Come For the Chicken, and Stay for the Halo-Halo at Mang Inasal

February 2, 2017

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With all the buzz Filipino food has been getting, there has been a surprise dish that has emerged as the unofficial representative of our cuisine. Adobo, sinigang, pancit have all been name-checked, but 2016 seemed to be the year of halo-halo. While many countries around the Asian region have their own version of creamy ice desserts, ours stands out on taste, texture, and the plethora of ingredients that make it truly Filipino.

The halo-halo perfectly represents the veritable melting pot of our cuisine and culture. We have native island fruits and vegetables in our make-up, but have adopted other ingredients over our history. Each bowl is a colorful ode to various ingredients: a scoop of sticky, vividly purple ube halaya, bright green jello that is a product of American influence, red and yellow beans that add sweetness and snap in every bite.

It is an extremely pleasant surprise to discover Mang Inasal’s take, as the fast food chain is known for their widely-loved chicken inasal. But their halo-halo can rival other fast food chains in terms of value, and most importantly, taste. All boxes are ticked-rich custardy leche flan, chewy sago, sweet bananas and more, but the difference is in the milk. Made specifically for Mang Inasal, it feels like a cross between evaporated and condensed, and its creaminess unites the whole bowl together. Chicken inasal is their thing, but their halo-halo is definitely worth a trip on its own.

Pamela Cortez Pamela Cortez

Pamela Cortez writes about food full-time, and has honed her craft while writing for publications such as Rogue, Town and Country, and The Philippine Star. She once rode on a mule for a mile just to eat mint tea and lamb in Morocco, and has eaten a block of Quickmelt in one sitting. Her attempt at food photography can be viewed online @meyarrr.

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One response to “Come For the Chicken, and Stay for the Halo-Halo at Mang Inasal”

  1. Monty says:

    The use of Jello is not an American influence. It’s just being cheap since that was supposed to be kaong and nata de coco. Growing up I never had Jello or Sago in the halo-halo we would buy. Even Chowking used to have nata and kaong, but economics have changed and cheaper alternatives were used. It’s still good enough though.

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