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Monday, April 19, 2010

My Fave Summer Dessert!

Back home, when I was little, my mother used to sell Halo Halo (Iced Tropical Fruits Topped with Ice Cream) on summertime when the heat is very intense. I had fun helping my mother shave ice and cook the ingredients. Halo Halo is very popular in the Philippines any time of the day and any day of the year. This is one of the foods or dessert I greatly miss since I came here in the U.S. Anyway, for some who don't know or no idea what I am talking to here, I have looked up the meaning of it on Wikipedia and this is what it says:

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 kernels or pounded crushed young cornrice (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.

The dessert exemplifies the "east-meets-west" culture in the Philippines, with the ingredients used coming from a wide variety of influences (to cite some examples: red mung beans which are from the Chinese, garbanzos from the Indians, leche flan from the Spaniards, and shaved ice itself, which was introduced to the islands by the Americans).


  1. oh my..halo-halo...ehhehehe....lami kaau ni kay hapit na ang summer!

    musta ang inyong weekend te? busy among weekend kay naa me bisita...nya nag adto me sa pinoy store pod....:)

    salamat sa dalaw ha!

  2. oh gosh i so miss this... asa man tawon ko kita ug halo halo dire oi

  3. ay ang sarap, wahhhhhhh! gusto ko ng halo halo!!!!