Prepare to be charmed as Halo-Halo, the popular Filipino delicacy, takes center stage in the beautiful world of Tomarang in Sims 4 For Rent!
Curious about the inspiration behind one of the desserts in the For Rent expansion pack? The Sims team made a right choice for introducing Halo-Halo to the world of Tomarang!
What Is Halo-Halo?
Halo-Halo, “Mix-Mix” in English word, is a popular sweet treat hailing from the Philippines. This delightful dessert has become a cultural symbol, embodying the spirit of Filipino culinary talent. The origins of Halo-Halo may be traced back to the pre-war Japanese Filipino era and were inspired by a Japanese dessert known as Kakigōri, a shaved iced dessert with flavored syrup and a sweetener. The recipes change with time, and no one could have predicted that this simple delicacy would become a culinary emblem for the entire country.
The Sims Team Showcasing Halo-Halo
The Sims Team included one of the newly introduced desserts in Tomarang in their most recent article, offering a look into the sweet pleasures that await gamers in the current update. A food creator and a renowed Tiktok, Ian Kewks, shared his excitement by presenting a recipe for halo-halo to the Team.
Ian stated that halo-halo is a mash-up of the best that the Philippines has to offer, including needed components such as ube, sweet banana, jackfruit, and coconut strips. Recognizing the difficulty of obtaining certain components from Filipino groceries, such as pinipig (toasted rice), Ian insured that with substitutes, the dish remained varied and delicious. He shared useful information, stating that numerous substitutions, such as utilizing fresh bananas or jackfruit and opting for alternatives to preserved coconut strips, evaporated milk, and pinipig, can be smoothly included without affecting the dish’s originality.
In general, Ian Kewks encourages a creative and individualized approach to creating and relishing this classic Filipino delight.
Let’s make Halo-halo!
You can see below the step by step instructions and recipes of Ian on how to make a delicious Halo-Halo at home!
Prep time: 5-10 mins
Servings: 1 tall glass or 1 large bowl
1/2 – 1 cup shaved/crushed ice
1⁄4 cup evaporated milk
1 tbsp ube halaya (ube jam)
1 tbsp sweetened red mung beans
1 tbsp sweetened jackfruit strips
1 tbsp sweetened bananas (plantain or saba), chopped
1 tbsp sugar palm fruit
1 tbsp sweetened coconut strips/macapuno
1 tbsp coconut gel/nata de coco
1 scoop ube ice cream
1 slice leche flan
1 chocolate wafer stick
1 tsp pinipig, toasted
- In a tall glass, add in all the ingredients for the filling (you can spread the ube halaya inside the sides of the glass for a more traditional look).
- Fill the glass with the shaved/crushed ice and drizzle in the evaporated milk.
- Top the halo halo with a scoop of ube ice cream, leche flan, a chocolate wafer stick, and toasted pinipig.
- Serve immediately. Stir and mix everything together before eating. Enjoy!
Halo-Halo plays a vital role on our daily lives. You can see and buy Halo-Halo in every corner of the streets every Summer because that’s the best time to eat it since Philippines is a tropical country. This renowned Filipino delicacy has become a regular on various restaurants’ menus and even in fast-food establishments so it’s very accessible to those who craved for it.
With that being said, food is a vital part of Asian culture, from the bustling street food booths to the huge feasts eaten at family gatherings. As a Filipino Simmer, the inclusion of the Philippines in my favorite game fills me with pride. This not only allows Filipino Simmers to see authentic representations of our own culture, but it also helps Simmers from all over the world to learn about and appreciate the beauty of Asian traditions, architecture, and daily life.
Why don’t you try and recreate Halo-Halo? And tell us what you think about it and take a picture and share it to the world! Don’t forget about also the Pancit! I’m sure you’re all going to love it! You can ask us on other delicious Filipino delicacies you might want to try!