Oreo + Ice Cream = Happy Belly
One sunny afternoon, Geliebter and I were roaming around the city. We really didnt have any itinerary for that day. We just wanted to hang-out and check out something random in the city. When we got bored, he said he wanted to eat halo-halo. Geliebter was craving for it for days now. So, I agreed. And off we drove to Rain Tree Mall.
The branch in Rain Tree Mall is small and only have about 7-8 tables. Geliebter mentioned that they used to be in the front part of the mall and they have a much bigger space. As of writing, some parts of the mall is being reconstructed.
Looking at the menu, Ice Castle doesnt only serve cold desserts but meals as well. They have dimsums, noodles, sandwiches, and rice meals. I ordered Oreo Brownie Split, and Geliebter, of course, ordered Super Buko, a kind of halo-halo they offer.
While waiting, I scanned the menu one more time and read something interesting…
The Origins of the Halo-Halo
The Halo-halo was not an overnight creation. It evolved! The advent of ice plants in the early 1920’s started it all. A compound Tagalog word for “mix-mix”, the Halo-halo is a restatement of the Filipino…Multiracial…Multicultural
Originally, a combination of shaved ice with a square of caramelo, it was called a mono and cost a mere centavo. Later, the Chinese introduced almond-flavored, white gelatin, lychees, sweetened saba, and taho. By the mid 20’s, Japanese refreshment parlors mushroomed and monggo con hielo followed by maiz con hielo became popular.
Around the 30’s came American style soda fountains with all the western merchandising frills. They served splits, sundaes, floats, cobblers, frappes, and ice cream sodas. Meanwhile, off course were fruits, aplenty locally. Mangoes, papayas, avocadoes, water melon, nanka, coconut, etc. came in boiled, sweetened, mashed, frapped, shaken, and chilled. The camote, pinipig, kaong, nuts, macapuno, sugar, milk, sago, and corn flakes hit the scene too!The Filipino drew in all these and like an idea whose time has come the Halo-halo was born.
Well it’s something that you don’t usually read on the menu. Restaurants would usually maximize the space just promoting their product. This one is different – entertainingly different. 🙂
When our orders came, I got really giddy! The sight of chocolate ice cream and oreo in one plate have that effect on me…
Oreo Brownie Split Php 165.00
This wonderful creation comes with 3 scoops of ice cream: 2 chocolate and 1 vanilla, a banana, 2 Oreo cookies, topped with whipped cream, brownie bits, cherry, and drizzled with chocolate syrup! That’s right! This is one chocolatey trip that will make one chocoholic smile from ear to ear.
Super Buko Php 90.00
Geliebter’s Super Buko is topped with 2 scoops of Ube ice cream, and corn flakes. For Php 90, this one is really budget friendly. It’s actually good for two (average sized) Pinoy.
We devoured on our desserts while having random conversations about Cebu and whatnots. I enjoy times like this with Geliebter. I’m learning alot about Cebu, the life, the vibe, and the culture. Little did we know that it was almost over and all we could see were traces of melted ice cream.
Ice Castle is very budget friendly, and the dessert tastes great too. It is even on the Top 5 Best Halo-halo stores by onecebu.com. Go check them out.
Ice Castle Halo-Halo & Ice Cream House
Address: Raintree Mall, F. Ramos Street, Cebu City, Cebu, 6000
Disclaimer: This article is a personal post based on my experience about the product. I was not paid nor asked to write about Ice Castle.
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