Where you can get these 18 ice-cold, mouthwatering desserts – for every budget
MANILA, Philippines – A sweet treat may be just what you need to counter a Philippine summer's intense, scorching humidity and heat. There are tons of delicious desserts to try, so this may be the perfect time to explore and discover your favorite new treat, no matter your budget.
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Assorted Korean popsicles and ice cream sandwiches (P25 to P45)
Great for those on a budget, these assorted ice drops and popsicles come in a variety of flavors, from matcha to red bean to strawberry. Visit your neighborhood Korean supermarket or mini-mart – and bring friends! The ones photographed above are from Ha-Neul Mart on Garnet Road in Ortigas.
Melon Bingsu from Flafe (P190)
Quite literally around the corner from Ha-Neul mart is Flafe Cafe, a tiny haven in the heart of Ortigas serving Korean eats – including dessert, and including the famous melon bingsu (bingsu is a popular finely shaved ice dessert).
Convenience store chain Lawson has unique flavors of soft-serve ice cream like bamboo charcoal and their seasonal cherry blossom (sakura) flavor, or a mix of both.
If you aren't sure about what to get among The Dessert Kitchen's wide range of choices, their best-seller, Purple in Love, is a good bet. This refreshing grape flavored dessert is made of grape shaved ice, topped with fresh grapes, juicy grape seaweed balls that explode in your mouth, mini rice balls, and taro mochi ice cream.
Found in Hole in the Wall, Milk Trade's specialty is steamed milk, a sweet and silky custard-like dessert that may be familiar to those who have traveled to Hong Kong. It's served cold, so pair the milk with eggettes (P150) – waffles that are crispy on the outside but pillowy-soft on the inside – for a nice contrast in texture.
The Dessert Kitchen has more traditional options too, like sundaes and parfaits. Their Joy of Party sundae has the same juicy seaweed balls, plus cornflakes and nata de coco, all topped with a scoop of cranberry rum ice cream.
Icebergs halo-halo, P128
You can get this colorful, multi-textured, glorious mix of local ingredients at almost every Filipino restaurant, but the one photographed above is from Icebergs. They're famous for a ton of other ice cream concoctions, but the halo-halo remains a beloved pick.
Duo of panna cotta – taho and Thai Milk Tea from No Reservations (P160)
Just steps away from the popular Kapitolyo Gastro Park is 16 United Street, a combination of many restaurants serving everything from tacos to ribs. On the second floor, you'll find No Reservations – and dive straight for this delicious panna cotta, a modern spin on taho and Thai Milk tea.
Purple Yam serves ice cream in flavors inspired by Filipino treats, like this champoy ice cream served with an additional kalabasa tikoy disc (P30).
Watch it being prepared in front of you, then enjoy this treat. This avocado ice cream looks crumbly, but it's actually very creamy and flavorful.
These desserts in cups from Lawson come in trendy flavors like coffee, red velvet, and matcha.
Sarsa's piaya ice cream sandwiches are a great twist to the Filipino flatbread. At the World Street Food Congress' (WSFC) 15-hour Food Frenzy event, we tried all 3 flavors of ice cream sandwhiches – ube, vanilla, and queso – topped with salted muscovado caramel.
For a very Pinoy treat, head over to Bono Artisanal Gelato for this award-winning dessert, which won the People's Choice Award at the Gelato World Tour in Singapore last March 2015. The treat is still available, according to their Facebook.
Melon sorbetes with barquillos from Locavore, 3 scoops, P180.
There is so much to love at Locavore, a perennial favorite for Pasig diners. The desserts often take a backseat to the restaurant's beautifully presented dishes – but if you want a simple and sweet treat, this melon ice cream will do the trick.
From Gallery Vask, #39 of Asia's 50 Best Restaurants, this pintos is actually their take on sweet tamales from Cebu. Creamy and sweet corn pudding is steamed and stuffed in corn husk, and this goes well with corn mousse and burnt milk ice cream, which has a distinctly smoky flavor.
This is included in their Alamat menu (14 courses, P4,900 + wine pairing, P2,500).
Come to Xocolat for this sinful, sizeable, and very, very rich Original Sin brownie – with a giant scoop of ice cream on top.
Twirl-all-you-can ice cream from Family Mart (P25)
Stack up ribbons of refreshing ice cream on your cone as much as you can. They come in seasonal flavors like milk tea (in photo).
Mango pudding from Gloria Maris (P150)
Gloria Maris in Greenhills is a mammoth institution in the Greenhills dining scene, an iconic location where people go for delicious Chinese eats. The mango pudding is no exception.
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