There are just days when the heat has our body clamoring for not just an ice cream but halo-halo (Philippine sundae). The it has-to-be-Halo-Halo hot kind of weather. In my 7 years in the U.S. I have yet to find a halo-halo that I can describe as good halo-halo in the likes of Chowking ( the best halo-halo can be found in a small town in Tiwi, Albay – in my opinion). I never attempted to make one because we don’t have an ice shaver and I refused to get it because it’ll be another space eater in our tiny kitchen. Didn’t want to make it with a blender either, too time consuming and too much of a hassle.
So how did I manage to make homemade halo-halo without the machines? I improvised. I froze overnight a bowlful of ice with a quarter of milk in it, tiniest bit of sugar and little bits of mango (I think the last one can be skipped) as one would make ice candy but scrimping on the ingredients. The next day I took out the bowl, nuked it in the microwave for 15-20 seconds then pierce the edges with a sturdy fork in stabbing motions. Voilà, perfect serving shaved ice in less than a minute.
I invited a few filipinas over for a merienda of halo-halo and spanish bread and I was prepared to settle for a mediocre homemade halo-halo but to my delight I am not exaggerating when I say it could give Chow King a run for their money. Somehow we just came up with the perfect combination of ingredients.
We mixed kaong, macapuno, jackfruit (in can), unsalted sweet corn (in can), ube halaya (homemade by me), leche flan (homemade by my friend Candice – she used 6 egg yolks) and Quezo Real ice cream (brought by Cielito). The blend of ube, leche flan and ice cream melted just perfectly on our tongues which had us swooning – sending these filipinas to heaven. We didn’t even put additional milk or sugar. We were discussing of maybe adding garbanzos for next time. I am also thinking the sweetened kidney beans would be good too.
It was a sugar overload Tuesday afternoon since Candice also made cassava cake for me as a birthday gift, Cielito also brought frozen Goldilocks polvoron and Rose was armed with Pandan Roll. Of course there was my ever popular Spanish bread. Which got me thinking that our next halo-halo merienda (since we have tons of leftover ingredients) I will bake meat roll with the leftover Spanish bread dough and if I get lucky Candice will also make some lidgid (steamed cassava roll wrapped in banana leaf) for the occasion.
So okay, this is not exactly vegan (although halo-halo can be) more like vegetarian, but I am resigned that I will be more of a relaxed vegan =)