Chef J Gamboa of Milky Way Cafe Tells the Story behind Their Signature Halo-HaloOctober 9, 2019
Milky Way tugs a string of nostalgia that spans generations. The restaurant has been part of our lives since 1962. Our grandparents enjoyed it as an ice cream parlor; our parents recall bringing us to 900 Pasay Road for family get-togethers; and kids today even enjoy merienda in the swanky Powerplant branch.
The restaurant is beloved for its home-style Filipino cuisine. But among its menu items, its iconic Milky Way Halo-Halo stands out like no other. Executive Chef J Gamboa sits down with us to tell the story behind the dessert. He also walks us through how to prepare it. Made with 14 ingredients (all made in-house!), it’s a lofty, well-calculated iteration of the Philippine classic. That—and the home-y feeling it elicits, emphasized by Chef J’s welcoming service—is exactly what makes it iconic.