Lick the Screen - Hello, halo-halo!
September 6th, 2011
03:45 PM ET
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Chef Dale Talde recently shared his list of five Southeast Asian dishes he felt everyone ought to know, and halo-halo made the cut. Talde wrote:

"This is my favorite Southeast Asian dessert that is essentially shaved ice. Halo-halo is the Filipino name of it and there are variations in a handful of Southeast Asia countries (Air Batu Campur or ABC in Malaysia, for example).

Instead of blueberry-flavored high fructose corn syrup (commonly served at roadside snow cone carts in the U.S.), Filipinos use fresh fruit like mangoes, jack fruit, lychee, avocado and young coconut, then tie the whole thing together with sweetened condensed milk and top it off with puffed rice."

CNN photographer Ted Pio-Roda was on vacation in the Philippines when we ran the post and lo and behold, halo-halo materialized in front of him, as if he'd used The Secret.

Who was he to ignore this message from the heavens, he thought and snapped this photograph so that we all might short out our keyboards with uncontrollable slavering. Behold the full image below and then hie thee to a place with an ice rasp.


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  1. pinay in az

    what the article didn't say about the photo is that the two chunky slabs you see on top of the shave ice is a slice of leche flan (a creamy custard), and a scoop of ube (purple yam) ice cream. yummy!

    September 7, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
  2. Jina

    That looks (and sounds) delicious! It reminds me of a shaved ice treat I used to eat in Korea called pat-bing-su (translation: red bean ice water). The basics are always the same – shaved ice, sweet red beans, milk or condensed milk – but the topping possibilities are endless: fresh or canned fruit, vanilla ice cream, small pieces of mochi, rice powder, fruit syrups, etc. I haven't had one in years, but most Korean bakeries in the US sell it.

    September 7, 2011 at 1:02 pm |
  3. Jerv

    I'd love to try that!

    September 7, 2011 at 11:40 am |
  4. Camille

    I am an American studying in Bangkok right now and the shaved ice desserts the the best! In Thailand you can choose with your shaved ice red beans, steamed pumpkin, corn, mango, pineapple, melon, barley, agar agar jellies, sticky rice, bread cubes, rice crispies, and a number of other delicious items topped off with coconut syrup and condensed milk. When I'm back in the US for good I will be purchasing an ice shaver and eating beans, corn, and squash in all my desserts : )

    September 7, 2011 at 11:08 am |
  5. Eduardo

    We make halo-halo every Friday in our office and everyone partake of this heavenly dessert. We are of a mix race group, so it proves that halo-halo is not just a Filipino dessert, it's international.

    September 7, 2011 at 10:14 am |
  6. pl

    The best part of all is the leche flan and ube ice cream on top! Yum yum!

    September 7, 2011 at 8:03 am |
  7. actorsdiet

    i just had my first one recently:

    September 7, 2011 at 12:58 am |
  8. JW

    Ex-girlfriend is Pinay. She liked halo halo, but I thought it was gross. Much prefer bibingka cassava, turon, ensaymada, Ginataan, and cassava cake. More halo halo for you all, I guess.

    September 6, 2011 at 10:12 pm |
  9. The NOTE

    Is there any place in the States where this might be available? Perhaps New Orleans? Damn, that looks good...

    September 6, 2011 at 9:29 pm |
    • Rey

      Dear friend, you can buy the ingredients in oriental stores that carry filipino foods. Each individual ingredients comes in small glass jars. All you have to do is mix them up in a huge cup, put ice shavings and evaporated milk. Mix and serve. Better yet look for a filipino and ask where they buy their filipino grocery items. Most likely the grocery store has an eatery and for sure they sell halo-halo over there. :~)

      September 6, 2011 at 10:01 pm |
      • Ben

        If an American or any native english speaker will read this article, they'll definitely think this concoction is really good because it's two haylows. The circular thing that hovers above an angel or a saint's head, haylow. Double haylows means double saintly good. He'll approach a Filipino and ask, hey dude do you know where I can get one of those haylow-haylow?

        September 7, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
  10. aron

    This is very delicious, indeed! Love it.

    September 6, 2011 at 8:58 pm |
  11. Rudy Kyuzhu de Canadu

    I love this 'mix-mx'! LOL

    September 6, 2011 at 7:50 pm |
  12. Toro

    Whew, naimas!

    September 6, 2011 at 7:30 pm |
  13. ana jose

    The best dessert fr me! Many have tried to copy it with fructose but I agree with chef tAlde fruit is better! I want one now!

    September 6, 2011 at 7:09 pm |
  14. Angelknives

    certified: RAPSA!!!

    September 6, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
  15. mark

    Wha! Ang sarap naman nyan! Miss ko na halo halo ng pinas! #razon'sicecream

    September 6, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
  16. josstar

    You can also do a mixture of evaporated milk and condensed milk with the shaved ice + ingredients. And depending on your ingredients, you could just use evaporated milk in replace of condensed milk to make it less sweet.

    September 6, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  17. Sybaris


    September 6, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
    • Bubba


      September 6, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
      • bongolock


        September 6, 2011 at 5:57 pm |
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