Come summertime one of my favorite ways to chill out is shaved ice, whether of the Dominican or Taiwanese variety. So I was pleased when Hot Spot, a new Taiwanese shaved iced stand opened on Main Street a few days ago. It’s affiliated with the late Ice Fire Land, hence the name. Situated in front of an apothecary, it’s the only grab-and-go shaved stand in Flushing’s Chinatown.
Right now Hot Spot’s offering special prices for its grand opening. If my sugar-shocked memory serves I got a bowl of fluffy white ice with four ingredients for less than five bucks.
Since Hot Spot just opened they don’t yet have my favorite topping, pineapple. So I went with brown sugar syrup, boiled peanuts, blobs of pudding, and red tapioca pearls. The latter was a mistake, had I realized they were strawberry flavored I’d have asked for something else. In any case it was still everything a shaved ice should be: refreshing to the core and packed with sugary goodness. Best of all, it’s available on the street.
Hot Spot, outside N.Y. Tong Ren Tang, 40-34 Main St., Flushing