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Chef J Gamboa of Milky Way Cafe Tells the Story behind Their Signature Halo-Halo

October 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 best halo-halo in the Milky Way.

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.

Jica Simpas Jica Simpas

Jica hopes that by writing about food she'll actually learn how to cook. But for now, she'll happily just eat everything—especially cookies.

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