The weather has been sizzling hot and humid lately and all of us are looking for ways to cool down. Times like these, nothing beats a refreshing glass of every Pinoy’s favorite dessert — the halo-halo. Literally mix-mix, this treat is typically made of shaved ice, evaporated milk, sweetened fruits, leche flan, purple yam and jelly is a surefire way to cool you down when the temperature rises.
If you’re traveling around the country this summer, here are some of the unique versions of halo-halo you should definitely look out for.
Halo-Halo de Iloko from San Fernando, La Union
Those visiting La Union usually make a stop at Halo-Halo de Iloko, a homegrown restaurant that serves reputedly the best halo-halo in the city. Their version has all the standard ingredients like tapioca, nata de coco, coconut strips, red beans, ube halaya (candied purple yam), plus some yema, bits of cheese and ice cream. What makes it special is the presentation. This signature dessert is served on half a coconut shell with a frond of a palm leaf sticking out, which makes it look extra festive and appetizing. It’s big enough for two to three people to share!
Razon’s Halo-Halo from Guagua, Pampanga
Razon’s Halo-Halo from Guagua may not be as colorful as other types of halo-halo. In fact, it’s made with only three ingredients: macapuno, saba banana, and leche flan topped with powdery shaved ice. However, locals and loyal patrons swear by this time-tested recipe, making it a must-try every time you visit the Culinary Capital of the country.
Kabigting’s Halo-Halo from Arayat, Pampanga
Another favorite from Pampanga, Kabigting’s Halo-Halo has always been popular in their hometown of Arayat. Their version also has just three simple ingredients: mashed beans, corn and carabao milk pastillas with a base of extra fine shaved ice. The carabao milk pastillas gives it that distinct creamy sweet taste you’ll find yourself craving.
DJC’s Halo-Halo with Cheese from Tiwi, Albay
If you’re going to Legazpi in the Bicol region, you have to try DJC’s famous Halo-Halo topped with grated cheese! Originally from the small town of Tiwi in Albay, they now have branches all over Legazpi and Naga City. For those who don’t like overwhelmingly sweet desserts, the salty cheese adds a touch of contrast to the otherwise sweet flavor of this well-loved dessert.