Liang’s Kitchen and snow shaved ice

Every once in a while, S and I crave Liang’s Kitchen. I learned something interesting about the cuisine style recently: it is called “juan cun” (眷村), which refers to the villages that housed Chinese Nationalist soldiers during the Chinese Civil War. So “juan cun” cuisine started with the food served in these villages, with all sorts of mainland Chinese cooking styles. Over time, the dishes were incorporated with Taiwanese flavors, and now “juan cun” is sort of a Chinese-Taiwanese fusion. In particular, there are many flour/noodle-based dishes, which are traditionally northern Chinese. Interesting tidbit.

Anyway, it has been a while since we last visited. They seem to be offering some new specials now:

The first thing that I noticed from this sign was the 雪花冰 – they translated it to shaved ice, but the Chinese actually means “snow shaved ice,” which is a totally different experience. I was pretty stoked to try out the snow ice here.

But dinner first…

Complimentary app: spicy pickled cucumber

We were given a complimentary small dish of spicy pickled cucumbers. The cucumbers were nice and crisp, tossed in a vinegar/sesame oil/chili oil sauce. Nice and refreshing.

Stewed beef luncheon box 紅燴牛肉飯便當

S picked one of the “luncheon box” meals: rice, “main” dish, a couple of side items. The beef stew was pretty standard in flavor. The side veggies were not bad but not too memorable, either.

Hot & sour pork leg noodle soup 酸辣蹄膀湯麵

I actually don’t remember what this was called on the menu in English.. but it was from the special “LKSD” menu on the first page. I had a hard time deciding whether I should actually order this, since I wasn’t sure how pork leg would work with hot & sour soup. Well, the broth was nothing like the thick hot & sour soup (thankfully) – it was more of a clear soy sauce-based broth and had a nice balance between sour, sweet, and spicy. There were two large, thin slices of pork leg, which was very tender. The noodles were medium-thick, nothing too special but definitely not bad. Overall, I really liked this – the broth was definitely quite addictive.

But I did not forget to save room for dessert – snow shaved ice (or shaved snow). You can get a mini for $3.75 (one topping) or super for $6.75 (two toppings). There were six flavors and many toppings to choose from, and you can get chocolate sauce or condensed milk.

I chose a mini with black sesame, with (Asian-style, not American) pudding and mochi (50 cents extra for the second topping), and condensed milk.

Black sesame snow shaved ice with mochi & pudding

(For some reason, it took a really long time to arrive at our table after ordering it, so they upgraded to a large for us.) As you can see, snow shaved ice is pretty different from regular shaved ice – they can somehow make the ice into fine and soft slices, which are stacked on top one another.

The black sesame was really subtle at first – you had to close your eyes and think about it. The condensed milk actually enhanced the sesame flavor a lot, so as you worked your way towards the bottom, it tasted better and better. Maybe I’m more used to sweet black sesame paste. The pudding was a bit bland on its own, but with the condensed milk it was fine. I didn’t like the mochi balls since they were really sweet, but S really liked it – he says that the mochi paired with the sesame reminded him of sesame tang yuan, haha.

I really enjoyed the snow shaved ice – I like it much more than regular shaved ice. Since I haven’t really had snow shaved ice elsewhere, I can’t say how the one here compares to others, but I liked it. Next time, I’d probably try either mango or green tea, which were actually the waitress’ recommendations.

One more pic of the snow shaved ice

Now that I know Liang’s Kitchen has snow shaved ice, I might just be back to visit more often!

Read my previous post on Liang’s Kitchen here.

Liang’s Kitchen
4681 Convoy St, Ste D, San Diego, CA



  1. says

    I just had dinner there tonight! I’m kind of disappointed they didn’t give us a free appetizer. :( I was really compelled to get snow ice, but we got too full from the food. Next time!

    • says

      Aww :( yeah I’ve never gotten an appetizer there until that day, either. I liked the snow ice, but friends tell me that it still can’t compare with the ones in LA, etc. Some day, San Diego, some day..

  2. Jimmy says

    What an awesome find :D I had it in LA and in Taiwan, but didn’t know anywhere had it in SD. Guess I will have to go to Liang’s kitchen again soon :D

  3. says

    I have never heard of snow shaved ice before but I want to try it! It almost looks like a pile of noodles… so intrigued! Thanks for sharing :)

    • says

      Thanks! I haven’t really had snow shaved ice before, either, but now I can’t get it out of my mind, especially since it’s still pretty warm outside… :P

  4. says

    Eeeeeee!!! I am so excited right now!! I have been waiting for Snow shaved ice to hit San Diego. I was at Liang’s a few weeks ago but didn’t see any shaved ice signs. I am so so excited. Also love that they offer a black sesame flavor. I wish they would use the giant mochi that 302 uses instead of the froyo mochi. The quantity also looks kind of small. Nevertheless, I cannot wait to go try it out!!

    • says

      :D I wasn’t sure if you knew about snow shaved ice here so I put this post up asap, haha. Now I’m almost glad that we’re in a heat wave so that I can go back for more!

  5. says

    I like the look and texture of that shaved ice. isn’t it frozen with condensed milk in it? i’ve had something similar and i really liked the texture. so fluffy!

    • says

      Actually I don’t think there’s any condensed milk in the ice itself, they just pour condensed milk over the heap of ice afterwards. Doesn’t it look cool? I’m so amazed that ice can form into soft “pieces” like that.

      • says

        condensed milk makes everything tastes better, doesn’t it! there was a place i went to in alhambra that puts condensed milk in the ice (salju dessert) – it’s an indonesian run dessert place. love those flaky pieces of ice.

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