Razon's (Mall of Asia, Dagupan City & Clark) Reviews
must try: Halo-Halo Aug 04, 2012
Razon’s of Guagua is a family owned business whose main products are halo-halo, pancit luglug and ensaymadas. The first branch of Razon’s in Metro Manila opened on July 8, 2003 at Robinson’s Galleria Food Court. Today, there are twenty five (25) franchise branches of Razon’s of Guagua in Metro Manila and the South (Laguna and Tagaytay). Razon’s of Guagua has two types of stores; Kiosk and Full Menu. I’ve tried dining in at their branch in Dagupan City, Clark Air Base and at the Mall of Asia. The only downside I think is that since it became a franchise business, sometimes some outlets are better than the other. In my experience, the outlet in Mega Mall is far by the best.
Like I said their specialty is a snack/dessert called “Halo-halo”. Halo-halo (from Tagalog word halo, “mix”) is a popular Filipino dessert that is a mixture of shaved ice and milk to which are added various boiled sweet beans and fruits, and served cold in a tall glass or bowl. There is no specific recipe for this dessert, and a wide variety of ingredients are used. The order in which the ingredients are added varies widely. Primary ingredients include boiled red mung beans(monggo), kidney beans, garbanzos, sugar palm fruit (kaong), coconut sport (macapuno), and plantains caramelized in sugar. Other ingredients maybe added like jackfruit (langka), tapioca or sago, nata de coco, purple yam (ube) or sweet potato (kamote), sweetened corn kernels or pounded crushed young rice (pinipig), leche flan or custard, ice cream and gelatin. Some preparations also include ice cream on top of the halo-halo. Generally, condensed milk or evaporated milk is used.
Now what makes Razon’s Halo-halo so different? The seemingly complicated definition what Halo-Halo is, it can be said that technically, Razon’s Halo-Halo is not really Halo-Halo. All you see from their glass of dessert are shredded macapuno (a variety of coconut fruit), sweetened or caramelized saba (plantain), topped with a couple of slices of leche flan. All that really made it Halo-Halo is that it is buried in crushed ice. No ice cream on top, very plain really. But don’t let the simplicity of the package fool you into thinking that it tastes as plain.
What made their Halo-Halo special is their finely crushed ice. The rich flavor of every single ingredient mixed just a couple of fruits, with just the right amount of condensed milk make a very refreshingly sweet dessert. Razon’s Halo-Halo is sold for PhP 100.00 a tall glass (about US$2.00).
When you are visiting the Philippines, do not leave the country without trying this special delicacy at Razon’s.
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