Ask any Filipino living abroad about the food they miss eating– it would not be surprising to find “Halo halo” on top of each list.
This mouth-watering dessert’s main ingredients are: shaved ice, evaporated milk, sugar palm (kaong), kidney beans, nata de coco, sweet potato, a scoop of ice cream, leche flan, ube, grated coconut sport (macapuno), jackfruit,and tapioca (sago) and colored gelatin.
Before you eat halo-halo, you need to mix all the ingredients first. Now the mixing takes skill– you have to thrust your teaspoon in an up and down motion, and it’s important to be extra careful not to have spills on the sides of your glass. Continue doing so until all the ingredients have been fully mixed.
For my non-Filipino readers, the word “halo” is actually a Filipino term which means “to mix.”