Those with a sweet tooth will soon have a new spot to try two blocks north of Wrigley Field. Snow Junkie is opening on Tuesday morning, serving Taiwanese shaved ice and other Hong Kong-style street desserts.
"People have asked me what it is," owner Oanh Ngo —who also co-owns Anna's Asian Grill & Sushi Bar— wrote. "I replied it's like the middle ground of yogurt because it's light —shaved ice because it's refreshing— and ice cream because it's savory."
Snow Junkie will also serve Hong Kong eggettes. Ngo hopes that these egg waffles give customers a taste of Asia: "People who had tried my waffle said it reminded them of their homeland when they were going to school with friends or when their mom made it for them," Ngo said.
Taiwanese-style shaved ice is relatively new to Chicago. Snow Dragon Shavery has locations in Lincoln Park and Navy Pier.
Ngo plans on opening a second restaurant —Hong Ngu— in Uptown at 1113 W. Argyle St. She continues to work with the restaurant's namesake, Anna Makmok. Ngo aims to be make Hong Ngu unique among the other Asian restaurants in the neighborhood: "Most of the restaurants on Arygle are old fashioned and very busy with their decor," she wrote. "We keep the traditions of Asia like the street food decor inside without putting 100 dishes on the menu."
Check back later for more details on this second Anna's Asian Grill. Visit Snow Junkie tomorrow at noon.
Snow Junkie, 3759 N. Racine Ave., open noon to 8 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday; closed on Monday.