(SPOT.PH) Halo-halo has become such a staple in Philippine food culture that you'd be hard-pressed to find Filipino restaurants that don't offer their own version of the beloved dessert. Get some ice, milk, ice cream, canned fruits, and flavored jellies, and stuff them into one tall glass, and voila, you've got the classic Filipino
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Here are the best-tasting halo-halo in Manila:
10. Café Via Mare's Halo-Halo (P112, P162/with ice cream)
This nicely proportioned treat looks the part of a perfect halo-halo. It also does a solid job of ticking all the boxes necessary for a good halo-halo—dig in and you’ll find layers of jelly,
See a list of Café Via Mare branches.
9. Aristocrat's Halo-Halo (P125/regular, P150/special)
Aristocrat's halo-halo is what you’d expect a halo-halo to look like if you assembled the ingredients yourself—no holds barred, dump as
See a list of Aristocrat branches.
8. Chowking's Supersangkap Halo-Halo (P50 to P100)
There's no denying that Chowking's Halo-Halo is one of the heavier halo-halos on this list. You’ll get full just by looking at it, where you have ingredient after ingredient crammed into one tall cup. The best part is you can have it almost anywhere as long as there's a Chowking nearby. It has your usual toppings like
See a list of Chowking branches.
7. Manam's Namnam Halo-Halo (P165)
Served in a thick and wide goblet that’s unlike any conventional halo-halo glass you’ve seen, Manam’s version is certainly eye-catching. If cooling down is what you’re after, then this is the best one for you. Their milky and smooth shaved ice and delicious
See a list of Manam branches.
6. Mang Inasal's Pinoy Halo-Halo (P53/small, P73/regular)
With such an affordable price, it’s a shock how much halo-halo you’re getting with Mang Inasal’s rendition. Each element is tasty on its own, with red beans, green pandan jelly,
See a list of Mang Inasal branches.
5. Abe Restaurant's Halo-Halo (P175)
Abe Restaurant plays up their halo-halo’s high-quality ingredients, and it shows how much of a difference it makes with every spoonful. Served in a big goblet, their halo-halo does not scrimp on ingredients. First, you’ll get an extra creamy and flavorful scoop of
See a list of Abe Restaurant branches.
4. Chef Jessie Grill's Halo-Halo (P300)
Don't let the price tag scare you. Apart from this version being on the milky side, the spotlight should really be on their homemade ingredients. On top is a decadent scoop of
Chef Jessie Grill is at G/F The Grove by Rockwell, E. Rodriguez Avenue Jr., Pasig City.
3. Halo-Halo at Razon's of Guagua (P85/junior, P110/regular)
Unlike most halo-halo versions on this list, Razon's famous halo-halo is less striking in terms of appearance—dropping all the colors and earthy flavors of beans and whatnot. Instead of over-flowing the halo-halo, it chooses specific ingredients to come up with an almost all-white version of the Filipino dessert. Containing only evaporated milk,
See a list of Razon's of Guagua branches.
2. Halo-Halo at Kabigting's Halo Halo (P110)
If you think most halo-halo versions have too many toppings, then you should try Kabigting’s version, which boasts only three main ingredients: Mashed brown kidney beans, creamed corn, and beautiful, beautiful pastillas made from carabao’s milk. Served in a colorful plastic cup, this halo-halo is then doused with velvety evaporated milk that works superbly with the fine ice. When one of your ingredients is as deliciously sweet as their glob of pastillas, you only need a few ingredients. And when that’s paired with more savory elements like corn and mashed beans, the cup becomes an explosion of flavors ranging the entire spectrum. Kabigting's gets away with being
Kabigting's Halo Halo has branches at 528 Banawe Avenue corner Calamba Street, Quezon City; Congressional Avenue, Muñoz, Quezon City; and 56-A Lilac Street, SSS Village, Concepcion Dos, Marikina City.
1. Milky Way Café's Milky Way Halo-Halo (P175)
Milky Way takes pride in their version of halo-halo, even calling it “the best since 1962.” And we think they’re right. You won't stop eating this divinely sweet version of the Pinoy dessert until you hit the bottom of their tall and slender halo-halo glass, no matter how full you are. It's perfectly proportioned and layered, with one-third ice cream, one-third ice and milk, and one-third
Milky Way Café is at 2/F Milkyway Building, 900 Arnaiz Avenue, Pasay Road corner Paseo de Roxas, Makati City.
Photos by Jio de Leon
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