The Best Thing About Asia….Halo-Halo?

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!

3 Comments so far

  1. len (unregistered) on May 22nd, 2006 @ 7:28 pm

    yay for that! i got last year’s best of asia, and there was no entry about the philippines, though there were a lot of features about bangkok and singapore. hopefully, there’d be more about the philippines next year :)

  2. charlie solis (unregistered) on June 2nd, 2006 @ 1:59 am

    don’t count on it, missy (and i’m being pessimistic), with the brilliant public affairs team of GMA-7, i-witness will always have something to rant about their countrymen — stuffs like dirty ice cream created by individuals from the squatters’ area and patronized by the same individuals. yeah, they are THE ONLY Filipinos. I’m particulary proud and always eat Razon’s halo-halo from pampanga. but GMA-7 won’t report on that. it won’t get a GOLD in New York.

  3. Anna Sibal (unregistered) on June 2nd, 2006 @ 7:03 pm

    I have always thought that halo-halo is a uniquely Filipino concoction and that nothing else in the world compares to it.

    But I agree with Charlie. I wish there are more programs on TV that would bring out the more positive side of Filipinos and living in the Philippines. Hearing only about negative things is exhausting.

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