In contrast to lots of the Philippines’ best-loved dishes, halo-halo does not have its roots in Spain, Mexico, or the galleon commerce, however in Japan. It is believed to have been impressed by kakigori, a conventional Japanese shaved ice dessert that features fruit syrup, condensed milk, or inexperienced tea. Halo-halo’s Japanese roots may clarify why completely different sorts of the dish exist in numerous elements of Southeast Asia. Singaporeans have ais kachang; Malaysians have ABC or ais batu campur — although these include barely completely different substances, together with candy corn, peanuts, mango, grass jelly, and cendol, which is product of candy flour jelly. Thailand additionally has its model of halo-halo, often called nam-kang-sai, which incorporates grass jelly, younger coconut, jackfruit, and palm seed.

Jollibee’s halo-halo could have been the primary Bourdain ever had, however sadly, it is not one thing we are able to get pleasure from at a second’s discover for the reason that icy dessert was solely provided for a restricted time on the chain that, as Bourdain places it, throughout a second on-screen go to, pops up “wherever there are homesick Filipinos.” Nonetheless, there’s at all times an opportunity it would make a comeback.