Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Ginataang Halo halo

Fresh starts... second chances... clean slates. I love what the New Year represents. 

That was the Facebook status of my friend Agnes that I came across this morning. I thought that this status would be a good way to start my first post of the year. No matter what your personal goals are, no matter how many times you've tried and failed, the New Year allows you another chance to make it right.

The New Year also allows you to look back on the year that has been. Yes, I am truly grateful for what 2011 brought me. With 92 blog posts, I think I have outdone myself more than the previous years of sharing stories and recipes from my kitchen. I look forward to sharing even more this coming year... and hopefully you are still there with me every step of the way. 

As I thought about my first post this year, I thought of giving you the "circular dish" stamp just like in the previous years. Having said that, I would like to share with you guinataang halo halo, a dessert/merienda (snack) simmered in sweet coconut milk.  So let's start off with something sweet and sticky, rich and creamy as we say hello to 2012!  

Happy New Year friends! I hope the New Year gives you more reasons to gather and celebrate around the table... Cheers!

Guinatang Halo-halo
This may be served either warm or cold.  But since it's winter, a warm bowl between your hands will be as soothing as biting into a warm sweet pillowy soft sweet rice dough... enjoy!

3-5 cans of coconut milk (I used a lot of coconut milk to give a thick sweet coconut soup)
2 medium size sweet yam, cubed
2 medium size taro , cubed (you could also use purple yam)
1 cup sweet rice flour (add water to form a dough, then make marble sized balls out of it)
1 cup tapioca pearls (to cook it perfectly)
3 pcs saba (bananas) cubed
1 bottle of sweetened jackfruit, shredded
2 tbsp vanilla
1 cup sugar (adjust sugar according to taste)


Pour  cans of coconut milk (reserve half a can for later) in a stock pot over medium heat. Let it simmer.  Once it simmers, add sweet yam and taro. Cook it for about 10-15 minutes. Then  you may add the round rice flour dough and cook it for another 5 minutes.  Add ttapioca pearls and jackfruit.  Stir the pot until cooked. Pour the remaining coconut milk for a creamy texture. Add sugar according to taste.  I used about 3/4 of a cup but you may add more if you'd prefer a sweeter blend. (optional: add vanilla flavor)

Now you are ready to have a comforting bowl of goodness!


  1. Happy New Year malou. Here's to more stories, more recipes to share and to enjoy!
    Thank you for being so generous to share your talents with us. More power!

  2. Hi Malou! Happy New Year! I was googling for this recipe awhile ago when I saw your post. I've had ginaatang bilo bilo at a party and was wondering how they made the soup so thick wihout overwhelmingly rich. Thanks for posting this recipe!

  3. That looks really creamy and delicious! We call it ginataang bilo bilo in Marikina. It is so comforting. More power to you and to Skip to Malou. I'm looking forward to more fun stories and delicious food.

  4. TagaTugue: thank you and I blog because of friends like you. You've been there all throughout my blogging years. Mabbalo!

    Laura: It's funny that I was thinking of you this morning. We are definitely aligned Lau hehe. Thanks for dropping by again. Great to see you, it's been awhile.

    Adora: Hello Happy New Year. Here's to more blogging years for you too! Blessings, Malou

  5. Happy new year Malou! Looking forward to more great posts from you! :)

    That ginataan sounds lovely! Cheers to new experiences and new things to share. :)

  6. Welcome back,Malou! Have missed you. Thanks for returning with one of my faves, Guinataang Halo-halo! Yummmy!

  7. I just love Ginataang Halo-halo, Malou especially with lots of bilo-bilo...it is my favorite snack and dessert!
    Here's wishing you a happy and prosperous new year! I can't wait to see what you have in store for us this 2012! More power to you and your blog! :-*

  8. I love the opening sentiment on the meaning of a new year :) And this dessert looks fantastic, something I have never tried, but would like to...
    I hope you are having a wonderful start to 2012 Malou, hugs


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