Happy First Friday from team Hungry Chopsticks Hawaii!
If you’re dressing up to kickin’ it tonight in Chinatown First Friday bar crawls, chances are by the end of the night you will be craving for something sweet and cold that is not necessarily a Mai Tai. What to do? Go to Wing Shave Ice & Ice Cream parlor, just minutes away from all the hotspots in Chinatown.
Quietly located between a lei shop and a Chinese herbal medicine store, Wing offers some of the best artisanal ice cream on the island. All the ice cream is homemade, with flavors ranging from classic “vaniller” (or, as you might, vanilla) to novelty such as kinako (roasted soybean) and Violet Beauregarde (Blueberry and Violet).
Upon enters the store, you will be greeted by the owner, Miller Royer. Known for his eccentric personality, Miller was polite, fast, and modest in communication. But hey, if the ice cream tastes good, it’s all that matters, right? Also, the shop didn’t offer samples because they made their ice cream in small batches. I think shops that refuse to offer samples must be very confident with their products, and Wing should definitely be.
I opted for the Wing Flight which offers choices of three flavors. I got Vaniller, Mayan Xocolatl (chocolate, cinnamon, cayenne pepper), and Strawberry-Graham. Every ice cream shop I go, I always order vanilla since it is such an essential to determine whether the ice cream is of good quality or not. Wing’s Vaniller did not disappoint: it is light, creamy and not overly sweetened. The Mayan Xocolatl which is basically a flavor spinoff of Mexican hot cocoa, tastes chocolatey and a bit spicy, which I enjoy. However, the star of my Flight is the Strawberry-Graham. It tastes just like Miller got freshly harvested strawberry and made it into ice cream on the same day. The Strawberry-Graham absolutely captures the flavor of what it’s named for.
My companion got a two-scoop choice of Strawberry-Graham and Cookies-n-Cream. He enjoys all the free sprinkles that the shop offers.
Besides the current offerings, Wing welcomes customers to voice out new flavor ideas on a white board. I saw someone put "roasted garlic" on it. The menu keeps changing once in a while, depends on the season and the owner's mood, I suppose.
Besides ice cream, Wing also has shave ice which is a perfect treat for someone who are lactose-intolerant, or for someone who just want shave ice. Understanding that a large number of Asians are lactose-intolerant, Wing has Dairy Relief on the shelf for a sweet quarter. How convenient!
The shop features a cool, eclectic vibe that you just want to sit in there, eat ice cream, and feel super cool about it. However, seating is limited so you can just soak in the vibe for so much and take your ice cream to-go.
Last but not least, save planet Earth, don't waste napkins!