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How many of these cooling treats from around the globe have you tried?

The next time you hop on a plane halfway around the world, see if any of the desserts we've compiled below are available in the city/cities you're visiting.

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1. Halo-Halo (Origin: Philippines)

If you ever get lost in the busy streets of Manila during summer, take a breather and check out the many food stalls or restaurants offering mouth-watering halo-halo.

Halo-halo, which roughly translates to "mix-mix," is made up of a melange of ingredients such as evaporated milk, coconut strips, purple yam, caramel custard, and ice cream. In some servings, the dessert comes with gulaman or dried agar and tapioca pearls. Regardless of its contents, Filipinos know that there is only one way to consume this summer favourite—by mixing it up.

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2. Bingsu (Origin: South Korea)

The ideal dessert after a feast of samgyeopsal (grilled pork belly) would probably be patbingsu or bingsu, a popular summer snack in South Korea. Bingsu is made up of milk, sweet red beans, cereal, and fruits on top of shaved ice. Some versions of the dessert may include condensed milk or sweet fruit syrup.

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3. Kakigōri (Origin: Japan)

Japan has always been known for sushi, shabu-shabu, tempura and yakitori, but rarely does kakigōri receive the credit it deserves.

Made up of flavoured syrup and shaved ice, kakigōri can either be bought at food stalls across Japan or be made in the comfort of your home. Some flavours include cherry, lemon, green tea, melon, strawberry, and sweet plum. Some stores may opt to serve kakigōri in one of these flavours or mix everything in one bowl. 

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4. ABC or Ais Kacang (Origin: Malaysia)

ABC (Ais Batu Campur) or Ais Kacang is Malaysia's answer to our temperamental tropical weather. The icy cold refreshment soothes with its core ingredient of sweet shaved ice. Additional elements include sweet corn, grass jelly, red beans, attap chee (palm nuts), ice cream and raisins.

Because aesthetics count for a lot in a meal, ais kacang never fails to cheer you up with its bright colours.

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5. Baobing (Origin: Taiwan)

Also popular in China and Vietnam during the summer months, baobing can be traced back to more than 1,000 years. During the Tang Dynasty, the treat was only consumed by aristocrats and state leaders. Today, it can be found in night markets and pancake stands across Taiwan.


6. Nam Kang Sai (Origin: Thailand)

In Thailand, where the temperature is usually hot, nam kang sai is a treat locals love to put on their tables. The dessert is easy to make as it only requires grass jelly in syrup, shaved coconut, cubed bread, and milk.

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7. Raspado (Origin: Mexico)

Nothing else will soothe your throat like raspado from Mexico. This crushed ice dessert can be bought from street vendors across the country. Traditionally, raspado is made from scraped ice and syrup, and served in a plastic cup with a straw or a spoon.

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8. Piragua (Origin: Puerto Rico)

Puerto Ricans often flock to different coloured pushcarts that sell piragua, a dessert made up of shaved ice and fruit-flavoured syrup. Tropical syrup flavours vary from passion fruit to mango.

Called Piragüeros, vendors who sell piragua only emerge during summer, when business is expected to boom.

9. Faloodeh (Origin: Iran)

Iran’s version of ice cream comes in the form of faloodeh, a frozen dessert made up of vermicelli rice noodles, rose water, lime juice and cherry syrup.

Some say that faloodeh has been around since 400 BC, and was accidentally invented when grape juice was spilt over snow. Faloodeh remains popular today and is served in coffee shops and ice cream parlours across Iran.

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