In a tropical country like the Philippines where the scorching heat of the sun can be brutal most days of the year, locals have learned to adapt by visiting places with milder weather, taking a dip in the pool, or keeping cool with an icy and well-loved Filipino dessert known as halo-halo. The mix of thinly shaved ice, fresh evaporated milk, sweetened fruits, and jelly can calm anyone’s hot head when the temperature rises. As your local travel guide in the Philippines, here are top 5 best Halo-halo in Manila.
1. Aling Consuelo Original Halo-halo
Located along the streets of Ugbo in Tondo, Manila since 1960, locals and foreign tourists head over to get a taste of this simple yet sweet delicacy. Their halo-halo is known for having a generous amount of ube (purple yam), leche flan (egg custard), and macapuno (soft, shredded coconut flesh) in their servings. Aside from its goodness and rich, creamy flavour in every bite, each halo-halo is very affordable.
2. Razon’s of Guagua Halo-halo
Another specialty restaurant from Pampanga became popular among locals because of their famous halo-halo that’s known for its excellent taste. What previously started as a mini refreshment parlour in Guagua, Razon’s now has over 20 branches in Metro Manila. Unlike the usual halo-halo with a lot of ingredients, Razon’s halo-halo features only three choices – sun-ripened Saba bananas, macapuno, leche flan with dayap (lime) mixed to perfection.
Icebergs was once the frozen yogurt and milk tea of the 90’s but its mainstream favorite, Super Halo Halo, still remains the undisputed winner throughout all seasons. While the ingredients might have been scrimped over time, Super Halo Halo’s milk and ube flavors mix so well with cornflakes and corn!
Kabigting’s started as a small sari-sari (or neighbourhood convenience) store from Arayat, Pampanga. With its brave trio of ingredients mashed beans, corn and carabao’s milk, it seriously puts a good running against Razon’s.
5. Chowking’s Halo-Halo
Every time the word ‘halo-halo’ is mentioned, only one name comes to mind and it is Chowking. The fast-food giant brought the unique Filipino dessert to the mainstream media and elevated it from a typical merienda to a more upscale but still affordable treat. It has also become iconic over the years. Their halo-halo is flavorful, generous when it comes to the ingredients and super affordable.