A little over a year ago we featured Quenelle in Burbank in Dessert Tour with a Q & A and learned about owner John Park and his passion for ice cream. In the time since we’ve spoken to him, John has certainly been busy – with the January grand opening of his new shave ice spot Ice Que in Alhambra and a second location for Quenelle opening soon in San Marino which will include a pressed juicery. James of Dessert Tour stopped by Ice Que to partake of the shave ice goodness.
James tried three of the Oma-QUE-Se menu items, Ice Que’s playful twist on Omakase which is the Japanese phrase for chef’s choice at a sushi restaurant. While you can assemble your own shave ice bowl as you do with halo-halo or patbingsu, Ice Que offers nine chef curated combinations in their Oma-QUE-Se menu. James ordered two of the asian inspired items – Black & White and the current crowd favorite the Milk & Honey. Then he rounded out the day’s tasting with the Horchata bowl.
The Black & White bowl featured black sesame shave snow, condensed milk, coconut tapioca, rice cakes and black sesame flakes. The Milk & Honey featured vanilla shave ice, coffee caramel, egg pudding, honey jelly, rice cakes and coconut flakes. The Horchata was the favorite of James and his crew of the three items that were ordered. It featured cinnamon milk horchata ice cream, caramelized rice, vanilla ice and almond cookie batter. James was particularly fond of the housemade rice crisp that was super light and crunchy when paired with the almond cookie dough.
On corner of Main and 4th
401 W. Main St.
Alhambra, CA 91801
James was also able to catch up with John for a quick minute.
James: With much success coming off of Quenelle Ice Cream, what was the inspiration of opening a shave ice shop? And what sets you apart?
John: Every culture have their version of shave ice. So what we are trying to do is bring that all together with many of the ingredients made in house from scratch… and be true to each culture. So the syrups, sauces, gummies, oreos, mochi for example are all made in house.
Photos courtesy of James Lee of Mr & Mrs Creamery
introduction and edit by AL