Summer Time is here and for those who are first time traveler in the Philippines, you should know the best summer treat in the country. Yes, it’s a must try!


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May 2011 when Nick, Canadian friend we met in Krabi visited us in the Philippines. Of course, not only that we toured him around the country from surfing in Aurora, celebrating Holy Week or Lent Season in Pampanga, to food trip of Filipino food. When I asked Nick about all the food we asked him to try out, what is his favorite? Although, he tasted our family’s catering food too, I have to be specific that it should not be included (because he said, he likes mom’s Chicken Cordon Bleu & Buko Pandan).

“My most unforgettable food was Halo-Halo! It’s my favorite. Then, it’s Lechon”. – Nick, Canada

Oh well, he’s lucky that I used to live near La Loma. The birthplace of Lechon. Okay, so let’s talk about his favorite. Halo-halo is not just his but locals’ and visitors as well.

What is Philippines’ Best Summer Treat – HALO-HALO?

Every Filipinos who grew up in the Philippines grew up with this too. Halo-halo is a dessert or a summer treat for everyone. The word ‘Halo-Halo’ means ‘mix’ (or literally translate to ‘mix-mix’ 😀 ), it consists of sweetened beans, fruits (bananas, jackfruit, coconut jelly, coconut, strings), tiny tapiocas, jello, ube, leche flan, ice cream, crushed ice, sugar, and evaporated milk. Some add more ingredients, however they like it.

How to Make Philippines’ Best Summer Treat – HALO-HALO

Well, to give you an idea how it looks like and how to make Halo-Halo. Here’s a video of US version of Halo-Halo (ingredients are mostly from Asian store.

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