At the end of a good Filipino meal, expect to hear a lot of ice crunching. It’s from dessert, which requires studious spoon-work in and out of a tall dessert glass.
Halo-halo literally translates to mix-mix, and the ingredients that go into this Filipino dessert do seem like a hodgepodge. They’re laid out in parfait-like strata, each layer a distinct part of the delicious dessert. A generous serving of halo-halo will definitely help you forget, for a few minutes, that it’s below zero outside.
We made the trek to Chicago's Isla Pilipina for a frosty glass of halo-halo, breaking down each layer before mixing them up, so we could share with you exactly what goes into each one.
1. Munggo (mung beans)
2. Langka (jackfruit)
3. Nata de coco (coconut gel)
Other options for the fruit base: macapuno (preserved shredded young coconut), sweet corn, kaong (sweet palm fruit)
4. Evaporated milk and sugar
5. Shaved ice
6. Maraschino cherries
7. Leche flan
8. Ice cream (in this case, ube, or purple yam)
Photos by Andrew Nawrocki, Groupon