Aaaahh, summer! 🙂 SUMMER brings us with a lot of happy & refreshing images. SUN. BEACH. OUTDOORS. NATURE. FRESH FRUITS. In the Philippines, we feel the BEST of summer in the months of APRIL & MAY ( though most foreign tourists think that we are having summer all-year round). However, as FEBRUARY ends and MARCH comes, we can already feel the hot, dry days. Temperatures usually range from as high as 32-36 degrees Celsius or around 90-97 Fahrenheit. Yes, it also gets to be humid at this time so it’s kinda’ sweaty, too. Get the picture?!?!
FUN in summer also means refreshing food to enjoy! I would always crave for a tall glass or a big bowl of HALO-HALO. It’s a mixture of fruits and some sweetened ingredients. It’s fondly translated as “MIX-MIX” in English. This is my ultimate summer COMFORT FOOD! 🙂
It is quite easy & simple to prepare. You can do it at home. Some will go to a place which offers this as a dessert. Yes, it is usually classified as a dessert or a snack food in a restaurant or fastfood joint. In fact, a food chain here in our country is so popular because of their halo-halo. Perhaps even more popular than their main food fare.
All you have to do is layer all the ingredients in a tall glass or bowl. The usual measurement per ingredient is (1) tablespoon. You may have 2 or more tablespoons if you like. Add sugar, if needed. Put the shaved ice and then pour the milk over it. You may or may not have the toppings. But I prefer the one with toppings. The one with no toppings is referred to as the “REGULAR” halo-halo while the complete one with the toppings is “SPECIAL” halo-halo.
Here are the ingredients :
No hard rules – you may skip one, two or three of the ingredients – your preference). The “must-haves” are the shaved ice & evaporated milk.
- shaved ice
- evaporated milk
- sugar palm fruit (kaong)
- coconut sport (macapuno)
- caramelized banana plantains (saba)
- caramelized sweet potatoes
- gelatin (the bright colors will add to the texture)
- sweetened corn kernels
- pounded dried young rice (pinipig)
- boiled sweet beans (red &/or white)
- sweetened jackfruit ( can be : avocado, papaya, mango ( cut in cubes ) or cherries)
For TOPPINGS :
- LECHE FLAN or CUSTARD
- ICE CREAM – Any flavor but UBE or sweet purple yam is the MOST popular here ( my favorite -somehow it blends well with all the other ingredients…)
In fact, Anthony Bourdain (a popular American chef, author and TV personality) had a taste of this halo-halo in one of his food trips when he was in the area where a popular Filipino fastfood joint is. In the CNN news, halo-halo is described as a dessert consisting of red beans, white beans, Jell-O, chick peas, coconut , shaved ice and flan. As Bourdain further said, “It makes no goddamn sense at all. I love it.” He called halo-halo as “oddly beautiful. “
Anyone who wants to try to make one? All you really have to do is to mix all ingredients. MIX. LAYER. EAT. Easy as 1-2-3. ENJOY!!!!!
You will definitely LOVE it…you will be in good company. 🙂
Have a HAPPY LIFE!
"I dream of summers that last forever....."