My Coolness! Razon’s Halo-Halo is simply superb. I haven’t been to any of their branches in Manila and so cannot do a comparative taste test but the one we tried at their outlet in NepoMart, Angeles City was a piece of heaven on earth.
For the benefit of our foreign readers, halo-halo (literally translated into mix-mix …??!!) is a Filipino dessert composed of assorted toppings placed at the bottom of a tall glass (hmm, in that case it is no longer a topping but an underling, lol) then heaped with shaved ice, drizzled with milk then topped again with either leche flan or ube haleya or both.
Well, I liked Razon’s mix because it wasn’t too sweet and the finely-shaved ice didn’t feel coarse in my mouth; in fact, it melted in my mouth as nice quality ice would. As for the toppings, I’ve tasted better elsewhere (like the sweetened kundol & tubo ng niyog in Pagsanjan’s Aling Taleng’s Halo-Halo) but Razon’s still comes out a winner. Hope quality doesn’t suffer with their mass-production; I guess it’s still worth it to try the one at its place of birth in Pampanga.
For the best of Kapampangan delicacies, a visit to Susie’s Cuisine, also in NepoMart, is highly recommended. I’ve never seen such a busy restaurant and pasalubong counter! Well I guess the people lining up aren’t wrong because Susie’s goodies are really gewwwd. We tried their famous tibok-tibok, a milky white native dessert made from carabao’s milk, dayap and some other ingredients – Pampanga’s own answer to the maja blanca. I also ordered their pansit palabok because it was selling like hotcakes. ’twas also yummy and at a single servingÂ of P35, it was generously heaped for the price.
And as if everything wasn’t enough, the whole trip had to culminate with a calorie-inducing, cholesterol-laden dinner at Mely’s Sisig in San Fernando. I had to concede that this was the best sisig I ever tasted, much better than the other hyped-up sisig places in town. The mix of vinegar, pepper and other ingredients were just perfect. The place also had other grilled items on the menu like beef, tilapia and hito and of course San Miguel Beer. Imagine the atmosphere of your classic Pinoy tambayan and inuman and Mely’s is it.
Everything was simply worthy making the moderately long drive from Manila to Pampanga. Thanks to Spanx for introducing us to all the foodie places of your beloved hometown!Â