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At a time when Tutubi's favorite halo-halo joint in Paete closed shop, he instead drove to a halo-halo joint frequented by locals of Pakil and those from neighboring Pangil and Paete towns serving simple yet creamy version of halo-halo in Pakil, featuring typical halo-halo in the fourth district of Laguna featuring well-done beans as ingredients of the basic halo-halo recipe.
Lerma's Halo-halo serving
homey ambiance of Lerma's, it's actually a road-side home turned restaurant
Address: Tavera St., almost in front of Pakil General Hospital (Gen. Juan Cailles Memorial Hospital), less than a kilometer from Pakil Church
GPS Coordinates: N14 23 08.7 E121 28 39.5
Map of Pakil on OpenStreetMap (updated by Tutubi, if you're a Pakil local, please try to update the map)
Sahog/Ingredients: gulaman, beans, leche flan, ube, banana et al
Notes: Tutubi also ordered pancit palabok but it was too salty due to generous (and excessive amounts of ground pork chicharon/dried fish) and too "saucy" (drenched in sauce)
There also is the famous Aling Taleng's Halo-halo in Pagsanjan but reports from Tutubi's sister plus a friend claim it's not worth it. Tutubi will try it also
just to be sure but knowing the standards of his sister and friend in halo-halo, the simple test is usually in creaminess. Halo-halo making involves art, you don't just mix ingredients in a bowl, put shaved ice and milk on it. Chowking's halo-halo used to be like it, dull and un-creamy, even if boasting of many ingredients, but somehow improved these days.