During hot season, people in everywhere in the world crave for shaved ice. For Japanese, especially in Kyoto, green tea flavored “Uji-kintoki” shaved ice is the special coldest treat for Kyoto’s hot and humid summer.

While in southeast Asia, these ice sweets are found all year round. This summer I had a chance to visit Singapore, and enjoyed Malay style ice kachang – colorful green & red ice with variety of toppings. And the bowl has probably a maximum volumed ice than any other ice sweets in Thailand.

This highest ice mountain in Asia and Uji-kintoki of Kyoto has a common secret. We must dig into the bottom….both have red bean paste!

IMG 43761 In the bottom of iceberg

Malay Ice Kachang

IMG 42331 In the bottom of iceberg

Kyoto's Uji-kintoki green tea shaved ice

Please remind this Kyoto’s green tea shaved ice is served only during summer.

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