Ingredients of Halo-halo
Halo-halo is a Filipino snack composed of different sweetened foods mixed together with crushed or shaved ice and milk which is usually served in a tall glass or plastic cup. This dessert is popular anywhere you go in the country. The cold taste makes it the favorite of many during summer season. Halo-halo comes in two categories. One is the ordinary mixture of fruits and the other is a mixture of cooked sweetened ingredients usually found in bigger restaurants and food chains. Here are some of the common ingredients:
Gelatin cut in cubes
Sweetened white legume
Ice cream for topping
Scoop a spoonful of sago, shredded young coconut, banana, gelatin cubes, and legume. Put them all together in a tall glass. Add the leche flan which is made of egg yolk and milk with the ube jam. Cover the mixture with the shaved ice and pour enough milk. Depending on the sweetness or your taste, you may add sugar. Finish the mixture with a scoop of ice cream of your flavor placed on top.
Halo halo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Although, this is the common way of preparing halo-halo, there are other ways to mix it. You may mix yours depending on your creativity. However, people who are on the go may just mix the ingredients in any manner they wish as they do not have the time to fix ingredients beautifully. In most restaurants, ingredients are arranged artistically for a better presentation. It is understood that such marketing technique is an effective “come on” to draw more customers.
Eating halo-halo also varies. There are people who may blend the whole ingredients before they eat it. However, there are those who wish to eat ingredients which are on top of the glass first and then mix the rest. Some of the ingredients can also be substituted with other alternatives if the halo-halo is prepared at home. Cherries could be a good substitute for an ice cream. Sweet potatoes are another substitute. Ingredients all depends on the preference of the person preparing halo-halo.