A few months ago, our good friend Janet flew back to Socal from Chicago. We picked her up at LAX around noon and immediately proceeded to do what we know best: eat (barring karaoke, of course).
Younique Cafe is an uninspiring pun on words but does serve pretty good Chinese cafe food. Back in the 90s, I recall it being a Cantonese-style seafood restaurant. In any case, its menu looks a lot like the typical Hong Kong Western-style cafe’s (akin to American diners), consisting of both more traditional Chinese options and Hong Kong-style Western food. There are a plethora of options to be found.
Remember my “Lucky Noodle King” review from not too long ago? Well on that very same day, I had a chance to visit Fluff Ice for dessert.Fluff Ice is located in the Atlantic Square plaza in Monterey Park. I always walk past this place when I go to the 24 Hour Fitness next door. For a long while, I had been meaning to go to Fluff Ice and try their stuff out. I had written a review about “Salju Dessert” a while back, which Fluff Ice had taken note of through their tumblr page. The owner had mentioned that we should come and try Fluff Ice. I had messaged them and said that I would love to come out and try their Fluff Ice and asked what they recommended. Matthew, one of the owners, replied suggesting that I try the Thai Tea Fluff Ice.
I stopped by a few times to Fluff Ice during the day, only to find that I was much too early. Fluff Ice opens up at 1pm in the afternoon. So I was pretty bummed during my first few attempts to try their fluff ice. However, I was happy when Calvin agreed to accompany me after we had lunch.
We came around 1:30-2:00 pm and was surprised to find the store busy with kids and adults alike. The store was brightly colored and had a nice whimsical atmosphere about it. I really love brightly colored walls with white accents. I’m a sucker for places that are just aesthetically pleasing to the eye.
Anyway, I tasted a sample of the Thai Tea Ice, just to see what it tasted like. It was sweet and had a nice Thai Tea Flavor, however I feared that it might be too sweet with the condense milk and in large quantities, so Calvin and I decided to settle on Taro Fluff Ice with mangoes and egg pudding.
So what is Fluff Ice exactly? Well, on the wall of their store, there is a poster that states:
What is Fluff Ice?
It’s not ice cream.
It’s not yogurt.
It’s not your typical shaved ice.
It’s a new type of shaved ice that has not been seen anywhere else.
It’s creamy and has a texture that is so unique that it can only be described as “Fluff Ice”
I must admit, they were true to their word when they said it wasn’t ice cream or yogurt. The consistency of Fluff Ice reminds me a little bit of Class 302’s shaved snow at first glance. However when you taste it, it does have a creamy consistency, reminding you of ice cream. The reason why I wouldn’t say it’s ice cream is being of how light and airy the consistency is when it first touches your tongue, and then it slowly eases into a creamy texture. It is definitely not like shaved ice, because you don’t find the icy, chopped ice particles you would find in shaved ice.
I must say that I was slightly disappointed by our selection of the taro ice, simply because the taro flavor was so subtle, it was hardly noticeable even when consumed in its natural state. Add in the mangoes and the egg pudding, then you just get a cold, cream textured ice that has been overpowered by its toppings. I was expecting a kick of flavor, similar to the flavor I got from the small sample of Thai Tea Fluff Ice. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case with the taro. It’s a shame too, because I really love taro flavored ice creams and desserts.
But don’t knock it until you try it. Fluff Ice offers a good variety of flavors, so choose wisely. I would definitely come back again to try Fluff Ice a second time, but perhaps I won’t try the taro one again.
Try it out, and let me know what you guys think.
500 N Atlantic Blvd
Monterey Park, CA 91754