This month, Time-Asia magazine described about 30 of “Asia’s finest experiences for the Mind, Body and Soul…Discover the secrets in our annual guide to the gloriously diverse splendors of Asia.”
The Philippines was not about to passed up in this list!
Under the category “Best Legal High“, writer Liam Fitzpatrick praises the “intoxicating delectation that is halo-halo“, specifically the version created in the lobby bar of the Pennisula Hotel, located along the “smoggy carnage of Ayala Avenue.”
And I qoute: “This psychadelic eye-ball popper comprises of egg-yolk custard, chickpeas, sweetened kidney beans, colored gelatin, red white and green sugar palm, coconut gel, purple-yam preserve, sago in syryp, jackfruit, makapuno, purple-yam ice cream, toasted rice crisps, about an inch of evaporated milk, and- with emphatic excess- sugar.”
Ooof. What do you chase that with?
Apparently it is a hit- “The lobby’s patrons- a Who’s Who of Manila society- are said to order 7,300 hala-halo Haranas a year, or to put it another way, 20 patrons a day seeing double, reeling through the glass doors…thinking “It’s okay. I can deal with it all now. I’m feeling absolutly fine.”
Until the insulin coma hits.
Congrats, Manila! It’s certainly unique!