April 20, 2012 at 12:22 am | Posted in FOOD TALK, PLACES I'VE BEEN TO | 6 Comments
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We stopped by one of our favorite Oriental restaurant, Chowking, for a quick snack. Nice to see a branch in Dubai Outlet Mall.


We had Halo halo and Butsi. Have you tried them?

Halo-halo (from Tagalog word halò, “mix”) is a popular Filipino dessert that is a mixture of shaved ice and evaporated milk to which are added various boiled sweet beans and fruits, and served in a tall glass or bowl.

So what’s inside Halo-halo? Ingredients include boiled kidney beans, garbanzos, sugar palm fruit (kaong), coconut sport (macapuno), and plantains caramelized in sugar, jackfruit (langkâ), gulaman, tapioca, nata de coco, sweet potato (kamote), pounded crushed young rice (pinipig). In terms of arrangement, most of the ingredients (fruits, beans, and other sweets) are first placed inside the tall glass, followed by the shaved ice. This is then sprinkled with sugar, and topped with either (or a combination of) leche flan, purple yam (ubeng pula), or ice cream. Evaporated milk is poured into the mixture upon serving. (Thanks, Wiki)

Butsi is the Tagalog term for MOCHI. Mochi (Japanese: 餅) is a Japanese rice cake made of glutinous rice (not to be confused with gluten) pounded into paste and molded into shape. In Japan it is traditionally made in a ceremony called mochitsuki.While also eaten year-round, mochi is a traditional food for the Japanese New Year and is commonly sold and eaten during that time. Similar snacks are prominent in Hawaii, South Korea, Taiwan, People’s Republic of China (where it is called 麻糬, Hokkien môa-chî or Mandarin máshu), Cambodia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Indonesia. (wiki)





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  1. It all looks very yummy, but I’m conflicted about the ingredients. I’ll just look at the photos 🙂

    • They are yummy! I’m sure you’ll like them 🙂

  2. Yummy! 🙂

    • Thanks for the visit, Sonel!

  3. Thank-you for sharing these foods with us!

  4. You’re welcome, and thanks too for stopping by 🙂

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