We love frozen puddings of all types, but halo halo is one of our favourites. Where can it be found in Dubai?
Halo halo is the Philippine’s own frozen ice dessert, a treat featuring layers of fruit preserves, and occasionally beans and sweetcorn.
All topped off with frozen ice, milk and a dollop of caramel sauce or ice cream.
DeliBite 4/7 Halo halo and ice cream Dhs14 The shaved ice had refrozen into cumbersome blocks, rather than melting on the tongue, but otherwise this was a sturdy contender with savoury elements to combat the diabetes-inducing sweetness. Jelly cubes came in red and green, ice cream was vanilla, and other ingredients included red mung beans, cherries, sweet corn and strawberry milk. Served in a bowl rather than a tall glass, which feels suitably childish.
DeliBite, Al Hudaiba (Plant) Street, between Iranian Hospital emergency entrance and Al Maya Lal’s Supermarket, Satwa (04 345 3845)
Magic Fork 2/7 Halo halo Dhs10 While we appreciated the unassuming interior of Magic Fork (the restaurant screams authenticity, rich flavours and character), we can’t say we felt the same way about the eatery’s halo halo, which certifiably possessed none of those attributes. The concoction was made with virtually flavourless mung beans and a murky treacle that did little to add to the dessert’s taste. The proportion of milky shaved ice to other ingredients was also lacking. The whole thing was about as exciting as spooning one’s way through a bowl of evaporated milk.
Magic Fork, Karama, across from the Karama Municipality building (04 397 2424). Tagpuan 5/7 Halo halo Dhs15 Our main qualm with Tagpuan’s halo halo was the impossible glass it came in. It was so narrow that it was difficult to get to the preserved fruit at the bottom, which is a shame, because these jellies are what gives the dessert its flavour and balance. The mango ice cream topping the lot was a nice touch, but the amount of flavourless shaved ice in the middle detracted from the dessert’s strong, more pleasant taste sensations.
Tagpuan, Karama, next to Karachi Darbar (04 337 3959).
Pinoy Grill 6/7 Halo halo Dhs12 The broad-rimmed glass that this dessert monster is served in makes it easier to get at the many ingredients that fill it. Unlike some of its plainer brethren, the Pinoy Grill version of this sweet includes jackfruit, red and blue jelly cubes, sweetcorn, mung beans and mashed purple yam. Also, we like that it is soaked in sweet evaporated milk rather than plain milk.
Pinoy Grill, Rigga Street, next to Burger King (04 222 2225).