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Iligan City’s halang-halang

By on December 16, 2011

I finally have dined at the famous halang-halang food stalls at a wet market in Iligan City. This comes as a surprise because although I spent my college years in Iligan, I was only able to visit this part of the city one Saturday evening last August. It was also raining that time so I thought that a hot bowl of spicy soup, or the halang-halang would be the perfect comfort food for the cold evening.

There are actually many stalls that serve the halang-halang but I chose the one which had yellow tables. This was suggested by an old college acquaintance whom I met at the bus station earlier. It was also located farthest from the road and already overlooked the Iligan bay. Like all the other stalls, it has an open air kitchen, a basic dining area and a rugged ambience. This is indeed a culinary adventure for the budget-conscious who would like to pay more for the food rather than the place.

iligan halang halang

All the stalls serve halang-halang, a spicy soup with beef cuts and innards and bulalo which also had the same soup stock. The only difference I think is that the beef portion of the latter was attached to something that resembles like a bone. By adding chopped chillis and spring onions, the hotness and the over-all flavor may also be adjusted according to one’s taste and preference.

I would have wanted my meat portions to be more tender though. The soup stock also needs some ingredients to perhaps drown out the predominant Ajinomoto flavor. But curiously, no one talked about the halang-halang that evening. Visibly sweating due to the spicyness of the soup, the students and department store staffs that shared the same table with me, talked instead about how their day went. The simple halang-halang soup was strangely, good enough for everyone on that table. Each of us then left for our respective destinations, satisfied and full.

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    December 17, 2011

    Bren, I honestly was looking for the Rizal at 150 footer on this post. My bad. Haha. 😀

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    December 31, 2011

    I'm glad you noticed the Rizal footers JP. 🙂 Just so you know, there are still 11-12 more posts already queued for next year.

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    Jed Reston

    February 23, 2012

    I miss iligan and the halang-halang… thanks for the picture mr. mercado… hjehehe…

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    February 27, 2012

    Hey Jed, how's it been?

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    April 16, 2012

    i used to dine on this place…the breeze coming from the sea is just too perfect to cool you down after sipping that spicy halang halang soup. if i remember it right an order of the halang halang only cost 30Php and the rice about 7Php..very budget friendly.looking forward to going back to the city next month.thank you for the post 🙂

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    April 16, 2012

    Hi gagay, welcome to Baktin Corporation! 🙂


Brennan Mercado
The Philippines

Brennan is an electronics engineer by profession. From time to time, he gets to travel beyond his office cubicle, try new restaurants or catch up with his terribly long list of unread books. He likes museums, spicy food and talking with habal-habal drivers. For now, he's still deciding on whether to play Pokémon GO or not.

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