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10 Sweet and Vibrant Ube Desserts to Eat In Houston Right Now

From milkshakes to pastries, this bright purple starch makes everything better

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A bowl of halo halo at Flip n’ Patties
| Photo by Christina Autry/EHOU

Over the past year, ube has emerged as a trendy dessert ingredient that’s popped up in everything from ice cream to pastries. The vibrant purple yam has long been used as an ingredient in desserts in the Philippines, where it grows natively. It’s an essential ingredient in halo halo, an iconic Filipino dessert that involves shaved ice, sweet beans, and plenty of ube.

Outside of halo halo, though, there are plenty of Houston dessert spots that are mixing this brightly-colored, slightly-sweet starch into ice cream, milkshakes, and so much more. Use this map as a guide to the city’s best ube desserts, and don’t forget to snap a photo for the ‘gram before devouring them.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Flip 'n Patties

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1809 Eldridge Pkwy
Houston, TX 77077
(832) 243-5061
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Quite frankly, the wooden bowls that hold the halo halo at Flip n’ Patties make it easier to “mix mix,” the Tagalog meaning of “halo halo,” than the typical cup. Flan and the generous drizzle of sweetened condensed milk rival one another for the creamiest parts of this classic Filipino concoction, while ube and vanilla ice cream scoops melt among jellies, jack fruit, sweet beans, and shaved ice.

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2. Tuk Tuk Crab

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6128 Wilcrest Dr
Houston, TX 77072

Look for the tuk tuk (or motorized rickshaw) outside Tuk Tuk Crab, where a Filipino feast awaits. After devouring the restaurant’s killer curried crab, finish dinner with a tall cup of icy halo halo. This traditional Filipino dessert is packed with jellies, crushed ice, sweet beans, and jackfruit, then topped off with a piece of creamy flan and a scope of vibrant ube ice cream.

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3. Boba & CREAM

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9630 Clarewood Dr a8
Houston, TX 77036
(832) 740-4449

Satisfy any sweet tooth with a warm doughnut stuffed with creamy, sweet ube ice cream at this popular shop. Have plenty of napkins on hand, because this delicious purple combination of deep-fried dough and ice cream can be a bit messy.

4. Red Circle Ice Cream

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6838 Ranchester Dr
Houston, TX 77036
(832) 767-5679
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At this kooky sweet shop, creamy ube ice cream can be tucked into Hong Kong-style bubble waffles, served in a cup with a looped churro, or garnished with everything from sour gummy worms to sugary cereals. Get creative

5. To Go Cafe

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14498 Bellaire Blvd
Houston, TX 77083
(281) 530-8646
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Nestled inside an H.E.B. grocery store on Bellaire, To Go Café’s Filipino fare is perfect after a shopping trip. Order a ton of freshly-grilled pork skewers, then indulge that sweet tooth with an addictively sweet ube milkshake, or perhaps a cup of halo halo topped with ube, Fruity Pebbles cereal, and flan.

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6. Twisted Love

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9889 Bellaire Blvd E #205
Houston, TX 77036
(832) 740-4049
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It’s hard to resist the aesthetic allure of one of Chinatown’s newest soft-serve shops. Colorful swirls of creamy ube, watermelon, matcha, and more — the flavors rotate frequently — are on offer, each waiting to be tucked into a cone and Instagrammed.

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7. Zero Degrees

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10603 Bellaire Blvd Suite B101
Houston, TX 77072
(281) 741-2198
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Zero Degrees offers an ube milkshake larger than would be recommended for one human being to consume, and this sweeter-than-sweet concoction can be served in a Mason jar or plain ol’ cup. For an even bigger punch of sugar, a rainbow sour belt, toasted marshmallow, and sprinkles serve as a decidedly photogenic garnish.

8. Mango Mango Dessert

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10603 Bellaire Blvd b105
Houston, TX 77072
(832) 477-0006
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While ube desserts are typically served cold, the ube soup at Mango Mango is served warm. It’s much like a freshly-made pudding, with chewy mochi balls in the center.

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9. Six Ping Bakery 六品

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Dun Huang Plaza, 9889 Bellaire Blvd #D246
Houston, TX 77036
(713) 774-0325
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Chinese bakery chain Six Ping’s sweet and savory pastries are as charming as they are delicious. One of the most delectable options here is the ube-taro cake, a vanilla sweet that’s topped with light and fluffy ube and taro icing.

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10. Red Ribbon Bakeshop

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8001 S Main St
Houston, TX 77025
(713) 218-8500
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Red Ribbon Bakeshop, owned by the popular Jollibee Foods Corporation, got its start in 1979 in the Philippines. Stopping by the Houston location will reward sugar junkies with a slice of “Ube Overload” cake: an entirely purple treat topped with whipped white frosting. End your food adventure with a necessary stop at the next-door Jollibee for crispy-crunchy fried chicken.  

1. Flip 'n Patties

1809 Eldridge Pkwy, Houston, TX 77077
Christina Autry/EHOU

Quite frankly, the wooden bowls that hold the halo halo at Flip n’ Patties make it easier to “mix mix,” the Tagalog meaning of “halo halo,” than the typical cup. Flan and the generous drizzle of sweetened condensed milk rival one another for the creamiest parts of this classic Filipino concoction, while ube and vanilla ice cream scoops melt among jellies, jack fruit, sweet beans, and shaved ice.

1809 Eldridge Pkwy
Houston, TX 77077

2. Tuk Tuk Crab

6128 Wilcrest Dr, Houston, TX 77072
Christina Autry/Eater

Look for the tuk tuk (or motorized rickshaw) outside Tuk Tuk Crab, where a Filipino feast awaits. After devouring the restaurant’s killer curried crab, finish dinner with a tall cup of icy halo halo. This traditional Filipino dessert is packed with jellies, crushed ice, sweet beans, and jackfruit, then topped off with a piece of creamy flan and a scope of vibrant ube ice cream.

6128 Wilcrest Dr
Houston, TX 77072

3. Boba & CREAM

9630 Clarewood Dr a8, Houston, TX 77036

Satisfy any sweet tooth with a warm doughnut stuffed with creamy, sweet ube ice cream at this popular shop. Have plenty of napkins on hand, because this delicious purple combination of deep-fried dough and ice cream can be a bit messy.

9630 Clarewood Dr a8
Houston, TX 77036

4. Red Circle Ice Cream

6838 Ranchester Dr, Houston, TX 77036

At this kooky sweet shop, creamy ube ice cream can be tucked into Hong Kong-style bubble waffles, served in a cup with a looped churro, or garnished with everything from sour gummy worms to sugary cereals. Get creative

6838 Ranchester Dr
Houston, TX 77036

5. To Go Cafe

14498 Bellaire Blvd, Houston, TX 77083
Christina Autry/EHOU

Nestled inside an H.E.B. grocery store on Bellaire, To Go Café’s Filipino fare is perfect after a shopping trip. Order a ton of freshly-grilled pork skewers, then indulge that sweet tooth with an addictively sweet ube milkshake, or perhaps a cup of halo halo topped with ube, Fruity Pebbles cereal, and flan.

14498 Bellaire Blvd
Houston, TX 77083

6. Twisted Love

9889 Bellaire Blvd E #205, Houston, TX 77036
Christina Autry/EHOU

It’s hard to resist the aesthetic allure of one of Chinatown’s newest soft-serve shops. Colorful swirls of creamy ube, watermelon, matcha, and more — the flavors rotate frequently — are on offer, each waiting to be tucked into a cone and Instagrammed.

9889 Bellaire Blvd E #205
Houston, TX 77036

7. Zero Degrees

10603 Bellaire Blvd Suite B101, Houston, TX 77072

Zero Degrees offers an ube milkshake larger than would be recommended for one human being to consume, and this sweeter-than-sweet concoction can be served in a Mason jar or plain ol’ cup. For an even bigger punch of sugar, a rainbow sour belt, toasted marshmallow, and sprinkles serve as a decidedly photogenic garnish.

10603 Bellaire Blvd Suite B101
Houston, TX 77072

8. Mango Mango Dessert

10603 Bellaire Blvd b105, Houston, TX 77072
Christina Autry/EHOU

While ube desserts are typically served cold, the ube soup at Mango Mango is served warm. It’s much like a freshly-made pudding, with chewy mochi balls in the center.

10603 Bellaire Blvd b105
Houston, TX 77072

9. Six Ping Bakery 六品

Dun Huang Plaza, 9889 Bellaire Blvd #D246, Houston, TX 77036
Christina Autry/EHOU

Chinese bakery chain Six Ping’s sweet and savory pastries are as charming as they are delicious. One of the most delectable options here is the ube-taro cake, a vanilla sweet that’s topped with light and fluffy ube and taro icing.

Dun Huang Plaza, 9889 Bellaire Blvd #D246
Houston, TX 77036

10. Red Ribbon Bakeshop

8001 S Main St, Houston, TX 77025

Red Ribbon Bakeshop, owned by the popular Jollibee Foods Corporation, got its start in 1979 in the Philippines. Stopping by the Houston location will reward sugar junkies with a slice of “Ube Overload” cake: an entirely purple treat topped with whipped white frosting. End your food adventure with a necessary stop at the next-door Jollibee for crispy-crunchy fried chicken.  

8001 S Main St
Houston, TX 77025

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