Halo-halo is a popular Filipino dessert made out of mixed beans (kidney beans, garbanzos, sugar palm fruit, pounded crushed young rice), fruits (coconut sport, plantains caramelized in sugar, jackfruit), gulaman, tapioca pearls, nata de coco and sweet potato served with milk flavoured shaved ice topped with purple yam, leche flan and sometimes ice cream. I guess if I am to ask this is the best dessert Philippines have to offer, it’s a complete dessert snack that will satisfy you to every scoop until the last drop, it’s an explosion of different flavours and it will sure cool you down on a hot summer day.
Now this recipe is a bit hard to make in New Zealand as we don’t had the usual ice shredder that we can easily buy in the Philippines so instead of using shredded ice that is flavoured with evaporated milk I will be using fresh milk in carton as milk when frozen can be easily shaved by using a normal knife. Also for the Purple Yam I used the store bought bottled yam as this is a bit laborious to make but once I have the time to make it at home I will share that recipe. For the sweetened beans, it’s just a simple method of boiling a cup of beans with 1/2 cup of sugar and pinch of salt. Preparing the different ingredients might take a while but trust me this dessert is so good, very unique taste compared to Western desserts.
Also I would like to thank all readers and people who nominated Ang Sarap in the Philippine Blog Awards 2011. I made it to the finals, I certainly cannot do it without you!
Add your first 10 ingredients on the bottom of a tall glass; this should not exceed 1/3 of the volume of the glass.
Add enough shaved frozen milk to nearly fill the glass, add a tablespoon of sugar if you want it sweet (totally optional as the most of the ingredients are sweet already).
Note: You can use 2 methods of making shaved frozen milk, first is to lightly pound the frozen milk carton inside a towel using a kitchen mallet this is an easy way of having a shaved milk but does not give an even ice texture. Another method is to open the milk carton to get the whole frozen milk block then use a knife to carve the ice this is a better way of doing it as it gives an even texture but it takes much longer
Top with a slice of Leche Flan and purple yam.
If amount of each ingredient is not mentioned you can use as much as you can but recommended amount would be a tablespoon each.
Update: I changed the picture above and I have already an ice shaver so this time I used shaved ice with evaporated milk.