Summer in the Philippines means beach, bikini and big servings of halo-halo.
Halo-halo in vernacular means "mix." This famous snack is exactly what it is called. It is a mix of different texture of fruits, beans, pinipig topped with shaved ice and evaporated milk. And if you feel like tipping the weighing scale more, a scoop or two of ice cream. This is Philippine's version of Singapore's ice kachang.
On my last trip home, I keep hearing rumors that the recently opened Razon's in Gaisano Mall boasts the best halo-halo in the Philippines. I have only tried a few halo-halo in my life since I'm not a big fan of the beans in it. It is the basic ingredient of the halo-halo. And if I have the choice, I would take that out from my glass. That is also the reason why I keep on coming back to Aling Froping's in MTS in Davao since I can customized my halo-halo. Like I could choose whatever will be "mixed" inside my glass.
So one rainy afternoon, we finally had the chance to test this so called "best halo-halo in the Philippines." The shop at the 4th level of Gaisano Mall was small. Small tables are cramped on the available space. In fairness, the place is always packed. Maybe because it could only accommodate a small crowd.
Anyway, we ordered three halo-halo which costs Php 50.00 each. I must say, it was not difficult to dig in. The ice was incredibly smooth. It was simply presented topped with two slices of leche flan to sweeten it up. But my praise of this halo-halo stops there. I was a bit disappointed that, there's not much fruit and beans (even if i don't like it) underneath all those glorious ice. The ube jam was not even visible.
All in all, the halo-halo was just "blah." I would have enjoyed more Chowking's halo-halo than that from Razon's. Even if it was loaded with lots of gelatin and beans, still I would be scooping a lot of contents.