The Refreshing and Popular Raspao
The raspao is commonly sold from small carts which hold all necessary ingredients and tools.
The first step for creating a raspao is to vigorously scrape a block of ice in order to fill a conic paper vase.
Then, a fruit-flavored syrup is poured on the ice cone. Traditionally, the most popular in Panama is the red one.
Next comes the dressing: sweetened condensed milk.
When an order consists of many raspaos, they are held in a rack so the raspadero can work on the rest of the order.
Some clients ask for another sweet dressing: sugar cane honey.
Over the years, some raspaderos have diversified their products. Such is the case of this malt shake raspao.
Raspao is the Panamanian name for the product known as ice cone or shaved ice. It is basically a vaseload of finely cut ice with fruit syrup poured in. Traditionally, it is topped with sweetened condensed milk and can have additional ingredients such as sugar cane honey or malt-shake.
Due to our hot Panamanian weather, the raspado is a very popular way of refreshing. It is consumed by Panamanians of all ages and economic backgrounds. When there are demonstrations, festivals, sports events religious processions and other mass events, there are always raspaderos quenching the thirst of the participants.
The gentlemen of the picture are Mr. Modesto Diaz Quesada and his son Héctor. The elder Mr. Diaz is one of the better know raspaderos in Downtown Panama City because his involvement in this business since 1955.