Chowking’s Halo-Halo: A Mix of Yummy Stuff and Memories

“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.

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29 Responses to Chowking’s Halo-Halo: A Mix of Yummy Stuff and Memories

  1. masood says:

    It was Yummy!

    Well said: “it’s wonderful how some tastes and smell transport you miles away to a different time and place”.

  2. Wana says:

    Looks yummy!!
    In Sg we have Ice Kacang and it looks like dis (

  3. Francesca says:

    Wow, Nadia! What a kind of good things you are showing to me!
    I didn’ t know this dessert, at all… and now I am impatient to taste it, but I don’t know any Filipino restaurat here in Italy, in my area!
    I agree with you: it’s amazing how some memories, and the feelings which belong to them, are recalled to our mind by a flavour (or a smell)…

    • nadia says:

      If you are in Roma, there is a Filipino restaurant called “KuSina” located next to Windrose Hotel (someone posted at Trip Advisor). Perhaps you know where that is. Let me know if you find it.

  4. 'liya says:

    Sounds very interesting especially with the sweetened beans! I did click the link to read more 😀

    I think I should start making a list of desserts to try for myself lol. Today I was reading the paper and read this:–french-macarons-are-a-sweet-trend and I was thinking oh man that looks heavenly. And now I read about this halo halo. I’m craving something sweet!!

    • nadia says:

      Oh, ‘liya, those macarons look absolutely yummy! Making that list of desserts sounds like a very good idea to me, LOL.

      • Francesca says:

        …you’ re an efficient detective!
        Actually, I live in the remote north-east of Italy (close to Trieste), so I’ m pretty far from Rome… but I’ ll keep it in mind, and surely check it out, in case it will happen again to travel until the capital.
        Thank you!

        • nadia says:

          You are most welcome, Francesca! The moment I read Trieste, I immediately looked it up on Picasa Web Albums; looks like a very scenic and peaceful place!

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  6. Frozeefa says:

    Like Wana said, ice kachang. Come
    soon, shall show u ard. We r trying to book tickets to Dubai!!!!

  7. Nisa AK says:

    Hey thats ice kachang! U’d be surprised at the number of varieties and versions these ice desserts come in nowadays! I’m always at a loss when I’m standing in front of the dessert stall, having to pick one from abt 30 over colorful flavors! lolz

    • nadia says:

      Nisa ji, you started a food blog and you didn’t even announce on Facebook?! You always seem to be standing in front of dessert stalls lately, plus your first recipe is a dessert 😉

  8. Oh gosh. That looks sooo yummy!
    Ive never heard of it tbh, Its got such a cute name thu.
    How do pronounce say it? hey-lo?

  9. Mezba says:

    It does indeed look great. I have never tried any dish from the Philippines. This looks like a good one to start with!

    • nadia says:

      If you’re fond of spicy desi food, you won’t like Filipino cuisine much because they’re mild and bland. But I’m sure you’ll love their desserts.

  10. GaraMasala says:

    What are the ingredients in this? From the pic posted, there seems to be ice-cream and some fruits… is there any specific thing in here that makes this yummy? 🙂

  11. Hajar Alwi says:

    Assalamualaikum sis!

    Why must you agonize me with food pornography!!! =( Anyway, we have something similar in Malaysia and Singapore. We call it ABC; Air Batu Campur [mixed ice] or Ais Kacang [iced peanut]. The weather here is becoming hotter by the minute so most of us prefer to cool it off with something like this. 🙂

    Btw, here’s a link from Wiki:

  12. gypsypipe says:

    I grew up eating halo halo. 🙂 Anyone can make their own version of it. Most Filipino households have their own. Just throw in different desserts that you have together with crushed ice! Halo Halo means Mixed & don’t forget to top it of with milk!

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