A Tale of Two Halo-halos

There can’t be anything more decadent than a tall glass of halo-halo after a lauriat. Right across North Park on Banaue St. is Icebergs, which prides itself on exciting spins on the standard Filipino dessert. For the uninitiated, a traditional halo-halo is a little bit of tropical heaven in a glass — a mélange of sweetened jackfruit, plantain (saba), garbanzos, kidney beans, mung beans, ube halaya, chewy nata de coco, kaong, sago, strings of macapuno (a kind of coconut grown in the Philippines) and leche flan (custard) buried under snowy shaved ice and drenched with creamy milk. It is made to mix together using a long handled spoon prior to eating. Mix, mix, halo, halo.
I got a Caramel Flan con Hielo. In all honesty, I was thinking of Razon’s halo-halo when I ordered it. As it turns out, the Caramel Flan con Hielo is a novel concoction of leche flan, sweetened saba, macapuno balls, fresh ripe mango cubes, topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a cherry, and drizzled with light caramel sauce. There’s an unexpected kick from the sourish mangoes, which I liked. I especially enjoyed the lavish portion of chunky macapuno balls.On our way back to Laoag, Joan wanted to sample Razon’s, so we made a stopover at the Petron-Lakeshore on the NLEX before entering the SCTEX.Razon’s halo-halo is a three part medley — mashed sweetened saba, macapuno shreds and leche flan. Looks can be deceiving, this monochromatic halo-halo is a killer. Finely shaved ice melts into a perfect creamy sweetness with pleasing notes of dayap (key lime) waking up the senses. More on Razon’s here.

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5 reasons to love Razon’s halo-halo

My latest intimate moment with Razon’s at the Greenbelt 1

It was love at first taste at the original Razon’s in Guagua, Pamgpanga. I can’t remember the exact year, but I do remember it wasn’t all that easy to find the insider secret to one of the best halo-halos in the land. They were right!

A sweet success story, Razon’s has expanded its wings over the neighboring cities and the Southern Philippines. Keeping the legacy alive are the third generation Razons.

Why I love Razon’s halo-halo:

  1. Neither kaong nor nata de coco in it, only sweetened saba, macapuno strips and generous slivers of creamy leche flan with a hint of dayap.
  2. It’s got finely shaved ice and just the right amount of Carnation evaporated milk.
  3. It’s got no ice cream topping.
  4. It’s under Php100.
  5. It’s not available in Ilocos Norte just yet. Isn’t a long distance love affair sweeter?
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