Halo-halo among '10 food fads worth traveling for'
MANILA – The Filipino dessert halo-halo was recognized in the United States, with a website saying that it is worth traveling for.
An article in smartertravel.com, which was also published in the website of USA Today, included halo-halo in its list of “10 food fads worth traveling for,” putting it alongside the very popular cronut (a croissant-donut hybrid) and the ramen burger (a burger with ramen noodles as buns).
Writer Christine Sarkis noted how halo-halo rose to fame in the United States after well-known chef and TV host Anthony Bourdain tried it for an episode of “Parts Unknown,” which airs on CNN.
“In its native Philippines, halo-halo (pronounced hah-low rather than hay-low) isn’t a mere passing fad, it’s a classic summer treat. In the US, though, the dessert that chef and television personality Anthony Bourdain called “oddly beautiful” is just starting to catch on,” Sarkis wrote.
“Halo-halo, which looks like a Technicolor ice cream sundae, contains some combination of sweet preserved beans, coconut meat, yam, flan, jackfruit, plantain, ice, milk and ice cream. Find halo-halo at Filipino restaurants and some ice cream and boba-tea shops,” she added.
Aside from the halo-halo, cronut and ramen burger, other “food fads” included in the list are the umami burger (a burger with “umami ketchup”), the townie (a brownie tart), the crookie (a croissant-cookie hybrid), frozen s’mores, Japadog (hotdogs with Asian-inspired flavor combinations), Bantam bagels (mini bagel balls that are filled instead of topped) and gourmet popcorn.
Halo-halo, which literally means “mix-mix,” has been “taking over New York City,” according to an article published in The Atlantic Wire last July.
Last June, the Filipino dessert was included in CNN’s list of “25 best foods for summer” to mark the start of the warm season in the US.