Start the Summer Right with Filipino Food from Kuya J and Their Newest Dessert: the Duo Halo-Halo Espesyal!

Pair your Filipino comfort food favorites with Kuya J’s reinvented Halo-halo Espesyal, which now combines two of their bestselling flavors!

Kuya J is a Filipino casual dining restaurant known for its homey ambiance and myriad of gastronomic delights that use only the freshest ingredients. Each dish comes in generous portions, meant for sharing, as they embody the familiar taste of home, and the warmth of sharing meals with family and loved ones.

This summer, Kuya J introduces their latest creation: The Duo Halo-halo Espesyal— a union of two of their bestselling halo-halo flavors!

Kuya J’s New Duo Halo-halo Espesyal!

Halo-halo is a Pinoy favorite that’s cooling and refreshing: a great dessert to beat the summer heat! It features shaved ice, milk and a myriad of sweet toppings and fruits. We’re talking nata de coco (coconut jelly), sweetened saba (banana), beans and more—  all of which are finished off with your choice of ice cream. To enjoy this delectable dessert, mash it together with a spoon and mix everything up.

The problem though is that some halo-halo desserts tend to melt and get watery after a while, and some use shaved ice that is rough and sharp. But here at Kuya J, they do it differently. Their ice is finely shaved— much like the Korean bingsu desserts— and already includes milk (or ube, for their ube-flavored halo-halo), so that it retains the same creamy taste even as it melts. Toppings include macapuno, nata de coco, caramelized saba, ube jam and langka (jackfruit). A slice of leche flan (egg pudding), and a generous sprinkling of crunchy cornflakes complete this lovely dessert.


“We take pride in being known for our unique and flavorful renditions of Halo-halo. Our customers have come to love this special summer dessert and that is why we are happy to present yet another addition to our menu,” said Kuya J Group president Winglip Chang. “Kuya J’s new Duo Halo-halo Espesyal, a fusion of our own version of the classic Halo-halo and the crowd favorite Ube Halo-halo Espesyal, is a delicious and exciting treat that will definitely beat the heat this summer season.”

Now, customers can get the best of both worlds with the new Duo Halo-halo Espesyal, which combines milky ice with thick, purple ube ice. You can now enjoy the creamy, subtle flavors of milk, or mix it with the earthy flavors of ube ice. It’s a visual treat best enjoyed on its own, or with family and loved ones!

During the launch of their newest dessert in their Shaw Branch, influencers and bloggers alike were also given the chance to enjoy a delicious lunch: comfort food favorites that Kuya J will always be known for.


These were the noteworthy dishes served to us:


Kuya J Grilled Scallops

Grilled scallops topped with minced garlic and buttery margarine for salty and tangy flavors that meld together with springy bites of seafood. Each bite is a flavor bomb that is best enjoyed with rice or noodles.


Relyenong Talong

Flaked eggplant dipped in a mixture of egg, veggies and meat. It is then pan-fried to a lovely golden yellow to achieve that soft consistency. Taste is subtle, but filling all the same.


Kuya J Bulalo

A heartwarming soup just like mum used to make! The bulalo of Kuya J is loaded with rich, beefy flavors, generous chunks of tender beef, and some crisp vegetables.


Kuya J Crispy Pata

The Crispy Pata of Kuya J features crunchy skin and tender pork that practically slides off the bone. Enjoy these rich, meaty flavors with a spiced mix of soy sauce and vinegar or some refreshing shreds of sweet and sour atchara.


Sizzling Sisig with Egg

Sizzling bites of pork cooked with onions for that crunch, and some sliced green chili for that touch of heat! Mix in the sunny side up egg for that oozing liquid gold that adds creamy flavors to the overall dish.


Danggit Rice

Fried rice made even better with some toasted garlic and fresh spring onion as aromatics, paired with crispy pieces of fish. It’s a subtle taste, with occasional bites of saltiness from the danggit, which serves as a great accompaniment to any ulam.


Sotanghon Guisado

Springy, stir-fried noodles in a bed of crisp vegetables and soft meat. Best enjoyed with a spritz of kalamansi for an added touch of acidity that melds with salty flavors.

Since Kuya J’s humble beginnings as a Cebu eatery, where it was formally known as “Kanan-an ni Kuya”, it has grown to include 108 restaurants nationwide. Now, everyone can enjoy a taste of Filipino comfort food at Kuya J with their excellent customer service, innovative desserts and old-time favorite dishes.


For more information on Kuya J’s Duo Halo-halo Espesyal and new offerings, visit their website at


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