As a child, Edwin's mom told him, "If you want to eat, you should cook it yourself." And that's exactly what he's been doing ever since.
Creamy Frozen Dessert With Mixed Fruit
This is a uniquely Filipino dessert that blends influences from Filipino, American, Spanish, and Chinese cuisines. Traditionally, the ingredients are made from scratch, but this quick recipe relies on ready-made ingredients from your local Asian or Hispanic grocery. In the Philippines, we normally have halo-halo as a dessert or even as a snack in the afternoon, especially after school or work.
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- 1 cup ice, crushed or shaved
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 large scoop ube ice cream
- 1 (4-ounce) cup flan (Spanish custard), available at Hispanic stores
- 1 (12-ounce) bottle halo-halo mix, available at Asian stores
What's in the Halo-Halo Mix?
- Add the crushed ice into a tall glass.
- Spoon the contents of the halo-halo mix into the glass.
- Pour the milk into the glass.
- Top with ube ice cream and flan (Spanish custard).
- Milk: You can use evaporated, condensed milk, or heavy cream instead of fresh milk. You can also add more milk if desired.
- Fresh fruit: You can add fresh fruits like bananas or mangoes.
- Sago: Traditional halo-halo calls for "sago" or tapioca pearls. Just prepare the tapioca pearls according to the package directions and drain it. Then add it in step 2 of the instructions.
Edwin Alcantara (author) from California on May 22, 2020:
Thanks Linda. Yes, it's unusual in the West but quite common in Asia to use beans in desserts. I reacted the same way the very first time I tried carrot cake in the USA, because I never thought of using a vegetable in cakes before.
Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on May 21, 2020:
This is an interesting recipe. I was intrigued by your photo when I first saw it. I could see that the recipe contained beans, which I'm not used to seeing in desserts, but I didn't know what some of the other items were. I'd love to try the dessert to see what it tastes like. I think I would enjoy it very much.