BODY IMAGE: Hotel Jen Manila : Halo-Halo!
BODY IMAGE: Hotel Jen Manila : Halo-Halo!

No, really, it’s not how the people in Manila Filipinos greet people. Halo-halo, the Tagalog word for “mix-mix”, is actually a delicious Filipino dessert that will cool you down in the hottest weather. Traditionally it’s served in a bowl or tall glass with layers of goodies, including but not limited to a blend of fruits, sweet preserves, evaporated milk, and shaved ice. It is usually topped with a scoop of ube (purple yam) ice cream.

Here’s a simple recipe so you can make this treat at home when you miss the food in Manila.

Halo-halo mixture (sweetened red beans and chickpeas)
Macapuno (preserved shredded young coconut)
Kaong (palm nuts)
Nata de coco (coconut gel)
Cubes of tropical fruits (cantaloupe, mango or banana)
Crushed or shaved ice
1/2 cup evaporated milk
Ice cream (Ube is recommended, but you can also use vanilla or mango)

Half-fill a tall glass with layers of the first five ingredients. Cover with enough shaved ice to fill the glass. Pour over the evaporated milk. Top with a scoop of ice cream.

My team is very familiar with the dessert and if you need to go hunt down the ingredients to bring home, they know where to shop!