Christmas is once again just around the corner, which means our tummies will be filled with food and drinks from family gatherings, reunions and Christmas parties. And while you are still deciding on the food and delicacies to bring in your dining table, we’ve got these tried-and-tested options that you can consider.
Ready your bellies because we’ll give you the most sumptuous Noche Buena food that you’ll surely enjoy this Holiday season!
No doubt the lechon is considered as the “grandest of them all” in every Christmas celebration. Usually, it is respectfully placed on the center of the Noche Buena table in a very mouth-watering fashion. It is only right to be ranked as the top because this slow-roasted pig is packed with a flavor that will definitely take you to taste bud heaven.
This dish brings out the regal essence in one’s festive occasion. The Holiday ham is a must-have addition because of the timeliness it brings to the table. The pineapple glaze is not only a great aesthetic combination but it also balances the strong flavor of the pork.
Pinoy Sweet Spaghetti
The famous routine dish that is found in almost every Filipino celebration. The Pinoy spaghetti veers away from its other salt-oriented version by adding sugar in the ingredients, hence the sweet flavor. Cheese, ground beef or pork, and tomato sauce are the components that make up this nostalgic treat.
Bibingka and Puto Bumbong
Simbang Gabi is usually where this dynamic duo is found. As a Filipino tradition, people giddily gather outside after mass to indulge to the warm welcoming whiff of these festive delicacies. Aside from church vicinities, this combo can always be indulged in one’s household.
Looking for Pinoy desserts? Why not salads? During Filipino feasts like Noche Buena, we usually see salads as desserts. These are mainly composed of fruit cocktails, nata de coco, kaong, buko, homemade gelatins, and made by sweeter by cream and condensed milk.
Quezo De Bola
Every Ber-month, this red ball of happiness pops out of supermarkets and your local food stores. Cheese lovers never miss the opportunity to place the Quezo De Bola on the Noche Buena table. For certain families, this cheese is not even eaten during the celebration but it doesn’t really matter because just seeing it makes the place really feel like Christmas. Sliced, diced or served whole, the Quezon De Bola can be mixed in with the many dishes of the holiday season.
Christmas Hot Chocolate
What better way to unwind by sipping hot chocolate during the cold season of Christmas. This drink is great to serve during family gatherings or barkada night-outs as you celebrate the day with long talks over the warm embrace of hot chocolate. This drink gives every Filipino a great affectionate feeling while adding a flavorful experience.
Leche flan is a favourite and popular dessert in the Philippines. It is sweet and rich and similar to a cream caramel. It’s a must during Christmas, New Years, and fiestas.
Like any other popular dish, there are many variations. But the classic recipe only calls for egg yolk, sugar, evaporated milk, condensed milk, and citrus flavourings.
The Noche Buena will always be a solid annual Filipino celebration. What better way to spend the holidays than by spoiling your gastronomic desires with the abundance of flavor every Noche Buena dish has catered for you? Not only this, but the warm gathering of your relatives and friends is enough to keep the place lit with Christmas magic. Can’t wait for the big night? Well, it’s time to roll up your sleeves and get ready to brush up on some holiday cooking!