If you happen to crave ube ice cream in Budapest, you'll find it at Barako Kávéház,a single-origin coffeeshop run by two Filipino expats.
Three purple scoops crown the coffeeshop's signature halo-halo, the only one on offer in the Hungarian capital. Luleyn Andres, who co-owns the coffeeshop with her husband Ryan, makes her halaya with dehydrated ube powder that she brings home from trips to the Philippines — the one ingredient she has trouble finding in local Asian groceries. If you have access to halaya made with fresh ube, feel free to use it. Diasporic cooking is all about adapting to the ingredients that are available to you.
2 cups heavy cream
1/2 cup condensed milk
2 cups ube halaya (recipe follows; or use your favorite kind)
1 cup dehydrated ube
20 oz evaporated milk
13 oz condensed milk
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter, melted
Barako Kávéház is located at Török u. 3, Budapest 1023, Hungary.
+36 30 283 7065
This article also appeared in edited form in Positively Filipino Magazine.