Restaurant: Salju Dessert
Location: 35 W Valley Blvd, Ste B. Alhambra, CA 91801. (626) 289-3578
Date: September/October, 2013 and many times since
Cuisine: Shave Ice
Rating: Perfect after Szechuan
Most of my San Gabriel valley excursions are to Chinese, and as anyone who eats authentic Chinese knows, you’re more likely to be served taro or red bean than salted caramel budino. And particularly after the sensory assault of Szechuan or Hunan, one needs something to cool off.
Enter Salju Dessert. Here in SoCal we’ve been getting more and more of this kind of Asian shave ice place. I think it originally comes from Taiwan. I already reviewed a Sawtelle outpost. Salju is much further east — but it’s also a lot better.
Green tea snow with chocolate chips.
Classic (sweetened) flavor with gummy bears and Oreos.
Black sesame with berries and chocolate sauce.
Thai ice tea flavored with mochi, graham crackers, and chocolate sauce.
And sweet toast. This innocent looking item is a slice of toast that has been somehow infused with sugar and butter and glazed with sweetened condensed milk. It’s so insanely sweet and rich and somehow a bit like cinnamon toast without the cinnamon but more sugar.