Food Trip: Halo-Halo

Summer is the best season in the Philippines not only because you are free to roam around the country's countless beaches but also because most of the delicious Filipino foods are better eaten during this season.


One such food is the popular Filipino dessert -the Halo-Halo. Derived from the Filipino word halo which means "to mix".

Basic Halo-halo

Halo-halo in buko 

The halo-halo is a mixture of shaved ice, various boiled sweet beans, and fruits. It is served in a tall glass or bowl topped with evaporated milk and finally a scoop of ice cream, leche flan, or ube.

Team Nicerio's do it yourself Halo-Halo

The ingredients of the halo-halo vary depending on availability or location. The essential ingredients that are irreplaceable in the halo-halo are the shaved ice, sugar, gulaman, and fresh/evaporated milk.

Common Ingredients for Halo-Halo:*

Shaved ice

Red Gulaman

Home-made Leche Flan

Ube (Purple Yam)

Nata de Coco

  1. sugar
  2. gulaman
  3. leche flan
  4. ice cream
  5. shaved ice
  6. nata de coco
  7. ube (purple yam)
  8. milk (fresh or evaporated)

Optional Ingredients:

Whole Kernel Corn


Red Mongo Beans

Macapuno Strings

Nata De Coco

  1. cheese
  2. tapioca
  3. garbanzos
  4. jackfruit (langka)
  5. whole kernel corn
  6. boiled kidney beans
  7. sugar palm fruit (kaong)
  8. sweet potato (kamote)
  9. pounded crushed young rice (pinipig)
  10. coconut sport strings (macapuno strings)  
*Note: Use only the ingredients that are available to you. No need to complete these. In some restaurants, they only use 5-6 ingredients.

Halo-Halo with a generous amount of ingredients

In terms of the arrangement, most of the ingredients (fruits, beans, and other sweets) are placed first in the tall glass*, followed by the shaved ice. Then topped with either (or a combination of) leche flan, ice cream, ube, or langka. Lastly, the evaporated milk is poured into the mixture upon serving.

*Note: You could customize your container. In some places in the Philippines, the halo-halo is served in a coconut while in other places it's served in a bowl.

If you don't have the ingredients to make halo-halo, you can order them in some of the well-known restaurants listed below:

  • Chowking
  • Razon's of Guagua
  • Little Quiapo
  • Aristocrat
  • Manam
  • Mang Inasal
  • Kuya J Restaurant
  • Kabigting's Halo-Halo
  • Aling Taleng's Halo-Halo in Pangasinan, Laguna
  • Halo-Halo de Iloko in San Fernando, La Union
  • Digman halo-Halo in Bacoor, Cavite


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