Kuya J Halo-Halo Espesyal: Smooth and suave as Jericho Rosales

With the Philippines being a tropical country, the heat always make me feel like it’s summer season everyday. I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels that… but thanks to Kuya J Restaurant because its newest offering will help me breeze through the scorching heat all year long. I’m talking about Kuya J Halo-Halo Espesyal.

kuya j halo halo espesyal

When it comes to halo-halo, I thought I’ve seen and tasted them all. Shaved ice, milk, leche flan, ube and a variety of toppings. But Kuya J Halo-Halo Espesyal is something else, truly Espesyal. What makes it “espesyal” is the paper-thin shaved ice that’s as smooth and suave as the restaurant’s endorser, Jericho Rosales.

jericho rosales for kuya j

I got to try Kuya J Halo-Halo Espesyal last Sunday during the Meet and Greet with Jericho Rosales at their SM Manila branch. The shaved ice is what really stands out, every spoonful is sweet and milky and instantly melts in my mouth. And I haven’t scooped out the ingredients yet.

Kuya J Halo-Halo Espesyal

Kuya J Halo-Halo Espesyal, Php 99

On top reigns a thick chunk of homemade leche flan, sprinkled with crunchy corn flakes, and drizzled with ube bream. Once you dig in, you’ll be in for a treat of sweet and meaty macapuno strings, red and green nata de coco, caramelized saba, velvety ube jam, and glazed langka. I love it because it has all of my favorite halo-halo ingredients (and no beans!)

Aside from the halo-halo, we were served with Kuya J’s favorites too. Starting with Grilled Scallops and Lumpia Presko.

Each Grilled Scallops is creamy and buttery!

Grilled Scallops

Grilled Scallops, Php 230

Lumpia Presko has sautéed crabmeat and bamboo shoots filling rolled in malunggay infused wrapper with sweet garlic sauce. This is one of my fave because it’s light and fresh, the bamboo shoots are so soft.

Lumpia Presko

Lumpia Presko, Php 95

The Crispy Catfish is crunchy and well-seasoned with spices, served with chilli tuba and bagoong mayo sauce.

Crispy Catfish

Crispy Catfish, Php 295

Kuya J’s Kare-Kare has that homemade taste, the peanut sauce is made from scratch that’s why you can really taste it’s nutty flavor.


Kare-Kare, Php 399

The star of the table is Kuya J’s Crispy Pata, perfectly deep fried pork skin with tender juicy pata meat. This is Kuya J’s specialty so it’s a must try.

Crispy Pata

Crispy Pata: Regular Php 490, Family Php 695

Meanwhile, I like my sisig crunchy and almost-shredded to bits that’s why I enjoyed Kuya J’s sisig.

kuya j sisig

Sisig, Php 190

All these Pinoy spread on our table wouldn’t be complete without rice. We had this Danggit Rice, it’s so delicious I can eat it alone, or maybe a two of three of these crunchy danggit too.

Danggit Rice

Danggit Rice, Php 175

Kuya J still has lots of yummy Pinoy food on its menu and I’m excited for my next visit. Of course, Kuya J Halo-Halo Espesyal will be the perfect ending for all that mouthwatering and heartwarming dishes.

To know more about Kuya J and its branches, visit www.kuyaj.ph, like www.facebook.com/KuyaJResto and follow @kuyajresto on Twitter and Instagram.


  1. Waah! Naiinggit ako, you have picture with my long time crush. hehehe! We love Kuya J, we always visit the Solenad 3 branch. We always buy leche flan but I will try that Halo-halo on our next visit in Nuvali.


  2. Love to eat every time and I will grab any kinds with style. Indeed, the halo-halo looks refreshing to gobble it up. Like to try this Kuya J in the future.


  3. Now, I’m craving for Halo Halo. They have a lot of good meals at Kuya J.


  4. Love the title. Smooth and suave like Echo haha. I used to think he owned the resto . it has good vibes and great Filipino food!!


  5. oh wow! that halo-halo is really making me drool! the ice are so finely crashed which I really preferred! The ingredients are not over the top but seemingly so addictive! I have heard we have one here in SM Bacoor so might have to check it out… i don’t care if the summer is already over ahaha


  6. Yung sisig nila, panalo! Yes, their halo-halo’s good. Medyo naumay lang ako dahil magkasunod na araw ko sya nakain. Also, Razon’s version remains holding the top spot in my book. 🙂


  7. My favorite Pinoy dessert! Ma-try nga dito minsan. 🙂


  8. Thanks for sharing! I am quite addicted to RAZON’s but since you shared this one as well I would love to try it out. The sisig and Karekare look appetizing as well.


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