Sure enough, it was.
And what we found was even better than shaved ice. Sure there was regular shaved ice, but Salju Dessert also had shaved snow.
And not just regular shaved snow, flavored shaved snow. Matcha green tea, mango, taro, strawberry, and chocolate ice that gets shaved.
Plus three toppings.
Plus condensed milk.
I've been telling all my shaved ice buddies and the excitement was palpable. Hey, I'm not kidding. Flavored shaved snow is the best thing to happen to shaved ice since, well, since shaved snow. :P
How did I know it was Indonesian? When I saw that the old PinGo Yogurt location, which had been empty for about a year, finally start renovations for a shaved ice place a few months ago I mentioned it to Tony of SinoSoul. He told me the that the word salju was Indonesian for snow.
Salju Dessert only opened less than a week ago. They were so excited when Gourmet Pigs spoke to them in Indonesian.
We decided to go with matcha green tea snow. You can see that the ice is already flavored.
A huge mound of shaved matcha green tea ice with grass jelly, red beans, mangoes, and condensed milk, $5.50.
Look at the finely shaved snow. The consistency is much finer than regular shaved ice. Really like snow.
OK, dig in!
The next day, I had dinner with WeezerMonkey, again at Luscious Dumplings Inc. - San Gabriel, and I talked her into having dessert so that we could order mango and taro shaved ice. For the pictures! For the blog! And she was all for it. I love having blog friends who could totally understand.
Mango shaved ice.
There's also the usual frozen yogurt array of toppings so you're not confined to just Asian fruit shaved ice flavors.
It's actually a pretty cute place. They kept the same pebbled floor from PinGo Yogurt. Free Wi-Fi too. They want you to visit! And to linger!
Mango shaved ice with blueberries, kiwi, and strawberries with condensed milk, $5.50.
Taro shaved ice with mangoes, grass jelly, and jackfruit, with condensed milk, $5.50.
Purple shaved ice! That's really why I wanted to get taro. I actually liked the mango and matcha green tea shaved ice flavors best.
After I got home, I saw that my childhood friend had messaged me to ask if I wanted to go to Salju Dessert. I had told her about it after my first visit. Doh! I should have checked my phone while I was there, but I was having such fun catching up with WeezerMonkey, I didn't even think of it.
I told childhood friend that if she came over right away and ordered strawberry shaved ice, I'd sit with her and she gets to be on the blog. So she drove out from L.A. just to accommodate me. Don't I have the best friends?
Strawberry shaved ice with grass jelly, red bean, and boba with condensed milk. The boba is mixed in with the grass jelly so you can't see as well, but it was soooo incredibly soft.
My friend was afraid she couldn't eat the whole thing by herself. I had a few bites, but she wolfed it all down. It was that good.
What are you waiting for? Go!
Flavored shaved ice!
I'd tell you to tell them I sent ya, except they don't know who I am. I'm just the weird girl who came in three times in two days. :P
They also have cards. Buy 10 shaved snows and get $2.75. So don't forget to get a stamp! Summer's not over yet!
August 9, 2015 update:
After yet another visit to Luscious Dumplings, I stopped by with my friend E(L) for some shaved snow. We ordered strawberry, mango, and Vietnamese iced coffee shaved snows. Salju Dessert also has Thai iced tea-flavored shaved snow too.
Other shaved ice places:
Class 302 Taiwanese Cuisine - Rowland Heights
ID Cha House - San Gabriel
Kang Kang Food Court - Alhambra
Pa Pa Walk - San Gabriel
35 W. Valley Blvd., #B
Alhambra, CA 91801
Sunday to Thursday noon to 11 p.m.
Friday and Saturday noon to midnight
1 year ago today,
2 years ago today, Monsieur Vuong - Berlin - Germany.
3 years ago today, pistachio gelato at Bulgarini Gelato Artigianale - Altadena.
4 years ago today, my go-to place for to-go banh mi (Vietnamese sandwiches) and other cheap eats Banh Mi & Che Cali Restaurant - Alhambra.