Living in the Philippines during summer is not easy as it seems thanks to the hot and humid weather. With the extreme heat that’s taken over Manila, we’re all looking for something to help us cool down. Fortunately, we have ways to keep cool in the form of classic summer cooler, or, perhaps, the classic Halo-halo, which is a sweet dessert that means ‘mixed’ in English.
It is a delicious concoction of shaved ice, milk, ube (purple yam), Leche flan (egg custard), canned fruits, and sweetened beans, among others. This famous Filipino dessert is one of the things that makes summer bearable for most of us.
Razon’s of Guagua
Originally from Pampanga, Razon’s started as a mini refreshment parlor in Guagua that offered afternoon snacks. Unlike the usual Halo-Halo with lots of ingredients, Razon’s Halo-Halo is made up of only three ingredients— macapuno, saging na saba, and Leche flan with a strong milky taste to it but everything comes together perfectly. Razon’s has branches all over the city, so you’re never too far away from their famous Halo-Halo.
For more information, you can check out Razon of Guagua’s Facebook page.
Milky Way Café
Milky Way Café started as a small ice cream shop in 1962 but has since grown to be one of the staples in the area. This restaurant is also known for serving traditional Spanish and Filipino food. Their version of Halo-Halo follows their recipe from 1962 with finely shaved ice and generous servings of Leche flan, ube, gulaman, pinipig, saging na saba, jackfruit, chickpea, and a big scoop of their own ice cream.
Address: 2/F Milkyway Building, 900 Arnaiz Avenue, Pasay Road corner Paseo de Roxas, Makati City
Kabigting’s Halo-Halo is another pride of Pampanga that became a hit for its sweet dessert with a different twist. Kabigting’s version of Halo-Halo boasts only three main ingredients: mashed beans, creamed corn, and pastillas made from carabao’s milk. Despite having only three ingredients, the flavors are so rich that they became an instant favorite by many locals.
Address: 528 Banawe Avenue corner Calamba Street, Quezon City / Congressional Avenue, Muñoz, Quezon City / 56-A Lilac Street, SSS Village, Concepcion Dos, Marikina City
The Aristocrat Restaurant
The Aristocrat Restaurant has been serving exquisite dishes since 1936. They serve their Halo-Halo with everything you can ask for: macapuno, sweetened beans, saging na saba, Leche flan, and ube among many others that make harmony with crushed iced and evaporated milk. It’s definitely the place to go if you’re looking to taste delectable Filipino dishes at the best prices. See a list of Aristocrat branches here.
Manam Comfort Filipino
Manam formerly known as NamNam offers both traditional homestyle cooking and their fresh twists of these classics. Their Halo-Halo comes in huge portions and is served with milky shaved ice, Macapuno, pinipig, nata de coco, saging na saba, and a slice of Leche flan. All the flavors balance perfectly so if cooling down is what you’re after, then this is the best one for you! See a list of Manam branches here.
Sentro 1771 offers a modern twist to local cuisine by fusing Western and Asian influences in Filipino dishes. They have been delighting locals with their classic Filipino meals with a twist like the corned beef sinigang. Their refreshing Halo-Halo is made with beans, nata de coco, sweetened chickpea, and homemade Leche flan.
For more information, you can check out Sentro 1771’s Facebook page.
*Featured image via Manam Comfort Filipino and The Aristocrat Restaurant’s Facebook page