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Ginataang Halo-Halo or "Tambo-Tambo"

Type of Cuisine: Filipino
Provided By: Sophia Benton
From: Wailua

Tambo-Tambo is a special dessert that my mom and grandma makes for me on my birthday. It is a traditional Filipino dessert that my grandma, Florida Cachero, and I would like to share with you.


1 cupglutinous rice flour
3 canscoconut milk (13.5 oz cans)
4 cupssweet potato, peeled and cubed
2 cupsbananas, peeled and cubed
1 cupcooked tapioca
1 cupjackfruit
1 cupcoconut cream
1 cupsugar


  1. In a small bowl, combine glutinous rice flour and ½ cup water. If the dough is too sticky, add more flour, and if it is too crumbly, add a little water
  2. Using the palms of your hands form dough into smooth balls -- the size of marbles. Arrange dough balls in a single layer on a baking sheet or plate and cover it with a cloth until ready to use
  3. In a large pot over medium heat, combine coconut milk and the 2 remaining cups of water. Bring to a simmer.
  4. Add sweet potato and cook for about 3 - 5 minutes or until almost tender
  5. Add bananas, tapioca, and jackfruit and cook for another 3 - 5 minutes
  6. Add glutinous rice balls and cook for another 3 - 5 minutes, or until the balls start to float to the top
  7. Add sugar and stir until dissolved
  8. Add coconut cream and continue to cook until bananas and sweet potatoes are tender, but are not falling apart. Cook until the ginataang thickens to desired consistency.
  9. Serve it hot or cold

Recipe submitted by Sophia Benton and Florida Cachero (Grandma)