Even though the part of the Bay Area where my parents live has a large Taiwanese population, I haven’t been able to find any Taiwanese snow/snowflake shaved ice shops until now. (As a brief recap, snow ice is made with condensed milk ice blocks which is finely shaven in a special machine creating sheets of ice that are fluffy and light, tasting more like ice cream rather than shaved ice.)

Recently Red Hot Wok opened up, a Taiwanese cafe which also offers snow shaved ice. So when I was home for a visit, we went to check it out.

We only came for dessert. I didn’t take a picture of the front as it was quite dark.

I should have taken a picture of the dine-in menu, but I forgot. We were surprised by the lack of description for the snow shaved ice. They were simply labeled “mango snow ice,” “green tea snow ice,” etc. No description was provided as to what toppings would come with the snow ices and there was no option to select toppings either.

Mango Snow Ice

The snow itself was mango flavored and then topped with mango pieces and condensed milk. I actually really enjoyed the mango flavor in the ice. I usually don’t like mango flavored snow because it’s often really tart, but this version was much sweeter.

The ice was soft and fluffy, though it melted much more quickly than other snow ice I’ve had. It wasn’t as good as Class 302 (Irvine or Rowland Heights), but it was good enough to satisfy my cravings. My biggest complaint was the size. For $7.50, I really think they should have given provided more. The owner tries to convince me that it was the same quantity as Class 302, but they simply have a bigger bowl, but I wasn’t convinced. We finished this off really quickly. Normally I can’t eat an entire snow ice by myself, but I’m pretty sure I could have finished one here.

This is my newest Nutella love. Pancakes that taste like Nutella donuts. Combining three loves into one. And they look cute too.

I had been wanting to make Nutella pancakes for a while. Then last week, I came across this Doughnut Pancakes recipe from Cooking Classy and was immediately drawn to the genius of it. Doughnut and pancakes in one? Yes please!

So I combined my desire to make Nutella pancakes, with the idea from Cooking Classy. I’ve made baked donut muffins before which taste a lot like cake donuts, so I tweaked the recipe to add some Nutella. To my surprise, when I cooked it, the batter cooked just like pancake batter, even having bubbles appear like when you make pancakes.


The Fair is currently going on in San Diego, and while I haven’t had a chance yet to visit and try all the new food items, fair food has definitely been on my mind. It occurred to me recently that over the years I’ve actually made a few fair recipes so that I don’t have to wait for the fair or pay the inflated prices for easy-to-make items.

For those wishing to recreate some of their fair favorite foods, here are some recipes I’ve made in the past based on things I’ve had at the Fair:

Fried Avocados

Fried Oreos