My experiences with Hawaiian shave ice have been dismal in the Northwest. (Hawaiians do not use a “d” at the end of “shave.”) As recently as two weeks ago at Marination Ma Kai in West Seattle, the ice has always been crushed into pellets, tiny to be sure, but pellets nonetheless, crunchy rather than snowy like those made in Hawaii. I am ever searching for good shave ice locally, ready to face disappointment every time.
So it was a mild shock that the shaved ice at Happy Melon, which recently opened in Factoria, was actually not bad. Connected to Jing Jing Asian Market in such a way that it seems part of it, Happy Melon uses an ice machine that does indeed scrape ice from the top of a rotating block, but the result is still not powdery but rather flaked in the style of Chinese xue hua bing. The result is still leagues better than anything else around here. A mound of ice is huge enough to hold three separate flavors of syrup, of which there are many, and scooped into a big plastic cone, which to me always raises the question of environmental friendliness, even in Hawaii. The three syrup flavors I got—passionfruit, mango and coconut—were very sweet and somewhat lacking in intense fruit flavors like those in Hawaii. Still, the shaved ice is good enough (☆☆½) that I won’t have to consider flying to the islands just to satisfy my craving.
Besides shave ice, Happy Melon sells bubble teas, espresso and Chinese baked items and has hot deli foods.
Related posts—best shave ices
- Matsumoto Shave Ice (Hale’iwa,HI)
- Waiola Shave Ice (Honolulu, HI)
- Who Has the Best Shave Ice in Hawaii?
12402 SE 29th St
Bellevue, WA 98006