A Sweet Taste of the Philippines in Koreatown

DEALS & DISCOUNTS--Inspired by my recent visit to Manila, I was on the quest to indulge in my favorite Filipino dish again in Los Angeles. Leelin Bakery’s authentic halo-halo was worth breaking my New Years Resolution of eating healthy. 

Halo-halo, "mix-mix" in Tagalog, is a concoction of various sweets, crushed ice and evaporated milk. Some basic sweet ingredients include palm fruit, kidney beans, chickpeas, jellies, coconut, jackfruit, purple yams (ube), and any other ingredient the chef is inspired to put in. Layered between the sweets is freshly fine shaven ice engorged with condensed milk or coconut milk. You do the honors yourself of blending all the ingredients together with your spoon. 

Leelin Bakery in Koreatown has a delicious version of halo-halo for $5.49 for an 18 oz. serving which was more than enough to fill up both my son, “anak,” John (pictured above) and me. I don’t think we could have handled a larger portion at other local restaurants, such as B Bakery for $8 and LA Rose Café for $10. 

Also, a visit to the Leelin Bakery gave me a great opportunity to pick up other Filipino favorites, anything made with ube. There are so many ube items to choose from like ube sponge cake, brioche with ube and coconut, ube bread loaf, ube hopia, ube ice cream and rice crispies. Not only did I come home with delicious halo-halo, a bag load of ube pastries, I also ordered a mango cake for an upcoming celebration. Also, I really appreciate how they have all their products conveniently pre-packaged for freshness “to-go”. 

With Southern California a major hub of Filipino immigrants and Filipino-Americans, there are six family-owned Leelin Bakery and Café locations for the past 40 years taking over the once popular Goldilocks’. The headquarters and factory is in Santa Fe Springs, with retail bakery/cafes in Cerritos, Eagle Rock, Panorama City, North Hills, Koreatown, and West Covina. 

Celebrate 2017 with the Filipino favorite of halo-halo, and may it bring sweetness to your new year! 





209 S. Vermont Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90004 

Eagle Rock

2700 Colorado Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90041 

Panorama City

8340 Van Nuys Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 91402 

North Hills

16130 Nordhoff Street

Los Angeles, CA 91343 


11489 S Street

Cerritos, CA 90703 

West Covina

2429 S. Azusa Avenue

Covina, CA 91792


(Sue Helmy has plenty of tricks up her sleeve. She is currently providing superb administrative services at a financial management firm in Century City. She is active in countless church and civic organizations and spends every minute she can spare dancing to the Zumba beat.)