With summer days ahead, we’re all looking forward to everything that will make us feel refreshed, energized, and revitalized.
And the good news is that whether you’re enjoying thrilling rides or watching the sunset at SM by the Bay; shopping or dining with family and friends at the main mall or savoring gourmet cuisine at S Maison, there are a lot of cool stops serving frozen desserts, milk, tea, and smoothies at the SM Mall of Asia Complex.
The milk tea craze has made us aware of the many possibilities and flavors of this popular drink. Not to mention its health benefits. Chatime, one of the first to ride on the milk tea craze hit the Philippines with its fresh and savory tapioca pearls; Coco’s classic Panda Milk Tea; Macao Imperial Tea’s cheesecake, and pearl milk tea.
As a tropical country, our cuisine has many delightful ways to keep cool, and the good news is that modern Filipino restaurants have given traditional recipes a twist.
At Razon’s, halo-halo, the ultimate summertime treat, is a collaboration of sweet and icy layers of caramelized banana sauce, rich coconut strings of macapuno jam, refreshing shaved ice, sweetened evaporated milk, and topped with slices of creamy leche flan.
Manam’s pampalamigs bring together some of the most enjoyable local fruit flavors: ube + sago, mango+pomelo+sago, or strawberry + kamias, all freshly brewed.
Locavore’s cool take on well-loved Pinoy desserts – chocnut bars and iskarambol or ice scramble, a street-side treat – bring childhood memories to a new generation.
Frozen desserts – ice cream, gelato, sherbet, frozen yogurt, and sorbet – are great ways to keep cool during the hot summer months and beyond.
Cold Stone premium ice cream is made fresh in every store, churned from the finest ingredients, and topped with your choice of candy, fruit, and nuts, making it one of the best tasting made to order ice creams; Iceberg has new takes on all-time favorites like Banana Split; Tiger Sugar’s ice cream bars are cold and creamy with the caramel-y flavors of Tiger Sugar’s signature drink; Nuki Churros and Gelato is known for its intensity of flavors.
And if you’re health-conscious, you can try frozen yogurt which is lower in fat and calories than ice cream. There is BLK 513, a Charcoal enhanced Frozen Yogur; Llaollao is a Spanish frozen yogurt brand that comes with a wide range of toppings and sauces; Overdough’s yogurt ice cream in fruit blends; and Koomi’s refreshing yogurt drinks in Aussie Blend (tangier) and the Filipino Blend (sweeter blend) flavors.
Other ways to keep cool this summer: J.Co Donuts’ bottled J.Coccino; Salad Stop’s freshly brewed smoothies like Sunny Slush are blended with the freshest fruits and have the perfect balance of sweet and tangy flavors; and If you want a more flavorful smoothie, try Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf’s Lightened Iced Matcha with ceremonial grade matcha and classic vanilla powder.
Jamba Juice also has superfood smoothie tubs to choose from like Creamy Strawberries Wild, Banana Berry Blush, Mango-a-go-go Whirl’d, and PB is a Moo’d, the BGV (Berry Good Vibes), PB but Better, and Tropical Dreamin’. Beat the summer heat with cool refreshments and desserts at the SM Mall of Asia Complex.