Halo-Halo: a Filipino sundae unlike any other

halo halo

Where Can I Get it?  |  How Can I Make It?

 

What is halo-halo?  Halo-halo (pronounced: ha-loh ha-loh, not hey-low hey-low) is a colorful Filipino dessert that resembles an ice cream sundae.  It literally translates to “mix mix” which is appropriate since it is a combination of several Filipino ingredients that are mixed together when eaten.  Halo-halo usually consists of: shaved ice, evaporated milk, sweet beans, coconut, jackfruit, sago (similar to tapioca) and gulaman (sweet jelly) topped with ube ice cream and pinipig (young toasted rice).

It has gained exposure in the US in the 2010’s thanks to TV shows like Top Chef and Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown.

 

Where can I get it?  Halo-halo can be found in most Filipino restaurants including popular chains like Jolibee and Goldilocks. However, the best halo-halo is usually found in independent mom-and-pop type Filipino restaurants…

Chicago, IL: Isla Pilipina📷: @islapilipina on Instagram

Nashville, TN: Ate’s📷: @atenashville on Instagram

Portland, OR: Tambayan📷: Tambayan on Facebook

Los Angeles, CA: LA Rosehalo halo📷: LA Rose on Facebook

New York, NY: Lumpia Shack📷: Lumpia Shack on Facebook

San Francisco Bay Area (San Bruno): Patio Filipinohalo halo (taken by Glutto)📷: Margie Villanueva

San Diego, CA: Erlinda’s Filipino Cuisine & Ice Cream Parlor📷: Erlinda’s on Facebook

Looking for more places that serve halo halo?  You can find them on Glutto right here.

 

How can I make it? Halo-halo is really easy to make.  The most complicated part is making sure you have the right ingredients, which can usually be found online or at your local International/Asian market.  Here’s a straightforward recipe that you can also save for later on Glutto.

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup ice (shaved/blended)
  • ¼ cup evaporated milk
  • 1 jar halo-halo mix, or get the ingredients separately for more distinct flavors:
    • 2 tablespoons kaong (sugar palm seed)
    • 2 tablespoons sweetened langka (jackfruit – cut into strips)
    • 2 tablespoons macapuno (coconut sport strips)
    • 2 tablespoons red mongo beans
    • 2 tablespoons saba (sweetened plantains)
    • 2 tablespoons ube (purple yam jam)
    • 2 tablespoons leche flan (crème caramel custard)
  • 2 scoops ice cream (best with Filipino flavors: ube, mango, macapuno)

 

Directions

  1. Put the shaved ice in a tall glass and pour all the milk on it.
  2. Add all the other ingredients and top with the ice cream.
  3. Enjoy!

 


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