Mango Snowflake shaved ice from Nu Cafe at 9889 Bellaire Blvd, Ste 112A Houston, TX 77036.
The snowflake ice at Nu Cafe is different from most other shaved ice places. Ten+ hours of preparation are needed where the sweeteners, flavorings, milk, and other ingredients are mixed and frozen in large cylindrical blocks. When served, the ice blocks are shaved so that customers are given a tower of sheetlike milky, cool ice.
I was a little disappointed by the size of the dessert. The images at the shop had shown significantly taller ice towers, but whatever. I still thought it was too little ice for $7 or so. Anyway, the ice was actually really good and refreshing. We ordered the mango flavored ice, but it didn’t really taste very mango-y. The flavor of the ice was really more reminiscent of that green, enzyme-ish aftertaste of mango and not the actual mango flesh itself. The mango flavored syrup was way more flavorful than the shaved ice. The fruit at Nu Cafe was very fresh, but the red beans weren’t sweet enough for my tastes.
The snowflake ice at Nu Cafe is still definitely worth a try, and I’ve heard that the green tea shaved ice is much, much better! :) Nu Cafe also has other Taiwanese foods, both sweet and savory, but I can’t judge them as I haven’t tried any of those dishes. :)
Qin’s Noodle House at 9889 Bellaire Blvd. Houston, TX 77036.
We decided to try this place becaude it was recommended to Andrea with the simple description “cheap and big portions.” This turned out to be very true. With the exception of a handful of menu choices, everything else on the menu was around $7 at most. The fabled portions turned out to be true as well. I felt like the bowls were the size of a small bathroom sink. Mr. Kwan and I couldn’t even finish our dishes. The restaurant also has self-serve wonton and sweet and sour soup as well as water and tea.
Andre and Mr. Kwan ordered the Beef Noodle Soup. Andrea thought is was really fatty, but I guess that could be expected for a giant $5 bowl of soup. Kwan couldn’t finish his; it was just too filling. It wasn’t quiet spicy enough for Andrea’s tastes, so she added a lot of the chili oil. Andrea managed to finish all the noodles and veggies but remarked that she felt disgusting afterward.
I ordered the House Special Soup ($7). I can’t read Chinese, and the English description just said “house special.” I thought it would be a safe bet. OMG! It was humungous! My soup arrived in the same giant bowls as Andrea and Kwan’s food, but it was piled over with seafood and veggies. It was a little spicier than I expected, but it was still easily palatable. This soup reminded me a lot of the Korean soup Jambbong. When I ordered this, I did not know that it was a seafood dish. The soup contained whole shrimp, squid, fish balls, scallops, and a lot of shredded imitation crab. I don’t really like to eat imitation crab or fish balls, so I wish I had known about that. It was still pretty good. I especially like the noodles at Qin’s.
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Mango, Strawberry, and Watermelon Shaved Ice from Juice Box at 9889 Bellaire Blvd. Houston, TX 77036.
It looks unappetizing, but it was so, so good. There really isn’t much to it. Fresh strawberries, mango, and watermelon on top of a pile of shaved ice and drenched in sweetened condensed milk all topped off with a scoop of strawberry ice cream. So good! My only complaint is that there was a lot of condensed milk pooled beneath the ice. The mangoes were a little bitter, but I know they were out of season. I still like that Juice Box uses all fresh fruit. Just be knowledgeable about what you order so you can get fruit at their tastiest when you visit. :3
These weirdos next to us (jk guys) ordered the chocolate avocado shaved ice. What were you guys thinking. The avocado wasn’t even in season. I’ve ordered it before, and it’s interesting. That’s all I can say.