Halo-halo de Iloko Balay: La Union’s Best

Irene Tria | FoodFindsAsia

Aside from its clean waves reaching 8-10 ft on a good swell which is perfect from beginners to advanced surfers, one of the most visited tourist spots in La Union is the Halo-Halo De Iloko Balay in San Fernando.

Halo-Halo De Iloko used to be a simple go-to halo-halo restaurant for locals and tourists but over the years it expanded to serve local Ilokano dishes too.

Located in the residential area of San Fernando, it will only take less than an hour to get there from San Juan. But brace yourselves since it’s a tourist spot, the road is too narrow, it gets a little crowded and parking space will be very difficult.

The restaurant is an extension to the Mercado’s house which was built during the Spanish era. And what makes it more unique is the tables are named after the places in La Union. According to Xavier Mercado, owner and manager, he wanted their customers to have something to be curious about, and allow his staff to interact with them.

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So here are their best seller for the Ilokano dishes:

Halo-Halo de Iloko
Fried Chicken
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Pinakbet

and of course, their very famous, halo-halo:

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Halo-Halo Fiesta

So if you’re planning to take a side trip up north to catch some waves, make sure to drop by Halo-Halo de Iloko Balay for the best gastronomic experience La Union has to offer.


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