Hi, I will be starting a series of pointers on what we believe creates a good Hawaiian styled shave ice. Of course opinions on the perfect shave ice may differ from person to person and store to store, but here is what we have learned over the years.
Use a block ice shaver. Best shave ice are produced by block ice shavers, period. Do not believe the gimmicks that company's out there provide saying how their non block ice shaver produce fine cuts that melts in your mouth. We have tested many shave ice machines over the years and we stand firm on our verdict. Although cube shavers produce decent quality, it is impossible to replicate that of a finely tuned block ice shaver. Block ice shavers shave from a solid block of ice rather than from whirling cubes therefore it produces the consistency needed for a fine shave.
Block ice shavers contain better detailed blade adjustments which helps the operator pinpoint exact shaving textures they wish to achieve, a cube ice shaver or a sno ball machine is not able to replicate that. Fine textured shaved ice is made slowly on a block shaver by lowering the blade to a low and fine setting. Shave ice is not made with rapid speed machines like sno cone or sno ball machines, it needs to take time to shave.
If there is any questions regarding this topic, please feel free to reply and make suggestions.