Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Halo Halo de Iloko Balay: A Must Stop for Halo-Halo in La Union

Last summer, we Tsinoy Foodies went on our second out-of-town trip.  We just love Northern Luzon so after our first one in Baguio City, we went on with a wider scope which is La Union and the Ilocos Region.  

Ever since we arrived in La Union, I've been convincing fellow Tsinoy Foodie Kurt go to Halo Halo de Iloko Balay.  On our second day, after we went to Pugad: Pugo Adventure and we were supposed to head back to my aunt's house in Candon City, Ilocos Sur when Kurt finally gave in.  

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I was rejuvenated with glee upon reaching the colorfully lighted and artsy Halo Halo de Iloko.  There were many restaurants and homes there who offered unlimited halo-halo for a cheaper price but its amazing that all the crowd seemed to be gathered at Halo Halo de Iloko.  As we went in, we were lucky to find a seat quickly.  The server told us that there was a very long line just that afternoon so they were forced to ask some of their customers to come back.  


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Indoor Waiting Area
Halo Halo de Iloko is a two-storey house decorated with paintings, wood works, artifacts, bottles and other random artsy stuffs.  You could divide the restaurant in three parts.  There is the indoor part where we were seated, the annex and the second floor.  Each part has a different interior.  It's quite bizarre and at the same time amusing to look at.  


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Outdoor Waiting Area
The out waiting area is not as extravagant but I love the simple homey feel.  


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They had a store for souvenirs by the annex just before the kitchen.


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Just beside our table, we saw this framed collage of clippings where Halo Halo de Iloko was featured.   We've heard it has been featured in a lot of TV shows too and many celebrities have visited there.  Of course, that got me even more excited.

Food

Halo-Halo
buko halo halo
♥ Buko Halo-Halo (170 php)
I ordered the Buko Halo-Halo which is the a halo-halo composed of Ube Ice Cream, Ube San Gabriel, Yema Pandan, MilkPastilla de Leche, ube, macapuno, cereal, langka, kaong and shaved ice.  What makes their halo-halo special is that the ingredients are all the best from the Ilocos region.  It also came with a glass of buko juice.  Not only did it look cute with a mini umbrella and a leaf decoration, it was delicious too.  

Panciteria
palabokano
♥ Palabokano (150 php)
Kurt ordered the Palabokano which is their home-made palabok with home-made longganisa bits, leeks, egg, chicharon and vegetables.  We both agreed that this was a great innovation.  It made the ordinary version of the palabok more savory.

Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
Halo Halo de Iloko serves an awesome halo-halo and other dishes that will surely satisfy you.  But, the most important part when dining at Halo Halo de Iloko is the ambiance.  Stay and be enthralled at its magical atmosphere.  Their pricing is very affordable too.  We will surely visit here again when in the area.

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating Halo Halo de Iloko Menu
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Halo Halo de Iloko
Business Address 12 Zandueta St.,
San Fernando, La Union, Philippines
Business Hours 10am-6pm
Payment Options Cash
Service Charge
Budget/Person 150-400
Free WiFi No
Unlocked Foursquare Perks None
Contact (72) 700-2030; (0919) 388-3145;(0917)6527919
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