How to Make Korean Shaved Ice

This guide will teach you how to make real, authentic Korean shaved ice that tastes delicious and unique!


  • Flavored syrup
  • Condensed milk
  • Other toppings (ex. red bean, small rice cake balls)


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    Go to a store and buy the listed food ingredients above.
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    You will need an ice shaver. Proceed to fill the machine with a cup of ice each shave. Too much might clog the machine. (Tip: get a cup and fill it with ice and pour that cup into the machine)
    • Now many people may not have an ice shaver. In that case, find a sizeable milk carton. Thoroughly clean it and fill it with clean water (Or condensed milk, coffee, etc., depending on your desired flavour of shaved ice.) And leave it in the freezer for 2 days. After 2 days, remove the carton from the fridge and peel the carton off. Then use a cheese grater, a spoon, etc. and scrape/grate at the ice until you get the desired amount.
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    Once you feel you have a good portion of shaved ice, add toppings for taste! The more flavored syrup, the stronger the flavor. (Tip: condensed milk is essential, the more you add, the sweeter the concoction. Also, the more condensed milk, the more the height of the shaved ice will decrease.)
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    Retrieve a spoon and enjoy!


  • Shaved Ice Flavouring Ideas:
    • Water
    • Condensed Milk (Add condensed milk and hot water, wait until cooled)
    • Juice (Leeches, coconut, diluted fruit juices,etc.)
    • Coffee (Wait until room temperature before placing in freezer)
  • Topping Ideas:
    • Chopped Strawberries, Melons, Peaches, Lychees,
    • Chocolate Syrup, Strawberry Syrup, Condensed Milk, Juice,
  • There are some Asian markets where you might be able to ask directions on making the shaved ice.


  • Don't put in too much ice. You may clog the machine.

Things You'll Need

  • Ice Shaver
  • Condensed Milk
  • Water + freezer, or Ice
  • Local Korean market (to buy the toppings from!)

Article Info

Categories: Water Ice and Sports Drinks