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How to make halo-halo, a Filipino summer treat

In honour of Filipino Heritage Month, learn how to make halo-halo, a traditional shaved ice dessert, with CBC's Out in the Open host Piya Chattopadhyay and food writer Nastasha Alli.

June marks Canada's first Filipino Heritage Month

In honour of Filipino Heritage Month, learn how to make halo-halo, a traditional shaved ice dessert, with CBC's Out in the Open host Piya Chattopadhyay and food writer Nastasha Alli. 9:57

As the summer heats up, one way to cool down is with a big glass of halo-halo, a traditional and popular shaved ice dessert from the Philippines.

Halo-halo, which translates to "mix-mix," is made by combining native Philippine ingredients, like jackfruit, palm seeds and coconut jellies, with fare borrowed from other cultures, such as mung beans from Japan and flan from Spain. It's all topped with a heaping scoop of shaved ice and a drizzle of evaporated milk. 

CBC Radio host Piya Chattopadhyay and food writer Nastasha Alli construct their glasses of halo-halo using ingredients like jackfruit, pandan jellies, mung beans and rice cereal. (Olsy Sorokina/CBC)

The unique concoction reflects the diverse history of the Philippines, from Japanese migration to Spanish colonialism to American occupation.

In honour of Canada's first Filipino Heritage Month, being celebrated this June, CBC's Out in the Open host Piya Chattopadhyay and food writer Nastasha Alli show us how to make the sweet treat.

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