“This is something like gola ganda!” said Masood comparing the halo-halo to gola ganda, a Pakistani snow cone. We were at Chowking in Karama area earlier today, and I wanted Masood to try this Filipino dessert.
In my opinion, Chowking serves the best halo-halo ever. This Philippines-based restaurant opened its doors to public in the 1980’s when Western-style burger joints were dominating the Philippine fast food scene. Chowking predominantly sells noodle soups, dimsum, and rice toppings. They have branches in the U.S.A. and Indonesia as well.
Chowking’s Karama branch is small, and could not possibly accommodate more than 20 customers at a time. I noticed that all of the staff were Filipinos, except for one Indian-looking guy who looked just as out of place as Masood and I were amidst Filipino customers.
Oh, but the halo-halo was heavenly! The shaved ice was topped with milk, creme caramel, yam, jack fruit, sweetened kidney beans, and ice cream. I recalled many happy childhood memories in my maternal grandparents house as the dessert slowly melted in my mouth. It’s wonderful how some tastes and smell transport you miles away to a different time and place.
More about halo-halo here.