I ran out of ice cream in the fridge, and I found myself craving for something cold and sweet to beat the weather. “What else can I make?” I wondered. “Oh, of course, Halo-halo!” (pronounced ha-loh ha-loh and NOT halo like angel halo). Growing up in Digman, where Halo-halo originated from, I terribly missed this drink. Not that it’s hard to re-create. Most Asian and Filipino stores carry the ingredients. So without much contemplating, I drove to the store and bought the ingredients as well as an ice shaver (only $8.99 for the shaver, core!).
By the way “halo” is Tagalog for “mix”, which pretty much describes the drink: a mix of sweetened tropical fruits, milk, and ice. Halo-halo is similar to the Vietnamese jelly drinks except the Filipino version has more ingredients mixed with evaporated milk and topped with purple and yellow flan. To veganize it, I incorporated the Vietnamese component of using coconut milk. Soymilk and Almond milk can also be used. For the purple flan, I used Will Peji’s recipe for “Ube Halaya“.
Instead of having to buy all the sweetened fruits separately which can be expensive, I found a Halo-halo mix that has all the needed fruits in one jar. The fruits were sweet coconut jelly, red beans, jackfruit, bananas, and white beans.
Makes 1-2 servings, Ready in 5 minutes!
- 5-6 tbsp. Halo-halo sweet fruit mix
- 1/4 cup coconut milk (or soymilk or almond milk)
- 1/4 cup shaved ice
- 2-3 tbsp toasted rice flakes (or rice crisps)
- 1 slice of Ube Halaya (optional) (see below for recipe)
- Add about 3tbsp. sweet fruits in a glass.
- Add a little bit of shaved ice
- Add another 3 tbsp sweet fruits
- Add the rest of the shaved ice
- Carefully pour the milk all over the drink
- Add the rice flakes/crisps
- Top with Ube Yam
And here’s Will Peji‘s recipe for Ube Halaya Yam:
- 1 lb frozen grated Ube (Purple Yam) Thawed
- 1 cup Turbinado Sugar/Brown Sugar
- 1 can Coconut Milk (I used light one for this)
- 1/4 cup Vegan Butter
- 4-6 Servings
- Heat cooking pot then put in butter and let it melt
- Add coconut milk and let it boil
- Add Brown Sugar stir well
- Lower the heat then add the ube mix well
- Stir occasionally until the ube becomes thick about 15-20 mins.
- Put Ube in a mold or container and let it cool I used soup bowl for this one
- Refrigerate to 2hrs and serve
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