So what’s all the fuss about? First, this isn’t crunchy, watery bits of crushed ice — that’s where the ice shaving machine comes in — it’s fluffy, airy, whisper thin layers of shaved ice. The Washington Post describes it as, “Unlike the American snow cone, which relies mostly on colorful syrups, Asian concoctions sometimes forgo syrup entirely and feature fresh fruit, sweet milk, red beans or glutinous rice cakes (mochi), depending on the country of origin.”