The Famous Halo-halo From the Philippines

Before dwelling deep into the sweet, creamy and yummy side of halo-halo, an overview for those alienated by the term:

Halo-halo (from Tagalog halo, “mix”) is a popular Filipino dessert that is a mixture of shaved ice, milk, and sugar, to which is added various sweet beans and fruits, and generally served cold in a tall glass. (Wikipedia)

Imagine that. Now if that doesn’t make you drool, think about the combination of red munggo beans, kidney beans, garbanzo beans, sugar palm fruit (kaong), coconut sport (macapuno), jackfruit (langka), tapioca or sago, nata de coco, purple yam (ube) or sweet potato (kamote), sweetened corn kernels or pounded crushed rice (pinipig), leche flan or custard, evaporated milk and gelatin. And to top that vision add up a scoop or two of your favorite ice cream!

Just thinking about halo-halo makes my mouth water. Rain or shine, halo-halo serves as a delight to all food trippers, young and old alike. In Iligan City, Philippines, a number of fastfoods and restaurants serve halo-halos which will surely make you come back and ask for more.

Zoey Cafe – Popularly known by Iliganons to Pinoy HD have the best halo-halo recipe in town, Zoey CafĂ©’s halo-halo serving will surely leave you full and satisfied.

Chowking – Available rain or shine, with free delivery too! Chowking is known nationwide to serve the most affordable and delectable halo-halo. You can even choose to have the half-dozen, petite or fiesta size with your choice of putting ice cream on top or not.

Dear Manok – Halo-halo is uniquely served straight from green coconuts thus their term “buko halo”. What makes their halo-halo stand out from other halo-halos is that once you’ve consumed the entire goodie, you can scrape off the sweet and juicy coconut meat from the insides of the coconut.

Park Avenue – Affordable, convenient and economical, Park Avenue serves their treat mainly to the busy and heat-driven shoppers near Trendline Center. It surely is the best way to cool off after a tiring day of shopping and bargaining!

Go ahead and cool off! If you have the chance to visit Iligan, go on a food trip and don’t miss the chance to try out the city’s best brain freezers: our unique and original halo-halos.

Faith Marie Melendres, RN

Iligan City, Philippines

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