LA UNION — The season of chasing waves is back with this year’s Surfing Break. Attracting varied markets from college students on semestral break to families and buddies with interest in surfing. Plain sports spectators are welcomed too.
If there is one thing that I love about the coastal heat, it’s not the vibe of summer but rather a cup of well loved halo-halo which found a soft spot in the capital city of the province.
Located along the neighborhood of Zandueta Street in San Fernando City, Halo-Halo de Iloko is a Filipino comfort food haven that takes their dessert business seriously—as in, really.
The café is unique on its category in the area, as it features distinctively Ilocano wood crafts and pottery that translates into a beautiful garden atmosphere. So if you’re that foodie who looks for good food in pretty places, then this place is perfect for you.
We kicked-off the experience with a tasteful plate of Deep Fried Halo-Halo, a wrapped then deep-fried dessert wherein they use the basic ingredients of halo-halo — sweetened banana, ube jam, camote and coconut as filling. The crispy texture and mushy warm dessert is then complimented with a scoop of ube ice cream. A real treat for me, although some may find it too sweet.
On the other hand their Buko Halo-Halo is something you shouldn’t miss. It’s your local halo-halo v2.0. The dessert is served in a coconut with honest to goodness ingredients and yes, a generous amount of leche flan!
While the café is known for its desserts, they also serve meals like pancit and other local dishes like pinakbet which can serve two to three people.
How to get there?
From San Juan (surfing area) ride a bus or jeepney bound to San Fernando City proper. Ask the driver to drop you off at P. Burgos street (third overpass from thr city plaza) then take a tricycle to directly to the cafe or take a 10-15 minutes walk.
Price rating: ₱₱₱ (₱150-₱350)
Taste rating: ★★★★
For more information, you may contact them through Facebook at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (072) 700-2030.
ViajeroMNL (Viajero Manila) is a lifestyle blog site that features different pop culture, travel, and food destinations in the Philippines. This article was written by Gillian Gacuma.