Thursday, July 3, 2014

Sound Bites: Snow Monster

We are now firmly in the grip of Texas summer, and it's hot. The obvious response - particularly from a food blogger's standpoint - is to use the sweltering weather as an excuse to seek out frozen treats. If you're of like mindset, have I got a tip for you.


Snow Monster, a new spot on N. Lamar (just northwest of the Chinatown shopping center), is serving up Taiwanese snow ice the likes of which Austin has never before seen. Gorgeous ribbons of a frozen milk-based mixture are drizzled with syrup and served with fresh fruit and a dollop of the loveliest panna cotta. The result is so impossibly light and fresh - so light, in fact, that it reminds me of the sensation of eating cotton candy - just a shimmer of flavor and then it's gone. I loved it so much that we went three days...in a row.

Snow Monster strawberry shaved ice
My favorite flavor so far - strawberry shaved ice

Snow Monster strawberry shaved ice

Snow Monster Matcha green tea
Matcha green tea flavor

Snow Monster
Where the magic happens (behind the syrup bottles, sigh)

They have several interesting-sounding flavors like Thai tea and milk tea (served with boba!), but I've always been late at night, when I've been too afraid to flirt with caffeine.

Hurry. Go. Before I eat it all.

Snow Monster
11220 N. Lamar B275
Austin, TX 78753

9 comments:

  1. O.M.G. I had this in Houston a couple months ago and thought - wow, another thing I'll have to drive to Houston to get. And now there is one in Austin! Yay! Although, I am slightly disappointed, as opening up the only Austin Taiwanese snow ice franchise had been my secret fall back second career option. But never mind that - so glad this is here. Thanks for posting!

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    1. Mia, if you'd opened up a Taiwanese snow ice place, it would have been the perfect excuse for me to go every day for the rest of my life. You know, so I could support you!

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  2. Awesome! I've been waiting for my kids to come home from vacation with their grandparents to go try this place… soon!

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    1. Don't wait, Lisa!! Call me anytime and I'll go with you! :D

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  3. Snow ice is the new ramen? I think they're revamping their menu slightly, and introducing new flavors. Sweet. Literally.

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  4. Duuuuuuude. That looks incredible!

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    1. Adding it to the list for you guys' visit, L. Shanna!

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  5. It almost looks like bacon in that picture.

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