Halo-Halo: Saveur’s Recipe Comix

Is Filipino food going mainstream, finally?  The March, 2012 issue of Cook’s Illustrated magazine featured a recipe for the quintessential Filipino national dish, the chicken adobo (also noted by Local Nomad).

And earlier this week, Saveur Magazine’s website featured this halo-halo cartoon recipe (as they note, proof that a recipe does not have to be just words on paper).

Halo-Halo translates to “mix-mix” and is a much-loved, icy, Filipino treat, perfect for the hot Philippine climate, especially in the mid-afternoon.  It is also delicious as a dessert.

The artist for this recipe comix is Toronto-based Michael Deforge.

Halo-Halo is available at Goldilocks and other Filipino restaurants in the Bay Area.

In the Monterey Bay, Lola’s Kusina — not THIS Lola — on 265 Reservation Rd, in Marina (831)384-2600 is a good place to get your halo-halo fix.  My grandsons enjoy their halo-halo topped with their ube (purple yam) ice cream.

For a step-by-step (from scratch) halo-halo recipe, please visit Jun Belen’s blog,  http://blog.junbelen.com/2010/10/10/how-to-make-halo-halo/  Jun Belen is a Philippine-born, San Francisco-based professional food and cookbook photographer.         I have been a fan since learning about Jun’s Saveur-nominated blog — a collection of his Filipino recipes with narratives, and his absolutely beautiful photographs.

And if you have a favorite Bay Area halo-halo spot, please comment and share.

Do you think one day, Filipino food will be as common — and as readily available — as Chinese or Thai food here in the U.S.?

10 thoughts on “Halo-Halo: Saveur’s Recipe Comix

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  2. Hi Lola, thanks so much for the tips on finding and using ube! I will try to track it down online. I live in a little town in southeast Wyoming so I’m sure I won’t find it here. Or I could ask at Walmart just for kicks 🙂

    I will look for Halo Halo when I’m on the CA Central Coast next month — lots of Filipinos there, so there’s some chance.

    And arf arf!! from Sparky — thanks for the birthday wishes.

    • You are welcome! That would be funny if you are able to get that from Walmart there in Wyoming.

      You will not have any problems finding halo-halo or ube when you are here in the Central Coast next month…you are right, lots of Filipinos living here, and the Milpitas, San Jose, Union City areas (and San Francisco and Daly City of course) have many places to get halo-halo. Let me know what you think! At the very least, I’m sure you can find some ube flavored items…cakes etc, at places like “Goldilocks Bakery” in California. Have a safe trip!

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