August 26, 2022

Bebang Halo-Halo: Home of the 24-Karat Gold Halo-Halo & the Creamiest Halo-Halo in the Solar System!

Shaved ice desserts are popular in most Asian countries, whether it’s a summer snack, an off shoot brought about by winter in northern Asian countries or just a year-round after meal must-eat. Japan has its “kakigori,” South Korea has “bingsu,” “ais kacang” in Malaysia, “che ba mau” in Vietnam, Thailand has “namkhaeng sai,” Taiwan has “tshuah-ping,” and the Philippines has the infamous “Halo-Halo” – just to name a few. Perhaps these shaved ice desserts were made because they are refreshing, cooling, and soothing and sends your happy hormones to overdrive. 

Nobody can really pinpoint how shaved ice desserts originated in the Philippines, but some say that it was the Japanese who introduced it to the Filipinos and not the Chinese – who had settlements in the Philippines even before other countries conquered the archipelago and have their own version of a shaved ice dessert called “baobing”. As time passes, more native ingredients were added to the Filipino shaved iced thus acquiring the name “halo-halo” which means a mix of things/ingredients.

There are a lot of places in the Philippines where you can get Halo-Halo, even in your own neighborhood, you can find one especially in the summer season. But when it comes to the best ones, a lot of restaurants claim they have the best to offer, although this will still all boil down to your preference. As for me, I love the creamy and filled with ingredient types. 

One time, a friend of mine sent a photo of a trending halo-halo in our group chat, all of us in the GC where like, “what halo-halo with gold flakes?!” Yes, it has gold flakes, and we were shookt! Hahaha! Everyone was curious but I believe no one got to try it yet. I also often see posts of it on my social media timelines, but at the back of my head, it might just be a novel thing now because of the edible 24-carat gold flakes on one of the halo-halo variants that trended. So, I just shrugged it off. Until one day a delivery guy knocked on our door and delivered an insulated bag full of BEBANG HALO-HALO!

BEBANG HALO-HALO is a homegrown business offering leveled-up or premium types of Halo-Halo. The brand became famous after their Royal Halo-Halo trended on Tik-Tok. They are located in Shaw Blvd, Mandaluyong and can deliver to most areas in Metro Manila and neighboring towns via their own delivery service, Lalamove and GrabFood. Your order will be delivered in an insulated bag full of ice packs to ensure that you will receive cold and fresh halo-halos. 

But is it worth the hype? You might ask. TBH, I was skeptic at first, but this is what I am going to tell you after trying 6 flavors of Bebang Halo-Halo: “tama ang chismis ng mga maritess, at di lang sya basta chismis, totoong MASARAP!” All the ingredients that they use, you will notice that they are premium and quality ones, so you know you are getting what your money’s worth. Also, if you are a fan of creamy leche flan, (like most Pinoys), well, you’re in for a treat! Almost, if not all, of BEBANG HALO-HALO flavors have a thick layer of leche flan at the bottom of every cup. If that does not entice you, I don’t know what can! And if you do not like leche flan we can never be friends! Hahaha! 😄
So, here are the BEBANG HALO-HALO variants that I got to try: (disclaimer: I ate them together with my sister and saved some for our other sister, so ‘wag nyo akong i-judge ok? LOL!)

THE Royal Halo-Halo – the infamous Limited-Edition halo-halo with Edible 24-Karat Gold! Ingredients include: (of course) the 24-karat Gold flakes, frozen milk, leche flan, pandan jelly, strawberry, peach, blue berries, mango, sago, ube halaya, special macapuno, pistachio cashew, mallow pluff. So basically, all the good things are all in there! This halo-halo with gold is the idea of the owner, Mae Salumbides, who used to work in Dubai and was inspired by the opulence of the place with all its luxury and grandiosity. It reminds her of the Burj Al Arab, a 7-star hotel in Dubai famous for its top-notch amenities and uses gold in its furnishings and even food! 

My sister and I was super curious, “ano bang meron dito sa halo-halo na ‘to?.” First off, the gold does not taste anything, hahaha! But the idea of eating something as fancy as gold is more for sensory enjoyment, a bragging right in itself. “Ano ka gold? Yung halo-halo ko may gold!” that is exactly what I exclaimed after scooping a portion. Then you move on to the mallow fluff that was slightly torched; duuuudeeee… I swear to God that part sent me to euphoria! It was so thick, sweet, and creamy that you’ll think, “papunta pa lang ba tayo sa exciting part?” but that mallow fluff for me was already the “exciting part” and mind you, this is only the first layer! I do not usually mix my halo-halo and eat layer by layer. Every time I scoop, there was a surprise, a piece of strawberry, a blueberry, a mango cube, and the macapuno strips – OMG! Super good!!! I still have so many good things to say about this Royal Halo-Halo and I can go on and on, but the bottom line is MASARAP!!! From the first to bottom layer: super worth it!!!

Halukay Ube Halo Halo – this variant contains ube-flavored frozen milk, leche flan, pandan jelly, ube halaya, sago, mais, nata, banana cinnamon, langka, special macapuno and rice crispies. If you do not know it, I’m a HUGE fan of ube, anything with ube I love it and I eat it! This halo-halo makes me happy. Adding ube to the milk just makes it even more tasty. Plus, I can tell, that the ube halaya that they used is not just some plain ordinary one, I am guessing it’s homemade or from a reputable ube halaya supplier because it’s really good! As an ube enthusiast, I know which ube halaya is good and which is not ~\(“,)/~, so believe me when I say this is the ube-halaya halo-halo that you should try!

Banana Cinnamon Con Yelo – this variant has frozen milk, leche flan, vanilla jelly, sago, banana, caramel syrup, and rice crispies. If you favor the saging con hielo (another shaved ice dessert in the Philippines), well this is your overload and leveled- up one! The banana cubes are tossed in cinnamon sugar adding some smoky flavor. The combination of the banana cinnamon, caramel syrup and leche flan is works so well, in other words: perfect and synergistic!

Halo-Halo Presidential – the ingredients for this halo-halo include frozen milk, leche flan, pandan jelly, ube halaya, sago, mais, nata, banana cinnamon, langka, special macapuno and rice crispies. Second to rank from the Royal Halo-Halo but also has all the best ingredients that you would want in halo-halo. It’s just a level down from the Royal one and your best option if you don’t fancy eating 24-karat gold and if you’re a little on a budget. For 168 pesos everything that your heart desires for an ultimate halo-halo experience is in this cup!

Mango Graham – this includes frozen milk, leche flan, pandan jelly, caramel syrup, fresh mango, and crushed graham crackers. I remember there was a time that mango graham desserts like shakes trended for some time but unlike this one from Bebang, most of them only contains layers of mango, ice and graham and topped with milk. Bebang, again, did some more to give you an improved version of this favorite common home-made dessert. This is also one of my faves among the 6 variants I tried, because just like ube, I am a super fan of ripe mango and proud to say that our country the Philippines produces perhaps the best and sweetest mangoes in the world. If you love mango graham dessert, this is the one I will recommend for you! 

Halo-Halo Special – this last variant that I got to try contains frozen milk, leche flan, pandan jelly, sago, mais, nata, banana cinnamon, ube halaya and rice crispies. You can call this the basic flavor among Bebang’s line up of halo-halos, but the taste is far from basic. For 138 pesos, this can topple the number one halo-halo in your top 3 list of best affordable special halo-halos. The number and quality of ingredients in it says so much about it and worth your buck!

I have eaten a lot of halo-halo in my lifetime (naks!) and my palate has gotten sophisticated over time (naks ulit! Haha!😁) and did BEBANG HALO-HALO got my approval as the Creamiest Halo-Halo in the Solar System? A big fat YES! My verdict is that BEBANG HALO-HALO lived up to the hype and maybe more than the hype! I highly recommend you should try it! 

Besides their halo-halo line up, they also offer a Taho Series, a variety of Hotdogs and Fries. By the way, most times BEBANG HALO-HALO can’t accommodate walk-in customers due to the high demand of their delivery requests, so your best option here is to order at least a day in advance or send them a message via their Facebook page which I listed down below. 

Wack-Wack Royal Mansion, 574 Shaw Blvd, Mandaluyong City

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  1. Grabe! ang jumbo nito! mukhang sulit bilin to! nakakatakot lang galawin kasi mukhang estetic! may gold pa lol

  2. I've seen Bebang Halo Halo posts recently. I want to try, malapit lang naman dito ang Mandaluyong and my husband loves halo halo. Kakaiba 'to dahil sa gold topping na 24K. :) I have to complete my 15-day experimental diet muna, then derecho ako dito haha

  3. I want halo-halo too! First ko makakita ng ganyan ng may 24k gold, sana pwede silang magdeliver sa Cavite. :)

  4. yung inamtabayanan ko dito kung ano yung lasa ng gold. wala pala hahaha!! pero true na nakaka fancy. I will try their halo halo soon na curious ako ng malupit!


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