Last Friday, after covering the media launch of Bacood Festival in Bacoor Cavite, the organizer brought us in the Original Digman Halo Halo in Cavite which is blocks from the Bacoor Municipal Hall.
Digman is actually a small baranggay in Bacoor that owes it’s popularity to its delicious halo halo. There are several restaurants who serve halo halo along the streets of Digman but we tried the Original Digman halo halo who surprisingly has made Digman Halo Halo a patented product since almost all of the restaurants serving Halo Halo in Digman are claiming to be THE original.
Halo-Halo is a famous Filipino dessert composed of shaved ice, evaporated or condensed milk and generally mixed with boiled red mung beans (black mongo), kidney beans, garbanzos, sugar palm fruit (kaong), coconut sport (macapuno), and plantains caramelized in sugar. Other components may include jackfruit (langka), star apple, tapioca or sago, nata de coco, purple yam (ube) or sweet potato (kamote), sweetened corn kernels or pounded crushed young rice (pinipig), leche flan or custard, ice cream and gelatin. Other fruits, such as papayas, avocados, kiwifruit, bananas or cherries, may also be added.
Generally, condensed milk or evaporated milk is used instead of fresh milk since the later has a shorter shelf life while some parts of the country uses coconut milk as a dairy milk replacement. According to Wikipedia, this popular pinoy dessert exemplifies the “east-meets-west” culture of the Filipinos, with the ingredients used coming from a wide variety of influences (to cite some examples: red mung beans which are from the Chinese, garbanzos from the Indian, leche flan from the Spanish, and shaved ice itself which was introduced to the islands by the Americans).
In most rural areas, halo-halo has evolved into a cottage industry and is usually available in every street corner during summer season. This Pinoy Dessert has become a regional refreshment, In fact I have seen a lot of Halo Halo variations like the one in Albay that uses Coconut milk instead of the usual condensed or evaporated milk. In the Province of Aklan, abundance of coconut made them utilize the halved fresh coconuts as the container while Razon’s in Guagua Pampanga made a simple but delicious version of halo halo by using only macapuno, sweetened saba (banana variety), and lime flavored leche flan.
My newly discovered favorite Digman Original Halo-halo contains overwhelming halo-halo ingredients. I like their Ube, which I think is one of the best Ube I’ve ever tasted. Though there was nothing extra ordinary about the leche flan, overall, Digman’s halo halo version is one of the best halo halo in the Islands.
If you have already tried tasting Halo-Halo in ten (10) different islands in the Philippines that only means you still have 6,990 halo halo variations to try out.