My First Che Ba Mau -- Vietnamese Halo-halo

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HALO-HALO : a cold dessert made up of variety of ingredients

Aside from spending time travelling or staying in coffee shops, I also enjoy eating halo-halo- the legendary Filipino dessert and the best pampalamig of all time (for me🙂). If you travel in the Philippines or born Filipino, you must have encountered this dessert. It’s always available in different restaurants, fast-food chains, or even along the streets with different versions and different ingredients.

And speaking of different versions of this dessert, I believe I have tried a number of it already ever since I was a child. We have this traditional halo-halo in our culture which consists of shaved ice, evaporated milk, sugar and other ingredients such as langka, ube jam, beans, nata de coco, buko topped with a scoop of ice cream. And many other ingredients can be added depending on the restaurant or shop or depending on your preference. These are some of the most popular stores who offers the traditional halo-halo.

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Then, an enhanced version of our halo-halo became famous nowadays. Well, it’s not too far from the traditional one except for the shaved ice as the main ingredient. Halo-halo’s that are being sold in some stores today uses a shaved cream which tastes like a vanilla ice cream. And this is my favorite version! Well, I find it much sweeter than the traditional one and when it melts, you can put it in the freezer and eat it later just as delicious as it was made when you buy it. Two stores who nailed this version and which I really like are:

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And, just a few days ago, I went somewhere to grab a dessert. I wanted to try something new and something that I have never tasted before and saw this restaurant, Lemon Grass. I have never tried dining here before because the restaurant looks expensive and I have no idea what kind of food is good here. But thinking I was only to grab a dessert, I thought it’s worth a try and maybe it wont cost me much.😅 And, so I did. Looking at their menu, scanning the list of their available desserts, I came across the item CHE BA MAU with a "Vietnamese Halo-halo" as a description. Because of my love for halo-halo, I ordered one. While I was waiting, I was very excited and eager to try it and also, I was busy thinking how would it look like and what the taste would be.

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So, this is the actual photo of Lemon Grass' Che Ba Mau. It has lesser ingredients then our usual Filipino Halo-halo.

Until, my order was served! So the first thing I did was to identify what are the ingredients. I was too curious and I want to know what I am eating. The ingredients were pasted monggo on the top of the shaved ice, coconut cream, different beans and a kaong or the sweet palm fruit as others call it with a hint of mint. When eating halo-halo, I don’t usually mix or stir all the ingredients. I just directly take a spoonful of it and eat it. Being used to eating halo-halo that way, I ate may first Che Ba Mau the same way. It was fine, tasty and not too sweet. There's this refreshing feeling in every spoon you eat. Each ingredient has their distinct taste. When the the shaved ice started to melt, decided to mix and stir all the other ingredients which I somehow, regret. Why? Because I didn’t like how it tasted afterwards. It's kinda weird for me maybe because of the mint flavor that overpowers the taste of the mixture. But don’t get me wrong, it still tastes good. Still worth the try.

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And this is how it looked like when I mixed and stirred it.

When I went home after eating my very first Vietnamese halo-halo, I tried to search for its usual ingredients and tried to compare it with what I just had. And as expected, the list of ingredients that I saw is different from the ingredients of the one I had. Let me drop some of the other versions of Che Ba Mau I found online.

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I have come to realize that every food or dish can really have different versions. It depends on the culture, the preference and maybe, the availability of ingredients. You just have to be creative enough to discover a version that suits to you palate.

So, have you also tried Che Ba Mau? How was it?



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All these halo-halos make me wanna eat one huhu THESE LOOK SOOOO YUMMY GEEZ😋😍

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buy na girl, sols lang sa duol sa inyooooo... ☺️😁 payday sana ngayon kaso walang werk 🤣🤣🤣

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Hahahaa mag mugna nalang kog halo halo ngari girl oi kay budget is tight charottt🤣🤣🤣

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trueee, mas makapili sad kag isagol girl, panghatag haaaa.. 😂

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Even I am not really a fan of Halo-halo, I tried most of the halo-halo in your post, but I still love the cheap delicious Halo-halo sold in streets. !discovery 15

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i love the ice cream like halo-halo, will forever be my fave. But its true, there are these ordinary halo-halo sold in the streets in much cheaper price but tastes great as well!

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I had to eat lunch earlier when I saw your post. I'll definitely try it this weekend, miss. It sure looks delicious! Arun maka-compare pud ta sa atung halo-halo bitaw, hehe. Love what you did there with the comparisons. 😍

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naku miss @ate.eping pasok nis imong taste kay pang international rba ka.. hahaha pero the best gihapon ato uy, labi nag DIY hahaha

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Aguy! Ma-pressure man pud ta, hehehehehe. Hilig lang jud ku ug ka-un tingali. 😅 Nakatilaw ku ug es teler, halo-halo sa Indonesia. And yes, unbeatable gihapun and Pinoy version. Mas daghan jud ug subak, hehe. 😁

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I love CHE BA MAU and now after your post, I really want to taste HALO-HALO, thank you for sharing, I'd love to try this HALO-HALO if I get a chance to visit Philippines

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If you love Che Ba Mau, I'm sure you'll also love the halo-halo in the Philippines! Hope you'll have one soooooon...

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They look so artistic! I wonder if you can also have them by not mixing them at all and eating them layer by layer? I love mint but indeed it can be quite a strong flavour for some

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artistic and colorful! Yes, you may opt not to mix all the ingredients and I prefer it that way. 😊 It's really up to you.

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For peculiar tastes. Honestly, I would like to taste them all. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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