frozen delights (simply taiwan 3)
There were many times I told my cousins "you've not really been to Taiwan if you haven't ________." And, one of those "fill in the blanks" was "eaten cuo-bing" (剉冰, shaved ice).
Cuo-bing is a wonderful Taiwanese delight!! Cuo-bing is shaved ice topped with yummy stuff. I like it topped with either fruit or an assortment of chewy things. And, traditionally it is topped with things like peanuts, beans, sweet potatoes, or taro pieces. In addition to these yummy things, a sweet syrup water is poured onto the ice and sometimes sweet condensed milk is also added.
The above photo was taken at a self-serve cuo-bing shop at a night market. You fill up the bowl, they weigh it, and then top it with ice and the brown sugar water.
Here are some fruit topped bings I've enjoyed:
Here are some of my students enjoying a great big bowl of fruit bing:
This one is a more traditional bing one of my friends enjoyed--it is topped with green beans, herbal jelly, and peanuts:
These girls are enjoying ice covered with green beans. Yeah, I prefer mango too. ;)
There are many kinds and types of cuo-bing. And . . . they are so YUMMY!!!!