📍Location: Halo-Halo Kitchen (Phoenix, Arizona)
🍴 Cuisine: Filipino
📆Date: Tuesday, April 28th, 2015
📝Ordered:🍔 Spam Sliders and🍧Halo Halo
I was in the Phoenix area with my mom and decided to find a local Filipino food eatery. Yelped the word “Filipino” and up popped a few places and what caught my attention was the restaurant’s title, Halo-Halo Kitchen!
The restaurant is small but made me feel like I was back in Los Angeles at a filipino restaurant. Small filipino snack section, balikbayan boxes (a modern manifestation of the general Philippine practice of passalong, where travelers within or without the country are culturally expected to bring home gifts to family, friends, and colleagues.) snuffed at the back of the restaurants and the traditional filipino decor. I didn’t realize I was hungry until I saw all the delicious buffet like display at the front counter. From the steaming and sizzling and aromatic playing on all my “hunger senses” I could’t wait to get a taste of real authentic Filipino food.
I ordered the chicken empanada (not pictured because I devoured it before I could take a picture😅), Spam Sliders, and the Halo-Halo. The chicken empanada was small but delicious! It had the perfect outside buttery, flaky crust I was hoping for. Too bad I got the last chicken empanada because I would have definitely ordered more. The Spam sliders on the other hand were a bit disappointing. The spam wasn’t even cooked with a little crisp on the outside. The only good thing about the sliders was the bread because you can never go wrong with the King’s Hawaiian sweet bread. The grand finale to seal the deal was definitely the Halo-Halo. It was beautifully put together. From the top going down: a scoop of ube (purple yam) ice cream, a slice of leech flan (caramel custard) , crushed ice, sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, kaong (sweet palm fruit), macaroon (silky coconut strings) lanka (jackfruit), munggo (mung bean), saba (banana like plantain), nata de coco (coconut gelatin) and, pinipig (pounded dried rice). Although it’s been put together almost artistically, the way you eat this dessert is to (halo-halo) which translates to “mix-mix”. Once you mix everything together, you get a cool, refreshing, tasty treat!
My experience here was a good one and I will definitely be coming back to this place again! And most definitely will be back for some more “mix-mix”