Beat the Heat with Thai Shaved Ice

Posted by Nitar Lohaphaisan on 31st May 2014

Thai Shaved Ice or Nam Kang Sai (น้ำแข็งใส)

Most commonly found on the streets of Thailand, Thai shaved ice is the perfect cool-down treat for this early summer heat we’re having in Los Angeles. This icy dessert is similar to that of a snow cone, but served in a bowl (or in a bag if purchased off the streets of Thailand).

A mound of crushed ice can be topped with several options: pieces of Jackfruit, coconut jelly, candied taro, water chestnuts, kernels of sweet corn, pandan flavored droplets, toddy palm and more! Drizzled with coconut milk or condensed milk, the textures of all the variety of toppings with the crunch of ice in a milky bath calls for a memorable dessert!

As it’s easy to make your own sweet creation, it may be a little overwhelming if you’re not familiar with these traditional Thai toppings. If those toppings don’t suit your tastebuds, try a simpler mix with Hale’s Blue Boy Sala Flavored Syrup and condensed milk. The sweetness of both pair well with the ice and make for a pretty-in-pink hue on top of the ice.

Ready for a bite of ice? We recommend trying these local Los Angeles spots:

Bhan Kanom Thai

Sanam Luang Cafe

Krua Thai


Thai Shaved Ice

Photo credit: Mark Wiens