It’s that time of the year again! Perhaps the Philippines is the only country that starts the Christmas countdown starting in September. The Philippines has a great history of Christmas festivities and activities. It’s time for family to spend time with one another and set aside work. But what’s the best thing about Christmas? Yes, it’s the foods! With a wide array of foods on the table when Nocha Buena comes, you couldn’t ask for more. Take a look at the list of the all-time favorite Pinoy Christmas foods that everyone loves! If you don’t have at least three of these on your table, then your “Pinoy Christmas” won’t be complete.
The Best Pinoy Christmas Foods
1. Puto Bumbong and Bibingka
The essence if Pinoy Christmas would not be complete without puto bumbong and bibingka. Although some stores sell these two merienda delicacy all year round, it is not until the Christmas seasons that there’s a boom in terms of sales. Plus, your “Misa de Gallo” experience is better if you eat these two tasty foods after the mass.
2. Christmas Ham
Christmas ham is another must during Christmas season. These hams are cured so the flavor is infused within. A lot of local food manufacturers have their own style of Christmas ham, but one thing’s for sure. A Christmas ham at the table makes Noche Buena a lot better.
Lechon is considered as the “best pig ever” by popular travel show host and chef Anthony Bourdain. Lechon is always present in most household during Noche Buena, or at least during the Christmas season.
4. Macaroni Salad
Macaroni salad is a dish made with a combination of chicken strips, ham, macaroni, cheese, mayonnaise and pineapple. These are the basic ingredients but there are variations from one household to another. All you need to do is to mix all the ingredients then keep refrigerated. The taste if heavenly! It’s one of the all-time fave Christmas foods.
Grilled barbecue is another must during the Yuletide season. It’s a great bonding experience for cousins, too! It’s time to sample your grandmother’s secret barbecue marinade!
6. Christmas fruits
Of course, Christmas fruits must not be forgotten. Filipinos have their own reasons why they serve fruits during Noche Buena. Some believe that completing the 12 round fruits will bring good luck. But the best reason why fruits must be included on your table is to counter the effect of the fatty foods that you would likely enjoy.
7. Fruit salad
Fruit salad is likewise a must on the table. Preparation is easy. You need condensed milk, all-purpose cream, fruit cocktail and shredded coconut milk. Some household also add cheese and raisins for texture. Then, keep it refrigerated. It’s an absolute big hit, especially for kids.