[NYC - Chinatown] The Little One - Kakigori - Yummy summertime treat!

The Little One in Chinatown is SO great! The kakigori (Japanese shaved ice treat) is SO authentic, unlike the other kakigori place that's all over Instagram.

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I like to think of myself as kind of a shaved ice expert...I used to tell people, while I was living in Korea, my favorite Korean food is bingsu (Korean shaved ice). I was living in Japan right at the end of kakogori season, so I have only had a handful of "authentic" Japanese kakigori. BUT, I can tell you that the kakigori at The Little One is very authentic. 
It's not hipsterized or all for the gram, like the other place in Chinatown (I will write about that place next week, so stay tuned.

The ice here is so light! The flavor is throughout and doesn't taste like artificial syrup (yuck). I got the Hojicha Kakigori. If you haven't tried hojicha yet, let me try to explain it (as a side note, the hojicha KitKats only available in Kyoto are one of my favorite KitKat flavors of all time). Hojicha* is roasted green tea. It's got kind of a smooth, yet earthy flavor, but doesn't taste like dirt. The roasting process brings out the tea flavor even more. The tea, when steeped, is a brown color, much like the color of this kakigori.

The ice is fluffy. I don't know how they infused the flavor throughout the ice without melting it, but they did. Just go there to at least marvel this. The kakigori is topped with a thick whipped cream topping and some lime zest. This added a bit of savory freshness to each bite.
The flavor is very fresh and clean, much like the atmosphere and decor of the shop itself.

If you are left wanting more, you can also opt to get the Dorayaki (Japanese stuffed pancakes), Monaka Ice Creams (ice cream sandwiches with unique flavors), fruit sorbets, or any of the plentiful beverages.

There are also Strawberry and Matcha flavored Kakigori available and they are more "instaworthy" options if you are looking to spruce up your feed.

I would highly recommend checking out The Little One on your next trip!





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