A popular Filipino treat with Japanese origins, haluhalo consists of a blend of fruits, sweet preserves, evaporated milk, and shaved ice. It is frequently topped with a scoop of ice cream. The name literally means “Mix-Mix” referring to the hodgepodge of ingredients.
kaong (sweet palm fruit), macapuno (silky coconut), langka (jackfruit), munggo (mung beans), saba (banana-like plantain), ube (purple yam), mais (corn), nata de coco (coconut gelatin), pinipig (crisped rice), sago (pearls similar to boba)
How to Make Haluhalo
Combine kaong (sweet palm fruit), macapuno (shredded coconut), langka (jackfruit) and red munggo (mung beans) in a parfait glass. Other possible ingredients are slices of saba (plantains), chunks of ube (purple yam), mais (corn), nata de coco (coconut gelatin) and pinipig (pounded dried rice).
Top with shaved ice, evaporated milk and a scoop of ice cream.
Make sure to halo (mix) thoroughly before digging in. Yes, mixing all those goodies at the bottom without spilling the ice and ice cream off the glass is a skill that needs to be honed by regular indulgence!
*According to strict spelling rules of the Tagalog language, this food item is spelled haluhalo, while the compound adjective is spelled halo-halo.
Haluhalo is delicious.