The things my mom makes in her kitchen and the joy for us to eat it! Halo-halo’s with a twist.
Halo-Halo is a famous cold dessert in the Philippines. It is best eaten in summer when the sun warms up on you and your tummy just need some cooling down while savoring its sweet and heavenly taste. Traditionally, it is made up of crushed ice, sweetened kidney beans, coconut meat, sweetened corn kernels, sweetened plantains, colored gelatins, then a scoop of ice cream on top. (You can just look it up in the web for the complete recipe)
It is indeed a yummy treat and from its humble beginnings on being hawked down at roadsides or wooden stands, it made its way through famous restaurants while preserving the essence of gathering and partaking into this God-sent food for the soul. In every Filipino household, making halo-halo is as easy as making adobo (another famous delicacy),but the point is…..it is almost solely the only summer treat any true-blooded Filipino can think of. This came to my mom one day as an idea of making a different version of halo-halo while retaining the core taste of its past. Another is because some of its ingredients are seasonal and would be difficult, not to mention, expensive to attain. Before I knew it…..she made her own six version of halo-halos, which by the way has been warmly accepted by her costumers. (I forgot to mention that she owns a small eatery that caters other foods as well)
The most famous from all her creations is the Mango Graham, and as the name suggest, it has fresh mangoes on it and crushed mango graham with vanilla ice cream on top and a mocha Stick-O on the side. Her other works are the Ube Macapuno, which is made of Ube Halaya or Purple Yam with ube Stick-O on side and ube ice cream on top. Then there is the Pineapple Cereals (real chunks of pineapples), Choco Rocky Road, Mais con Caramel (mais by the way means corn), and the last but not the least of the bunch is the Coffee Rocky Road.
People from all walks of life would just drop by and taste her “Samalamig”, the name she calls her halo-halos and to which we do not claim as our own original idea. For those who don’t know, “Samalamig”, which is from the root word ‘lamig’ or that means ‘cold’, is also another famous Filipino cold beverage that has tapioca on it. So yeah, it might be confusing for some but I think my mom still did justice to the name.
I’m rather proud for her hard work into making them and the things she does to revise the ingredients, which were an utmost drag if it were me but perhaps not to the one whose passion is for cooking or in this case…halo-halo making
MANGO GRAHAM! Sorry about the photo guys, the ice cream melted and this is the only photo that I have of it. But at least you know what it looks like. Nice huh. The taste is even better!