Halo-Halo: Traditional Summer Treat in the Philippines
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Halo-Halo: Traditional Summer Treat in the Philippines

Halo-Halo is a traditional Filipino treat consisting of a blend of fruits, sweet preserves, evaporated milk, and shaved ice. It is frequently topped with a scoop of ice cream. Halo literally means mix - "Mix-Mix."


Halo-Halo is a traditional Filipino treat consisting of a blend of fruits, sweet preserves, evaporated milk, and shaved ice. It is frequently topped with a scoop of ice cream. Halo literally means mix - "Mix-Mix."

It is a favorite Filipino craving for cold dessert especially during summer, just as ice cream. It is usually served in tall, clear glasses that show its colorful contents that tempt one's taste buds. One's thirst is even made worse by the perspiring ice-filled glass, and the melting ice cream on top.

It is basically a mixture of sweet preserved beans(red beans / chick peas), coconut meat (macapuno), jackfruit (langka), pounded dried rice (pinipig), sweet yam (ube), cream flan (leche flan), shreds of sweetened plantain (saba), filled with crushed ice, milk and topped with ice cream. The halo-halo basically is sweet, creamy, and a filling dessert.

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image from Philippine Hospitaltiy by O'Boyle and Alejandro, 1988

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Halo-Halo Ingredients:

? Kaong (sweet palm fruit)

? Macapuno (silky coconut)

? Langka (jackfruit)

? Red Munggo (mung beans / kidney beans)

? Saba (banana-like plantain)

? Ube (purple yam)

? Mais (corn kernels)

? Nata de Coco (coconut gelatin)

? Pinipig (dried rice, pounded)

? Custard or crème caramel (leche plan)

? Sago (pearls similar to boba)

? Garabanzos (chick peas)

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How to Make Halo-Halo (Tropical Fruit Melange)

Combine kaong (sweet palm fruit), macapuno (shredded coconut), langka (jackfruit) and red munggo (mung beans) in a parfait glass. Other ingredients are slices of saba (plantains), chunks of ube (purple yam), mais (corn kernels), nata de coco (coconut gelatin) and pinipig (pounded dried rice).

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? 2 tablespoons kaong (sweet palm fruit)

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? 2 tablespoons langka (jackfruit)

? 2 tablespoons macapuno (shredded coconut )

? 2 tablespoons sweetened kidney beans or red mung beans (optional)

? 2 tablespoons sweetened garabanzos (chick peas) optional

? 2 tablespoons sweetened plantains

? 2 tablespoons ube (purple yam)

? 2 tablespoons custard or crème caramel

? 2 tablespoons sweetened corn kernels

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? 2 tablespoons of nata de coco (coconut gelatin)

? 1 tablespoon of pinipig (pounded dried rice)

? 1 tablespoon of sago (pearls similar to boba)

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? crushed ice (preferably ice made from mineral water) to fill glass

? 2/3 evaporated milk or fresh milk if possible

? a scoop of ice cream on top

Top with crushed ice, evaporated milk and a scoop of ice cream. Some do not want to add some ingredients like red mung beans and chick peas so some ingredients are left to be optional, as you wish.


Note: Make sure to halo (mix) thoroughly before digging in. Yes, mixing all those goodies at the bottom without spilling the ice and ice cream off the glass is a skill that needs to be perfect by regular indulgence!




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Comments (14)

Sounds delicious and looks lovely. Thank you for the introduction to Halo Halo.

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Thanks Roberta.

wow,ang sarap namn...

well researched, written and illustrated article. Now I know something new as many Filipino collegues are working with me in the same university. Thanks foe sharing Sir

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I love halo-halo (Chowking's) especially now that it's summer. But I have to avoid it or else my tonsils suffer. Great presentation on halo-halo.

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You're always welcome Abdel and thanks for the comment, I hope you enjoy the company of your Filipino colleagues. Thanks Aileen.

Sounds great, will be trying this one later in the year. Thanks Ron.

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Thanks Dee.

Sounds YUMMY! I am definitely going to try it out ....thanks a lot Ron :)

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Thanks Kiran.

Never had this.. at least I dont think so.. sometimes we go to a Heritage festival in Edmonton in the summer where people can sample all kinds of ethnic foods, I shall look for this.

It seems really delicious from the pictures.

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Thanks Brenda. Thanks Ram.

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Just revisited for review.