Razon's Halo-halo and Pancit Luglug
Being stuck here in Manila and looking for a different kind of high, I looked for a branch of Razons at Robinsons Galleria foodcourt that I later found out has a rather long queue (right photo furtively taken with my phone cam)attesting to the popularity of this ice concoction from Guagua, Pampanga. Other branches I know are SM Megamall Foodcourt, SM Mall of Asia (MOA) and the Shell complex on NLEX southbound.
Halo-halo is a concoction of shaved ice, milk, sugar and various other sweet ingredients e.g. beans, purple yam, nata de coco, kaong (sugar palm) et al mixed together and sometimes topped with ice cream. The name itself literally means mix-mix in the vernacular.
For a bit of trivia, halo-halo is not an original Filipino invention but was introduced by the Japanese and also influenced by the Chinese. Many people from the Land of the Rising Sun, settled in Mindanao particularly in Davao that’s why many residents there have Japanese-sounding names. The Japanese were also the ones who built the roads of Baguio particularly Kennon road where many Nihonjin migrant workers died during construction of that torturous road leading to the summer capital.
Razon's version of the Filipino cooler is a simple one with only three main ingredients: macapuno (a sweet variety of coconut), sun-ripened handpicked saba (a certain variety of banana) and topped with syrupy, saccharine leche flan (steamed milk custard with caramel glaze) added together with finely-shaved ice, milk and a dash of dayap (lime) to complete the recipe.
The halo-halo this time is paired with dinuguan (pork blood stew. hey, even the british have black pudding, the germans with their blutwurst and Americans with blood sausage, so Filipinos are not the only ones guilty of breaking the kosher laws), puto (Filipino rice cake) and pancit luglug.
The pancit luglug, a close cousin of the palabok, is a common Pinoy comfort food made from round rice noodles smothered with special sauce, topped with boiled eggs and ground chicharon (an "evil" cholesterol-rich Pinoy food made of deep-fried pork fat that you may opt to avoid for those health-conscious. The Chicharon is what made foreigners think Philippine food is unhealthy, rather generalizing, isn't it?) and sprinkled with calamansi (Philippine lemon) for added zest.
Razon's halo-halo, sinfully sweet and delectably creamy that you can enjoy without having to make a beeline to Pampanga to enjoy, together with dinuguan, puto and pancit luglug make a hearty meal
I always love the halo-halo of my hometown for its creamyness but Razon's halo-halo is a rare gem that makes the more visually-enticing Icebergs and Chowking's versions less gustatory appealing.
Robinsons Galleria foodcourt
SM Megamall foodcourt
Trinoma Food Choices
Alabang Town Center Food Court
Jupiter St. Makati
lastly, their original Guagua branch, of course!
wonder how much a razon's franchise is
posted by backpacking philippines @ 9:19 PM,
- At Apr 16, 2007, 1:49:00 PM, major tom said...
Now this what I call a good summer meal, if there'd ever be one.
- At Apr 16, 2007, 10:41:00 PM, Sidney said...
I need that halo-halo! It is getting too hot here!
I wouldn't say that Filipino food is very healthy. Too many people just fry everything in oil.
In general I would say too much oil and too much fat.
- At Apr 17, 2007, 2:52:00 AM, christine said...
Razon's halo-halo is a winner! Especially during these sweltering times. Yum, I'm craving for it now.
- At Apr 17, 2007, 10:58:00 AM, Saida said...
WOW, this is great, tamang tama sa mainit na panahon. I'm starving...pa-order nga! :)
- At Apr 17, 2007, 1:18:00 PM, Ymir said...
their ice is shaved finely kaya kapag hinalo mo na swabeng swabe sa lalamunan.. haha!
they also have a branch in rob malate..
- At Apr 17, 2007, 2:09:00 PM, tutubi said...
frying may be the favorite of most pinoys but there's also inihaw (grilled) and sabaw (like sinigang and tinola) aside from the kinilaw/Kilaw (which is devoid of foreign influences)
you're always in Bicol, right? did you know that the Bicol region has the lowest incidence of heart attacks in the Philippines attributed to their cuisine mostly of coconuts? The coconut, a victim of American negative campaigns particularly supporters of canola and palm oil, is not that evil as those campaigners inculcated in the minds of many people.
also, in other parts of this country, this highly diverse archipelago, there are many different ways of cooking. You have to take a closer look if you need to.
The problem I always see though is that Filipinos don't always like to showcase their own but would like their visitors feel at home but in the process is not very good to improve tourim
noticed hotels here serving western food?
- At Apr 17, 2007, 3:47:00 PM, said...
Hello Tito...wow naman nagutom tuloy ako haha madaling araw pa naman ngayon, saan kaya ako kukuha ng halo halo dito sa america? Sabihin mo kaya dun sa razon, ay magtayo na rin dito he he he...napuntahan mo na ba yung nasa greenhills na Razon? Sa tapat ng supermarket ? sus ginoo, nalimutan ko na ang pangalan haha musta na?
- At Apr 17, 2007, 4:00:00 PM, tutubi said...
nag-sign up ka pa just to comment? hehe...sarap halo-halo, no?
why not open a Razon's there, franchise mo :P
puro pinoy din pupunta dyan
- At Apr 17, 2007, 6:22:00 PM, Sidney said...
Don't get me wrong. Indeed the food is very good here and as you point out there is th inihaw and the sabaw.
And yes, I love the Bicol food cooked in coconut! Anyway, I have no choice or my wife would kill me! ;-)
The problem is that many people seems to fry a lot because it is quick and it doesn't demand a lot of knowledge.
- At Apr 18, 2007, 10:05:00 AM, Senor Enrique said...
I'll be driving over there for lunch in a bit, I think :)
- At Apr 19, 2007, 1:25:00 PM, abssss said...
parang ang sarap. di ko pa na try dyan. my friend was saying the other day that he feels guilty after eating so much. i said it was not guilt but more of symptoms of clogging arteries.
- At Apr 24, 2007, 11:10:00 PM, said...
i love the halo-halo, kahit na hindi madaming sahog, masarap pa din. i wonder how they make the ice so smooth...
they also have a branch in shopwise, cubao.
- At Jul 17, 2007, 2:10:00 AM, said...
Razon's is by far the best halo-halo I've had.. YUMMY!
- At Sep 25, 2007, 3:19:00 PM, said...
I wonder if Razon's halo-halo is open for franchise. I'm interested in it.
- At Jun 15, 2008, 12:25:00 AM, ellen said...
frankly speaking, most restaurants serving halo-halo here have been trying to copy and discover the secret of their shaved ice. See how Chowking improved on theirs lately?
- At Apr 9, 2009, 2:15:00 AM, said...
razons, meron din sa makati, sa foodcourt diyan malapit sa SM ba yun, ah basta nakakain ako ng halo-halo dun, desert ko kasi kumain ako sa Bacolod Chicken Inasal sa tapat lang.
- At Jan 21, 2010, 8:29:00 AM, itchie said...
What's the difference between Pancit Luglug, Pancit Palabok & Pancit Malabon?
- At Jan 21, 2010, 9:31:00 AM, backpacking philippines said...
itchie, AFAIK, palabok uses thin noodles than luglug and malabon (pansit malabon is obvious to be from malabon plus the toppings are more than pansit luglug). I love palabok but not much malabon and luglug for the twohave thick noodles thus heavier than palabok.
- At May 13, 2010, 7:41:00 PM, said...
I wonder if Razons halu halo is open for franchise. please let me know! thanx
- At May 16, 2010, 11:58:00 AM, said...
http://firstname.lastname@example.org May I know what's the franchise fee?
- At Jul 7, 2012, 5:35:00 AM, said...
My sister and I brought a senior balikbayan friend to Razon’s at SM North Edsa for Palabok and Halo-Halo. All three of us are senior citizens. When my balikbayan friend was about to eat her Halo-Halo, she found a ‘langaw’/fly, floating in her cup of Halo-Halo. We informed the waiter and he went to Razon’s booth to relay this to Razon’s attending manager. We were totally ignored, no apology, or replacement of the Halo-Halo. What a BIG disappointment! So unprofessional! Very unsanitary!