This is, to my reckoning, the Philippines’ most widely recognised dessert (thanks to ChowKing branches all over the world). This, my friends, is called halo-halo. ‘Halo' in Tagalog means 'mix' so basically halo-halo means something like…a mixture? Wow I am bad at this. Erm so anyways, halo-halo isn’t anything fancy, really. It’s just shaved ice topped with milk and a wide variety of fruits and beans, sometimes with cornflakes as well. But it is just so good, especially during the summer. Like this summer, there was a whole week I went to ChowKing everyday just to eat halo-halo.
By the way, ChowKing is a Chinese fast food restaurant from the Philippines and their halo-halo is one of the best in the entire country. Their halo-halo is consistently mind-blowingly delicious and has never once disappointed me. So what makes a ChowKing halo-halo? Or, specifically, what makes a ChowKing halo-halo that I can remember? :D
- shaved ice
- sugar (I’m not actually sure if ChowKing uses milk and sugar or if they use already sweetened milk, but in other places, they serve the sugar separately. I actually like that because you can control how sweet your halo-halo would be.)
- ice cream (The ice cream is actually not part of the halo-halo. You order it separately as an additional topping.)
- leche flan (also known as flan or créme caramel)
- ube (Purple yam. This is my favourite topping!)
- pinipig (Sort of like…rice flakes?)
- mung beans
- kidney beans
- kaong (sugar palm fruit)
- jack fruit
- nata de coco
Would you look at that, I just gave you a recipe. Anyways, halo-halo is similar to Malaysia’s ais kacang, Indonesia’s es cendol, Korea’s patbingsu, Japan’s kakigori and Vietnam’s che sam bo luong. Anyways, you eat halo-halo by “halo-ing” all the ingredients. Just…get in there and mix everything together. But the way I eat it is first I eat the flan, then I mix everything together BUT the ice cream. That’s how I roll.
As far as I know, ChowKing has branches in the USA, the Middle East and Indonesia. So if you live in these countries/areas, uh, just ask around if there’s a ChowKing near you. (But I am sure that there are several ChowKing branches in California, just not sure about the East Coast.)
So, there you go! Later tater! :D
P.S. This has been a ChowKing appreciation post. LOL
P.P.S. Oh and thanks to my Tito Sam for ‘sponsoring’ this article. Hahaha :D
NOTE: hollvn reblogged this and corrected me regarding the che sam bo luong:
Sam bo luong is the sea weed & lotus seed mixed drink. Halo-halo is more similar to che ba mau, which contains mung bean, kidney bean, jelly, shaved ice, and coconut milk.