Shave Ice, The Filipino Style

I told my husband that once I can breathe normally without that cliffhanger dilemma we’ve just had, I will go back to Keto. I mean because this diet needs full focus and since I feel so scattered over the last few months, I feel like I can’t commit to dieting. Keto is a diet removing carbs and sugar from your body. Here’s an article just to have an idea about it. I still don’t use regular sugar til date but since I am taking carbs, it won’t get me anywhere near Ketosis.

To honor my vow of starting the diet on Sunday, I am eating this one today – HALO-HALO.

Pardon the mess, mine’s in a bowl

Halo-halo is a Filipino word for mixture or mixed. But that’s also what we call our popular cold dessert in the Philippines. It is a concoction of shave ice, evaporated milk, sugar, and various ingredients including, purple yam (or ube), sweetened beans, coconut strips (or macapuno), sago (tapioca), gulaman (gelatin), corn, boiled sweet potato in cubes, fruit slices, flan, and topped with a scoop of ice cream. This is somehow similar to the popular Matsumoto Shave Ice in Hawaii.

A spoon or two of each ingredient will be placed on a halo-halo glass (usually the tall transparent ones) distributed in even layers for aesthetics. Shave ice will be at the middle and the ice cream, flan, and purple yam are the usual toppings. Then, we pour the milk on top for the ice to absorb… the concept is once everything’s in, you will mix it all as thorough as you can, hence the name.

Here’s how halo-halo should look like. Mine used to look similar to this (as it was purchased from a restaurant called Asian Grill), but I transferred it in a bowl because I get quite messy eating from an overflowing glass.

Image from Braun Household

Xiaomanyc’s video. People trying Halo-Halo in NYC

22 thoughts on “Shave Ice, The Filipino Style

  1. This dessert reminds of of Ice Kachang from Singapore. It has beans, jellies, and corn in it too. I still cannot get over how corn and beans belong in a dessert so I leave it for my Singaporean husband. The ice itself is pretty tasty. I have yet to try Halo Halo.

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    1. Lol. You are right! It’s kind of odd if we think about the ingredients one by one… I haven’t heard of Ice Kachang but it’s highly likely that they’re versions of each other given that both are Asian desserts 🍨

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        1. Oh I think I got the idea…
          I have tried Matsumoto Shave Ice in Hawaii and it was really good… ours are usually rougher than Matsumoto’s although there’s one store in the Philippines that particularly serve one with fine shavings…

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  2. Haha! Halo-halo is so Pinoy! I too was in ketosis and loose 35lbs. But the pandemic made me stop it. It really is very hard and expensive especially here in Pinas where every dish requires rice. Good luck on your upcoming keto diet. 🤗🤗🤗

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    1. Thank you. I guess it’s expensive especially if you’re living in the city. And you are right, rice is hard to resist 😦 If I were in Pinas, I can’t be sure if I can do it…

      Thanks again!

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