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A bowl of halo halo at Flip n’ Patties
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8 Sweet and Vibrant Ube Desserts to Eat in Houston Right Now

The eye-catching purple yam serves as an excellent base for tasty — and Instagrammable — desserts

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A bowl of halo halo at Flip n’ Patties
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Ube, pronounced “ooh-bay,” is taking over Instagram feeds everywhere. The vividly purple yam boasts a subtle sweet flavor and stunning appearance, especially when baked into cakes or mixed into sweet soft-serve.

More commonly found in Asian desserts — ube halaya, a jam-like filling, is used in many Filipino offerings — ube is becoming more and more prominent on Houston dessert shops of all kinds.

Whether it’s a bright purple swirl of ice-cream, a cream-filled macaron or a whimsical cake unmasking layer after purple layer, there are a number of ways to indulge wholly with ube.

Craving traditional halo-halo with scoops of sweet ube ice cream? Or perhaps something more inventive, like a dessert soufflé? These 8 ube-infused desserts are a must for anyone obsessed with this sweet purple yam.

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Flip 'n Patties

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This beloved destination for Filipino street eats boasts a lengthy menu of favorites like pecan-smoked pork skewers, garlic rice, and chopped longanisa wraps, but don’t fill up before sampling its sweet ube ice cream. The halo-halo, a popular Filipino dessert, incorporates sweet ube and vanilla ice-cream in a decadent mess of shaved ice, flan, jackfruit, coconut jellies and sweet red beans for a truly epic dessert. For something simpler, go with the ice cream burger, in which ube and vanilla ice cream is drizzled with condensed milk and sandwiched between a freshly toasted sesame bun.

Red Ribbon

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Red Ribbon Bakery was born from a home baker’s hobby in the Philippines and is now a premier destination for ube desserts across the United States. Houston is home to one of its many locations, allowing locals to order decadences like the ube overload cake, a bright purple chiffon cake layered with ube halaya; an ube coconut roll dusted with coconut flakes; or a cheese-topped ube ensaimada.

Be More Pacific - Filipino Kitchen and Bar

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Be More Pacific’s collaboration with Austin favorite Amy’s ice-cream results in two hard-to-resist ube dessert choices. Ube ice cream, made exclusively for the restaurant by Amy’s, is the star in in the halo halo shaved ice, which is made with house-made ube halaya, coconut strips and jellies, red bean, leche flan and crispy toasted rice. Nostalgic for an ice-cream cone? Here, Amy’s varieties like ube or calamansi are swirled with ube jam for double the fun.   

Pinoy Gourmet

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It’s worth the trek to the ‘burbs for an honest Filipino meal at Pinoy Gourmet, and even more so for a refreshing taste of the halo halo. Here it is properly portioned with shaved ice, leche flan, bits of preserved tropical fruit and generously topped with ube ice-cream, adding a pop of vibrant purple color.

Mon Cheri Macarons

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Mon Cherie Macarons raises the bar among dessert boutiques with its vast array of colorful French macarons in imaginative flavors like Fruity Pebbles, maple bacon, and seasonal offerings like the Mardi Gras-themed king cake macaron. Here, the deep purple ube macaron, stuffed with a moist buttercream filling, is always available. Score a few for a snack or spring for an eye-catching macaron tower for a special occasion.

This top sushi destination in Memorial boasts a top notch dessert menu featuring items like coconut rice pudding and black sesame brownie with red bean ganache. For a sweet taste of ube, opt for the ube soufflé. The platter arrives with ube fries, a piece of ube candy, and a ramekin that reveals spoonful after spoonful of the one-of-a-kind pastry. Plan ahead — this dessert takes 30 minutes to prepare.

Red Circle Ice Cream

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With its rich purple hue, ube ice-cream provides a perfect Insta-moment every time, and that’s especially true when it’s paired with a sugar-crusted churro. At Red Circle Ice-Cream, find ube among interesting flavors like lychee strawberry, horchata and durian. In lieu of a simple scoop, opt for the Churro Daddy, ice-cream bedecked with an oversized churro halo, glazed with candy toppings or spiced with cinnamon sugar.

Twisted Love

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Located within the Dun Huang Plaza in Chinatown, Twisted Love is a destination for soft serve ice-cream cones incorporating Asian-inspired flavors, and ube is one of the most popular flavors on the menu. With its velvety texture and pretty purple color, the ube soft serve is a true treat and can be enhanced with candy garnishes and cookie crumble toppings.

Flip 'n Patties

This beloved destination for Filipino street eats boasts a lengthy menu of favorites like pecan-smoked pork skewers, garlic rice, and chopped longanisa wraps, but don’t fill up before sampling its sweet ube ice cream. The halo-halo, a popular Filipino dessert, incorporates sweet ube and vanilla ice-cream in a decadent mess of shaved ice, flan, jackfruit, coconut jellies and sweet red beans for a truly epic dessert. For something simpler, go with the ice cream burger, in which ube and vanilla ice cream is drizzled with condensed milk and sandwiched between a freshly toasted sesame bun.

Red Ribbon

Red Ribbon Bakery was born from a home baker’s hobby in the Philippines and is now a premier destination for ube desserts across the United States. Houston is home to one of its many locations, allowing locals to order decadences like the ube overload cake, a bright purple chiffon cake layered with ube halaya; an ube coconut roll dusted with coconut flakes; or a cheese-topped ube ensaimada.

Be More Pacific - Filipino Kitchen and Bar

Be More Pacific’s collaboration with Austin favorite Amy’s ice-cream results in two hard-to-resist ube dessert choices. Ube ice cream, made exclusively for the restaurant by Amy’s, is the star in in the halo halo shaved ice, which is made with house-made ube halaya, coconut strips and jellies, red bean, leche flan and crispy toasted rice. Nostalgic for an ice-cream cone? Here, Amy’s varieties like ube or calamansi are swirled with ube jam for double the fun.   

Pinoy Gourmet

It’s worth the trek to the ‘burbs for an honest Filipino meal at Pinoy Gourmet, and even more so for a refreshing taste of the halo halo. Here it is properly portioned with shaved ice, leche flan, bits of preserved tropical fruit and generously topped with ube ice-cream, adding a pop of vibrant purple color.

Mon Cheri Macarons

Mon Cherie Macarons raises the bar among dessert boutiques with its vast array of colorful French macarons in imaginative flavors like Fruity Pebbles, maple bacon, and seasonal offerings like the Mardi Gras-themed king cake macaron. Here, the deep purple ube macaron, stuffed with a moist buttercream filling, is always available. Score a few for a snack or spring for an eye-catching macaron tower for a special occasion.

Kuu

This top sushi destination in Memorial boasts a top notch dessert menu featuring items like coconut rice pudding and black sesame brownie with red bean ganache. For a sweet taste of ube, opt for the ube soufflé. The platter arrives with ube fries, a piece of ube candy, and a ramekin that reveals spoonful after spoonful of the one-of-a-kind pastry. Plan ahead — this dessert takes 30 minutes to prepare.

Red Circle Ice Cream

With its rich purple hue, ube ice-cream provides a perfect Insta-moment every time, and that’s especially true when it’s paired with a sugar-crusted churro. At Red Circle Ice-Cream, find ube among interesting flavors like lychee strawberry, horchata and durian. In lieu of a simple scoop, opt for the Churro Daddy, ice-cream bedecked with an oversized churro halo, glazed with candy toppings or spiced with cinnamon sugar.

Twisted Love

Located within the Dun Huang Plaza in Chinatown, Twisted Love is a destination for soft serve ice-cream cones incorporating Asian-inspired flavors, and ube is one of the most popular flavors on the menu. With its velvety texture and pretty purple color, the ube soft serve is a true treat and can be enhanced with candy garnishes and cookie crumble toppings.

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