Food from The Philippines: Halo Halo

Halo Halo from the Philippines
Halo Halo from the Philippines

Halo Halo from The Philippines

Desert time in the Philippines! Halo Halo is the name given to the ever popular shaved ice dish in the Philippines.

The ingredients of this sweet ice cream dish change depending on region, and … well, who’s making it. But the core items are shaved ice, milk, kidney beans, banana, sugar palm (those hard jelly cubes again), jelly of all types. Additional add ons could range from ice cream (the purple one above is from Ube Ice Cream), corn, rice cereal and condensed milk.

Known by many names in other Asian countries … the big question is, where did it originally come from?

The price can be as low as 30 pesos in a local eatery, up to 100 + pesos in a restaurant. Great stuff on a hot day!

This is an additional post and one of a series highlighting food from the Philippines

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17 Replies to “Food from The Philippines: Halo Halo”

  1. ah! we have this in KL too.. it has slight variations on the ingredients but is basically called ICE KACANG! Cheap, good, plentiful! Next time you come visit we will take u for the best on in town.. in Brickfields!

  2. Wow! Even on a rainy day, I would love to have some of those~!!

    @Ciki Yeah I like Malaysia Ice Kacang =) i’m kinda missing ABC too!

      1. I think it’s the same =) however, in Batu Pahat, where I stay when I’m Malaysia, the Ice Kacang is plain, just the worm-like jelly… compared to ABC with several toppings. Ciki!!! Help me on this!!! Haha =)

  3. Did you find that in the ice cream shop’s dumpster? haha. Looks like a little bit of everything. If I showed that to Chaya or we would be on the next flight to the Philippines.

    1. Yer, it’s the jack of all trade deserts. Can’t say it’s my favorite. Beans and sweetcorn in icecream? There’s also a hideous amount of shaved ice in there. But yes, girls seem to love Halo Halo :)

  4. hey hey just curious. Are you a Couchsurfer too? :)

    and Halo-halo… hmmm I love buco halo more.

    1. Couch Surfing? Yes, I’ve done it. But have found it to be more expensive than a guest house or hostel via Dinners, thank you’s etc. If I don’t mention this website, then the costs go down :)

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