From Traditional to Innovative — Filipino Food Ideas Perfect For Noche Buena

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Only a few days left, and we will be celebrating Christmas! We understand the struggle of thinking and choosing what food to prepare this holiday season so if you are still looking for ideas on what to prepare for the much-awaited Noche Buena, we have prepared the 4 best Filipino holiday food ideas, ranging from traditional to innovative ones. Yes, we certainly have you covered!

We Filipinos are known for a great appreciation and love for food. What’s not to like when you are offered with great sumptuous holiday meals? Plus, a good Filipino Christmas is always rooted in tradition. That is why the first Filipino holiday food idea are these famous bibingka and puto bumbong recipes.

Simbang Gabi has already started and there is no other perfect food after the glorious mass than bibingka and puto bumbong. The traditional known dessert is made up of glutinous rice, butter, and coconut milk. They only differ when it comes to the process on how it is made. This traditional sweet dessert is definitely a star in every Noche Buena.

Another traditional dish is the crispy lechon and the sweet taste of ham.

Nothing beats the crispy skin of lechon and the sweet glaze slice of ham. Some lechon meals are better if it is homemade, but there are stores around the metro that offers quality taste of lechon too.

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Maple & Orange Spiced Ham ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Last year many of you tried and tested this delicious recipe and the feedback I received was superb. Cooking a ham is a fantastic way of feeding a crowd, its beautifully festive and it is inexpensive compared to so many other ingredients. There are many ways in which to cook a ham, I chose the slow roasting technique in sealed foil to keep the moisture in. Then a quick blast of heat without the foil which created a sticky caramelised glaze. Delicious! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ INGREDIENTS ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 3.5kg gammon joint – check to see if it needs to be soaked in cold water to release the salt. 2 clementines 2 star anise 2 tablespoons cloves 5 tablespoons maple syrup ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ METHOD ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Coat the gammon in 3 tablespoons of the maple syrup and the juice of 2 clementines. Throw in what’s left of the clementines as well as the star anise. Cover with foil and cook for 4 hours at 140 degrees. Remove the foil and at this stage carefully remove the rind with a sharp knife leaving a good amount of fat. Score a diamanté grid onto the fat and add cloves to each cross. Baste with the juices and add the rest of the maple syrup. Turn up the heat to 180 degrees and cook for another 30 minutes, checking after 15 minutes as the glaze can burn very easily. Cook until golden. Remove from the oven to rest for 25 minutes. Reserve the juices and spoon over the ham. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #ham #christmasideas #feedacrowd #cook #roastham #gammon #christmasham #christmasfood #foodie #party #christmasparty #countdowntochristmas #festive #fun #eat #lunch #dinner #partyfood #glazedham

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You can also level up your traditional pancit into squid ink pancit bihon. Make your ordinary pancit a unique one just by adding squid’s blood to make the color of the pancit noodles black. After that, put a lot of toppings and voila, another masterpiece ready for the feast!

And if you are tired and bored of the usual Queso de Bola with ham, why not try to make it from a savory to a sweet dessert, the Queso De Bola Cheesecake. End your Noche Buena feast with a twist by adding queso de bola as your main ingredient in making a cheesecake.

There you have it everyone, enjoy your Noche Buena with these traditional and innovative holiday food ideas! Merry Christmas!


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