Summer is here and that means long hot days. For many of us, going to the beach or to air-conditioned malls are the best ways to escape the hot summer. There are also other ways to beat the summer heat and that is to eat and drink cold treats.
We Filipinos are fond of cool and sweet treats especially during summer time. I remember when I was young, I always ask my mom for some coins so that I could get some refreshments like the “pink” ice scramble, the “very red” ice snow ball and my favorite drink “Sago’t Gulaman” , the original pearl shake, ( beat that Zagu and other Bubble Tea Shakes). Froyo or Frozen Yogurt was still unknown in this country then and Manong Dirty Ice Cream was still the rock star among kids and kids at heart come merienda time.
If I stay good for the day like taking a bath early or taking a nap during the afternoons, I might get some extra money from my mom, enough to buy the all original Pinoy Ice treat, Halo-Halo.
What is Halo- Halo?
Halo-Halo is an ice based dessert that is famous here in the Philippines. It came from the root word “Halo” or “to mix” because there are different ingredients in the Halo-halo and you need to mix them while eating this cold treat to get the best eating experience by getting different ingredients for every spoonful.
Halo-Halo is composed of several ingredients. Aside form ice and evaporated milk, other ingredients are also added to give more flavor, color and texture for this cold concoction.
Some say that the best Halo-Halo must have one dozen or more sangkap or ingredients. The more the merrier wika nga!!
Most common Halo-Halo Ingredients
- Sweet Corn
- White Beans
- Red Mongo
- Red and green gelatin
- Nata de Coco
- Langka (jackfruit)
- Ube (purple yam)
- Banana (Saging na saba)
- Kamote (sweet potato)
- Melon strips
- Leche Flan
How to Prepare Halo-halo?
The first 15 ingredients stated above are usually placed at the bottom of Halo-halo glass or bowl. Crushed ice is then added. Ube halaya, leche flan and pinipig are place on top for presentation purposes while milk and sugar are added for more sweetness and taste.
Various Ingredients at the top, middle and bottom portion of the Halo-halo glass
Chowking Halo-halo Review
Last weekend was really hot here in Cebu. Cecille and I took a couple of jeep rides from Mactan going to Ayala Center Cebu to see what’s in store during their 3 day mall wide sale.
The journey took around 30 to 40 minutes (the usual no traffic Sunday afternoon) but the temperature was hot thus we decided to go to Chowking first to cool down by taking on their summer best seller: the Chowking Halo-Halo.
Chowking boast of serving the number 1 best selling Halo-halo in the Philippines and backed it up with a survey a number of years back. Who could contest this fact considering this is a fast food chain that has hundreds of stores all across the Philippines.
That being said, we just ordered a regular halo-halo for the 2 of us. There are 2 sizes of Chowking Halo-halo, the regular and the large sized Halo-halo.
Chowking Regular Halo-halo with Ube Ice Cream
The regular sized halo-halo is priced at 69 pesos while the large version is priced at 95 pesos. Both are served with a scoop of Ube Ice cream on top.
The store crew was very busy during that time and almost half of the customers there are either eating their halo halo or waiting for their orders to be served. There were also a large number of Koreans enjoying this icy treat, and that makes me wonder if there is a Korean food and travel blog somewhere in the net that recommends Chowking Halo-Halo to all Koreans going to the Philippines.
How to Eat Halo Halo: Stirred not Shaken!!!!
I ordered the regular halo-halo from the cashier. It took several minutes before our order was served. I didn’t notice that the cashier punched 59 pesos for my order because I also ordered other items like drinks and siopao asado.
What makes Chowking Halo-halo special is their Ube Ice cream. It adds more flavor and color to the halo-halo making it more attractive to eat. I don’t think that they still have the melon flavored ice cream.
When our order came, it didn’t saw any Ube Ice cream on it. I told the service crew about the missing ice cream and he told us that that is really their regular halo-halo. He also told us we just need to add 10 pesos if we want a scoop of ice cream. We gave him a 10 pesos coin and he took our glass and added a scoop of ice cream.
Chowking’s halo-halo contains a number of the basic halo-halo ingredients like leche flan, sago, gulaman, saging, macapuno and pinipig. However I failed to see any kaong and nata de coco from their halo-halo. I asked Cecille if she noticed these 2 missing ingredients and see said no too.
Convenience also gives Chowking Halo-halo a plus factor. With the number of their stores all across the Philippines, it is very easy to buy halo-halo anytime of the day even during night time or the rainy season.
Since summer is upon us, better get your self a good glass of halo-halo to beat the summer heat!!!
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