Amoranto, Quezon City
Summer or Spring is never complete without a Halo-halo treats. Filipinos has concocted various types of a halo-halo. It is one of the famous Filipino merienda (snacks) and dessert during the peak season of March, April and May.
First let's define what a Halo-halo - from Tagalog word "halo" mean to mix, a popular Filipino dessert or snack served in a tall glass or bowl, made by combining shave ice and evaporated milk. Mixed with choices of several sweet ingredients like: kidney beans, garbanzos, sugar palm fruit, macapuno, jackfruit, gulaman, tapioca or sago, nata de coco, sweet potato or kamote, pinipig & sugar. Usually topped with milk and/or a combination of ice cream, leche flan or ube halaya.
|Kabigting's Halo-halo PhP 75|
Last easter sunday I was invited by a college friend to the opening of her Kabigting's franchise restaurant. Armed with determination she leaves off her daily job and focus to their family business.
Kabigting in Metro Manila is a lone outlet outside Pampanga. The Kabigting's has 5 store in Pampanga, including those in Marquee Mall and Robinson's Starmills.
Kabigting originated from Arayat, Pampanga since 1970. In the previous food blog I had, I featured a number of restaurants from Pampanga including the C' Italian Dining, Bretto's, Bale Kapampangan, Cold Spoon, Spencer's Fusion Bar, etc. Pampanga being known as the culinary capital of the Philippines.
|Lumpia Ubod 2Pcs. PhP75|
One would ask, how do Kabigting differs among other brands? In Pampanga, they use lesser ingredients. It's like a competitor's game of challenge on how can you come up with an intensely good halo-halo flavor using the least ingredients. Kabigting formulated a concoction using 3 major ingredients: sweet beans halaya, pastillas [made from carabao's milk & corn kernel. The result was favored by their kababayans, now the family of Kabigting is well-known for their uniquely taste halo-halo.
Kabigting's also come up with other food specialty, among their bestseller are: Palabok, Lumpia Ubod & Dinuguan. It is said, a halo-halo is best eaten with a palabok.
Ize's family also introduced their home-made blend of Pinoy's all-time favorite with the likes of:
Tokwa't Baboy PhP60
By the way, the Pastillas in a box cost PhP70, not bad for healthy carabao's milk dessert.
#1 Did you know that during the presidential campaign of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in Pampanga, she commissioned her kababayan to give almost 2,000 Kabigting's halo-halo to her followers. During that period the Kabigting's ice shaver machines malfunction, the staff and neighbors help one another to manually shave the ice using the "pangkaskas ng yelo".
#2 GMA again, Gloria used to closed down the whole Robinson's Starmills Foodcourt just to eat Kabigting's halo-halo.
#3 GMA can finished 2 tall glass of Kabigiting's halo-halo.
The trivia should have been titled as GMA Trivia :)
|Ize Perez-Javier of Kabigting's Q.C. Branch|
592 N.S. Amoranto corner Banawe Streets
From Banawe - across Cobin's Place
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