Missing Halo-halo

by - Monday, April 12, 2010

The last time I had a bowl of halo-halo was in March of this year. Chowking was the first food place that popped up in my mind the very day I landed in Manila. I had a petit order of halo-halo --- what a treat!
Anyway what is halo-halo? Wikipedia has the complete description of what halo-halo is all about:

"Halo-halo (from Tagalog word halò, "mix") is a popular Filipino dessert that is a mixture of shaved ice and milk to which are added various boiled sweet beans and fruits, and served cold in a tall glass or bowl.

There is no specific recipe for this dessert, and a wide variety of ingredients are used. The order in which the ingredients are added varies widely. Primary ingredients generally include boiled red mung beans (munggó), kidney beans, garbanzos, sugar palm fruit (kaong), coconut sport (macapuno), and plantains caramelized in sugar. Other components may include jackfruit (langkâ), star apple, tapioca or sago, nata de coco, purple yam (ube) or sweet potato (kamote), sweetened corn kernels or pounded crushed young rice (pinipig), leche flan or custard, ice cream and gelatin. Other fruits, such as papayas, avocados, kiwifruit, bananas or cherries, may also be added. Some preparations also include ice cream on top of the halo-halo.

Generally, condensed milk or evaporated milk is used instead of fresh milk, due to the tropical climate of the Philippines.

In terms of arrangement, most of the ingredients (fruits, beans, and other sweets) are first placed inside the tall glass, followed by the shaved ice. This is then sprinkled with sugar, and topped with either (or a combination of) leche flan, ube halaya, or ice cream. Condensed or evaporated milk is poured into the mixture upon serving."

There are tons of places where you can get halo-halo in the Philippines. But whenever my taste buds crave for one, my instinct instantly whispers, "Chowking!" and I do not have any idea why.

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  1. just had mine yesterday...this is such a sweet treat especially at this time of the year,aw i hope i can send u a halo halo hehe but that's not possible lol

  2. Sarap nyan lalo na pag homemade kasi di tipid sa sa ingredients. Bitin ako sa chowking halo halo kasi ang konti ng laman. e ang takaw ko pa namn. hehehe!

  3. Hi Maxi! :* ;) :)

    I like the looks of it in the pic, and I've never heard of this one before either. When and if I ever go to the Philippines, I would probably try this out.

    Have a good week ahead and hope you get completely better soon my very dear blugging friend! ;) :)


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