One would normally prefer a halo halo which has more ingredients since as the saying goes, the more the merrier. An exception to this though is Razon’s of Guagua’s famous halo halo.
The ingredients are the topping leche flan, finely shaved ice underneath, then a mixture of milk, macapuno and banana. At first, I doubted that I’ll be satisfied just with these few ingredients but lo and behold! It is way better than the normal halo halo with all the beans, fruits or ice cream. It is also quite filling to the tummy because of the sweetened bananas which are already a meal on its own.
Guaga is located in Pampanga at the northern part of the Philippines. I also read from Ambeth Ocampo from the Daily Inquirer that the origin of halo-halo can be traced to the prewar Japanese, who specialized in preserving beans like mongo, garbanzos, and kidney beans in a thick syrup. They then took the next step by serving these on crushed ice—a concoction that we have since indigenized into a Philippine version of the Japanese kakigori.
Wherever this heavenly halo halo may come from, you are sure to enjoy this simple version from any of Razon’s numerous branches.