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Review: Original Digman Halo-halo of Bacoor, Cavite
Featured on various TV shows as serving "very good" and "to-die-for" halo-halo, a Filipino dessert of various sweet ingredients mixed with shaved ice and milk, it litterally means "mix-mix" and is one of Filipinos favorite desserts during the hot summer months.
Tutubi, when he visited the town of Kawit, also passed by Barangay Digman in Bacoor town to sample this famous ice concoction named after the village of its birth (and you thought it's named after the owner of the place?)
There are actually two of them "holes in the wall" in Digman claiming to be the original (plus another 2 or more beside them) and you guessed it right, they both have the name "Original" appended on their registered name (much like the Original syndrome on buko pie shops in Laguna): The Original Digman Halo-halo and BC2 Original Halo-halo. One of them even had the name patented but not enforced (a patent holder doesn't necessarily mean the original, just the first to legally claim the name or idea or innovation)
Tutubi chose "BC2 Original Digman Halo-halo Talk of the Town" as it's the one with parking space (read: vacant street parking in front, unlike the other "Original" halo-halo parlor) and this is his take on the famous dessert this side of town.
BC2 Original Digman Halo-halo costs PhP55.00 (with ice cream), regular variant costs PhP45.00 on the menu
Digman Halo-halo ingredients (sangkap/sahog):
Tutubi counted twelve ingredients on the counter:
Beans, corn, ube halaya, mongo (mung beans), minatamis na saba (sweetened banana), green and red gulaman (gelatin), langka (jackfruit), nata de coco, macapuno (mutant coconuts), sago. Note the usual suspects: shaved ice, leche flan toppings then ice cream for special halo-halo orders. (Does it have lambanog (coconut sap wine) as secret ingredient?)
Review of Digman halo-halo:
One word: overrated! Sometimes, simple is better probably why Razon's halo-halo (or it's derivative Teresita's) stands out from the rest. Yes, there were many ingredients but even with that number of ingredients don't make it sweet and creamy, in fact it lacks creaminess factor even if Tutubi tried to add more milk to compensate.
The beans, yes the beans, Tutubi's favorite halo-halo ingredient (or sometimes he prefers just the beans with shaved ice and milk) were not cooked right-- not tender and bit raw. If they're in business for quite some time, how come they don't know how to properly cook the beans?
Is it worth going all the way from Manila just for this? No, but if you're the area, probably near Emilio Aguinaldo Shrine, it's worth your try if you just need to sample it yourself. Tutubi prefers just going to Hidden Tapsi for tapsilog frugal food find, even taking out half-kilo of tapa, which rumors say are horse meat (tapang kabayo) and not beef tapa.
How to get there:
GPS coordinates: 14°27'37"N 120°56'34"E
If you're still looking for some kind of Bacoor Food Trip or even Cavite Food Trip that includes Digman Halo-halo in your itinerary, here's a map of Bacoor town proper where you can see old stone church of Bacoor upper left and Digman Halo-halo upper right. Manila is to the right while Cavite City and Kawit town is to the left.
If you have a private vehicle, you can get there fastest from Manila via Cavitex but you need to exit via Bacoor then turn left towards Bacoor town. Look for a road after passing Bacoor Church where you turn left.
If you're commuting, you can get there via buses from Baclaran and drop by just before you reach Bacoor Church (Church of Saint Michael the Archangel)