Summer Means Halo-Halo
Halo-halo has become a Filipino culture. And so, roadside halo-haluan in our community sprouts like mushrooms. For 15 peso per 12-ounce disposable cup, you get that indulgent and icy cold Pinoy dessert. Nothing beats summer here than a glass of halo-halo.
And, to make sure I do not spend 15 pesos x 5 or 7 (when niece and nephew makes palibre) a day on halo-halo, I get to prepare our own halo. It’s like “do your own halo-halo, make sawa-sawa on the ingredients”.
I bought sago and powdered gulaman on the market and cooked them accordingly. I have to cook the sago with a little brown sugar, just to make sure it’s clean and safe to eat. I also cook sweet potatoes (a.k.a kamote) and saba bananas -sweetened them with brown sugar and pour in few drops of vanilla just for flavor. Then, the leche flan -I try to cook as many as 6 llaneras (aluminum mold) of this dessert either for halo-halo or as dessert. We’re really a family of sweet tooths.
From those sangkap (the red mongo beans and nata de coco are store bought), the rest of the family can enjoy “Eat-All-You-Can-Halo-Halo).
Beat the summer heat. Enjoy halo-halo. Indulge!
Any time of the day.
I must tell you how excited the kids can it be preparing their own halo-halo. One kid doesn’t like kamote, one kid doesn’t like mongo beans. However, they tend to add in more of their favorite ingredients especially the leche flan and sweetened bananas.
They even ask me to cook ube (purple yam). Geez! Can they have enough?