Halo-halo is a popular Filipino dessert that is a mixture of shaved ice and milk to which are added various boiled sweet beans and fruits, and served cold in a tall glass or bowl.
There is no specific recipe for this dessert, and a wide variety of ingredients are used. The order in which the ingredients are added varies widely. Primary ingredients generally include boiled red mungo beans, kidney beans, garbanzos, kaong, macapuno, and plantains caramelized in sugar. Other components may include jackfruit (langka), star apple, tapioca or sago, nata de coco, purple yam (ube) or sweet potato (kamote), sweetened corn kernels or pounded crushed young rice (pinipig), leche flan or custard, ice cream and gelatin. Other fruits, such as papayas, avocados, kiwifruit, bananas or cherries, may also be added. Some preparations also include ice cream on top of the halo-halo.
Generally, condensed milk or evaporated milk is used instead of fresh milk, due to the tropical climate of the Philippines.
In terms of arrangement, most of the ingredients (fruits, beans, and other sweets) are first placed inside the tall glass, followed by the shaved ice. This is then sprinkled with sugar, and topped with either (or a combination of) leche flan, ube halaya, or ice cream. Condensed milk is poured into the mixture upon serving.
4 cups Ice shavings
4 tbsps Sweet Azuki beans
4 tbsps Macapuno
4 tbsps Diced Preserved jackfruit
4 tbsps Preserved sugar palm
4 tbsps Diced Mango
4 tbsps Diced Kiwi
4 tbsps Diced Strawberry
12 tbsps Whipping cream
Fill four glasses with the ice shavings, then lay the ingredients on top, adding 3 tbsps of whipping cream over each serving. Add condensed milk to taste.