on the lookout for tasty Asian desserts. This one definitely hits the mark…flavorful and healthy to the core!


    • Joy Zhang says: 3 Nov ’09 • 21:40:57

      Thanks Steve!! I hope you like it :)

  4. kitchenero says: 4 Nov ’09 • 05:59:50

    on cue for photography classes from joy


    • Joy Zhang says: 4 Nov ’09 • 10:40:12

      aw shucks :)

  5. MaryMoh says: 4 Nov ’09 • 07:52:04

    awww…that’s what I badly need now after a good game of badminton. It looks so refreshing and mouth-watering. Am drooling over it…mmm


    • Joy Zhang says: 4 Nov ’09 • 10:37:47

      Thanks MaryMoh! ^_^

  6. linda says: 5 Nov ’09 • 14:35:51

    where do you get shaved ice?
    knowing you you probably shave it yourself :)

    and i finally saw your question the other day about what makes your intimidating

    for me the novice, it’s the ingredients! i have no idea where to find some. or how to pronounce some haha. that’s every recipe though. yesterday i learned what cherry peppers were. wee.


    • Joy Zhang says: 5 Nov ’09 • 15:03:36

      I actually used my blender cuz it has an ice crusher button hahaha. Yeah there are a lot of spices that people may not be familiar with, if you ever need help with anything dont hesitate to ask I can help you! :)

  7. FRESH LOCAL AND BEST says: 5 Nov ’09 • 17:47:32

    This looks like a very refreshing dessert with such a diverse range of bright flavors. I had no idea that Haagan Dazs made ginger ice cream – I learned something new today!


    • Joy Zhang says: 5 Nov ’09 • 18:53:07

      Thanks a bunch :) I was pretty excited when I saw the ginger ice cream too — enough to do a small victory dance in the ice cream aisle!

  8. gwen says: 15 Jul ’10 • 20:24:33

    Wow, once again, you have me gushing and drooling. I am loving the flavors going on here! I think you are my new favorite person…. culinarily speaking. ;-) seriously beautiful pictures too btw! thank you so much for sharing!


    • Joy Zhang says: 20 Jul ’10 • 11:01:41

      Wow!!! Thanks for such a wonderful compliment :) You really made my day, thanks for that!

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