at the new store on the block, i got the jar of halo-halo mix on impulse after seeing it beside a jar of ube < purple yam > that i had intended to give a colleague at work who had been searching for ube ice cream / my office version of halo-halo had langka, nata de coco, macapuno and sweet beans \ fresh banana instead of saging na saba < a triploid hybrid (ABB) banana cultivar originating from the philippines | primarily a cooking banana > / cubed ice instead of shaved | half-and-half instead of evaporated milk \ so five out of at least 15 standard ingredients, pretty lame / didn’t do justice to this popular filipino summertime dessert \ ube colleague and one of the two 1/2 filipinos were not at work today so we will have to reprise this when they get back / it’s got to be less disappointing
Halo-halo (from Tagalog word halò, “mix”) is a popular Filipino dessert that is a mixture of shaved ice and evaporated milk to which are added various boiled sweet beans and fruits, and served in a tall glass or bowl. Ingredients include boiled kidney beans, garbanzos, sugar palm fruit (kaong), coconut sport (macapuno), and plantains caramelized in sugar, jackfruit (langkâ), gulaman, tapioca, nata de coco, sweet potato (kamote), cheese, pounded crushed young rice (pinipig). In terms of arrangement, most of the ingredients (fruits, beans, and other sweets) are first placed inside the tall glass, followed by the shaved ice. This is then sprinkled with sugar, and topped with either (or a combination of) leche flan, purple yam (ubeng pula), or ice cream. Evaporated milk is poured into the mixture upon serving.