Halo-halo is the Filipino version of shaved ice. And when Filipinos do shaved ice, they do it with a vengeance: mung beans, macapuno fruit, papaya, shredded coconut, jackfruit (or langka), and cubed gelatin are layered in dense strata beneath a conical drift of shaved ice. Salo-Salo Grill in Glendale serves its version of the traditional dessert with a layer of leche flan, an all-important but too-oft-neglected ingredient in the halo-halo diaspora. As if that wasn't enough, the entire concoction is drenched in milk and topped with a scoop of neon purple ube ice cream and a salty, crunchy scatter of pinipig puffed rice. Translated from the Tagalog, halo-halo literally means “mix-mix.” And that's the final step. You mix the whole thing together with a long silver spoon, bringing sweet chaos where there once was order. 130 N. Maryland Ave., Glendale. (818) 241-0880, salo-salogrill.com.

—Gendy Alimurung

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