Friday, May 25, 2007
All Mixed Up
Michael over at The Wonderful World of Nothing Worthwhile, is hosting this Friday's edition of the Carnival of the Mundane, and his topic is summer.
Summer is on its last legs here in the Philippines; the rainy season is coming soon, hurrah! I'd totally love the rainy season if it weren't for the flooding it brings. Still, it's a welcome change from the exhausting heat that makes me feel like a limp noodle.
One of the staples of summer here is something called halo halo. The English translation would be "mix mix," simply because after you put all the ingredients into a tall glass or a big bowl, you mix 'em all together until the whole thing becomes a gooey, cold, sweet dessert. It's practically everywhere during summer: street corners, restaurants, parks. Just about everyone makes and buys halo halo.
Among the things in halo halo are melon, coconut, mango, beans, chick peas, jello, jackfruit, banana, milk, and crushed ice, topped with pounded roast rice, purple yam, a scoop of ice cream, and leche flan, a kind of sweet pudding.
This concoction has millions of Filipinos addicted to it. Not me, though. I can't stand the stuff. I'm happy with chocolate.