I’ve always believed the best way to get to know other cultures and peoples is through food. We may speak different languages, practice different religions, and live in different environments, but we all have to eat. I grew up in a very diverse suburban community. Tasting all sorts of different foods that I normally didn’t eat home help to spark my curiosity and fascination for other cultures. I found it super exciting to eat foods that were unfamiliar to me. I enjoy traveling simply because I want to taste everything that the world has to offer!
Today Lab Noon is hosting this Virtual Midsummer Potluck for Peace. There are over 20 food bloggers participating in this event. We’re all contributing foods from different cuisines in hopes to spark conversation and share our cultures.
This is one of my favorite summertime childhood treats. While I was born and raised in Southern California, I spent all my childhood summers in the Philippines. This colorful layered dessert is called halo-halo. Halo-halo in Tagalog translates to “mix-mix.” I think it’s the perfect recipe to share for today’s event because it showcases how completely different (and sometimes random) ingredients can come together to create something tasty and wonderful.
To me, America is still a melting pot of different cultures and peoples- and I love that. I love that you can get Mexican food for breakfast, Vietnamese food for lunch, and Lebanese food for dinner. Growing up, I was exposed to different cuisines because friends were always so willing to share and introduce their foods to others. I personally am always excited to share my favorite Filipino foods with newbies. (Especially pandesal, calamansi juice, and chicken arroz caldo!)
There are countless variations of halo-halo. Ideally, it’s a layered dessert consisting of shaved ice, evaporated milk, ice cream, and variety of different mix-ins. These mix-ins range from sweetened red beans, sweetened white beans, sweetened coconut strings, gelatins, and fruits such as jackfruit, plantains, and lychee. The elaborate versions usually include a serving of flan (leche flan).
The different ingredients are layered in a tall glass. It is topped with shaved ice. (I use this electric shaved ice machine from Amazon and I love it!) It’s important to use shaved ice, not crushed or ice cubes. Shaved ice can be easily mixed with the other ingredients (especially the evaporated milk that is drizzled on top). The finishing touch is the scoop of ube ice cream.
This is my super easy halo-halo that uses store-bought components. (In reality no one really has the time to make all these components from scratch! You can even find a bottled version of all the different components in one jar to make it even easier.) It’s a sweet and refreshing dessert that’s hard to tire of. Each bite is different. Once you mix all the ingredients together, it’s an explosion of different flavors. One bite might have a ton of fruit. The next bite will have ice cream and sweetened red beans. It’s exciting sweet adventure!
Halo-Halo (Filipino Shaved Ice Sundae)
Yield: serves 1, multiply as needed
- Sweet red bean (munggo)
- Sweet white beans
- Coconut gel (nata de coco)
- Macapuno (gelatinous coconut string)
- Fresh or canned Jackfruit, cut into chunks
- Shaved ice
- Evaporated milk
- Ube ice cream
- In a serving glass, layer sweet red bean, sweet white beans, coconut gel, macapuno, and jackfruit. Top with shaved ice. Drizzle about one tablespoon of evaporated milk over shaved ice. Top with a scoop of ube ice cream. Enjoy immediately!
- These ingredients can be found at well-stocked supermarkets. My local Vons and Ralphs carries most of this canned/bottled ingredients in their Asian aisle.
- Filipino markets such as Seafood City and Island Pacific will definitely have all these ingredients. Asian markets like 99 Ranch will also carry these products.
The Little Epicurean
Join in on the festivities and check out the other bloggers participating in #VirtualMidsummerPotluck4Peace
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- Cloudy Kitchen: Earl Grey blueberry pie
- Cook Til Delicious: Cold Sesame Peanut Noodles
- Delicious Not Gorgeous: No Mai Fan
- DisplacedHousewife: Strawberry Scone-Cakes With Fresh Orange Blossom Whipped Cream
- Donuts, dresses and dirt: Tahini Pavlovas
- Floating Kitchen: Blistered Green Beans with Apricots and Chive Blossoms
- Ginger & Toasted Sesame: Walnut Bread with Boursin and Prosciutto
- Harvest and Honey: Chasing Summer (drink)
- On The Plate: Sriracha Scotch Eggs
- Ruby Josephine: Halwa d’Tmar (Moroccan Date-Stuffed Cookies)
- Tasty Seasons: Grilled Mojito Chicken
- Tending the Table: Roasted Cauliflower with Pine Nuts, Parsley and Currants
- TermiNatetor Kitchen: Strawberry Shortcakes with Gluten-Free Yogurt Biscuits & Mint Whipped Cream
- This Mess Is Ours: Simple Tomato & Avocado Salad
- Twigg studios: roasted beet leek and feta quiche
- Vermilion Roots: Tofu Salad with Spiced Peanut Sauce
- Wood and Spoon: Strawberry Almond Skillet Cake