Apareja’s Buko Halo-halo became popular by word of mouth
We were warned about the waiting time to get a table
But at the same time, we were also getting superlatives about their bestseller
It’s about 45 minutes ride from Gensan and you could easily miss it if you drive too fast
Thankfully, the tip to look out for parked cars along the road gave it away
It’s not a fancy place — somewhat ramshackle but good enough to dine in
While waiting for our orders, we noticed the various fruit ingredients for the buko halo-halo
There were saging na saba (plantain), kamote (sweet potato), langka (jackfruit) and of course the young coconut fruits
Most of these are delivered by their suppliers ever since the demand has grown
The fruits once ripe are then prepared in sweetened format
These becomes part of their so-popular buko halo-halo
Preparation-wise, I rate it seven out of ten stars — it looked so haphazardly done
Ingredients-wise, they earn a ten because on top of the sweetened kamote, langka and saging na saba
There were sweet corn kernels and kaong (sugar palm) and ube (purple yam) jam, leche flan and a scoop of ice cream
The crushed ice melted quickly since they were very generous with the evaporated milk
You’ve got to mix the whole thing to really call it halo-halo so don’t eat the ice cream separately!
And since it’s BUKO halo-halo, you have to scrape the inner layer of the coco fruit to get the coco meat
Taste-waste, it’s way better than the popular halo-halo of a fastfood chain and you get to dine with nature
Apareja Buko Halo-halo is located at Barangay Saravia, Barrio Ocho, Koronadal City. If you’re going to Koronadal, their nook is along the National Highway (at the left side). You’ll spot it easily because of the number of vehicles parked along the road. They’re open at 9:00 am to 5:00 pm until their supply lasts. Waiting time for tables is a challenge so be patient. Cash payments only.
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