Goldilocks Bake Shop and Restaurant

Goldilock's Bakery

Goldilock's Bakery

There may be better Filipino restaurants representing the large Pinoy community in Las Vegas but the Goldilocks bakery has some of the finest Filipino breads, cakes, cookies and pastries in town. The best birthday cake I ever had in my life was a Filipino Goldilocks cake that used the crushed puffed rice called “pinipeg” that was as fine as any French creation I have ever eaten. They also serve up the wacky, rainbow colored crushed ice treat called “halo-halo” that’s wildly popular in the Philippines.  Several locations in Las Vegas including 2797 S Maryland Parkway

Halo Halo

Halo Halo

Halo Halo

This favorite Filipino desert consists of many colorful components. Sweet preserved beans, coconut meat, jackfruit, pounded dried rice (pinipig), shreds of sweetened plantain, corn kernels and any variety of tropical fruits and even (gasp) Jell-o are served on top of crushed ice with condensed milk, coconut milk and vivid purple yam ice cream on top (available at 99 Ranch Market as well as a number of the other Asian markets across the city). The name “Halo” means “mix” in Filipino and the whole lot is mixed together while eating.

For 4 servings

2 ripe mangoes or 1 cup canned ripe mango

1 cup firm gelatin set into gel and cut into 1/2-inch cubes

1 cup canned ripe jackfruit, crushed pineapple or cubed papaya

1/2 cup sweet corn kernels or chick peas (garbanzos)

1 cup young shredded coconut, fresh or canned

1 cup cooked sweet yams or (ube halaya) glutinous purple yam,  cut into 1-inch cubes

2 cup shaved ice

2 cup sweetened condensed milk or coconut milk

4 scoops of favorite ice cream

1/2 cup chopped peanuts or rice krispies 

Prepare 4 tall glasses. Divide each ingredient into 4 equal parts.

In each glass place 1/4 of each ingredient, adding layer by layer starting with corn or chick peas, cooked sweet yams, jackfruit, bananas, coconut, and gelatin.

Top with 1/2 cup shaved ice.

Pour 1/4 cup milk over shaved ice and top with a scoop of ice cream.

Sprinkle nuts or rice krispies over it

To eat, either eat the items as you go or as they do in the Philippines, all mixed together.

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