Christmas is the most anticipated holiday of the year for most of the Filipinos. It is the time of the year when our family, relatives and friends gather together to celebrate the Nativity of Jesus. The "Christmas Eve" (Bisperas ng Pasko) tradition will never be complete without the sumptuous Christmas dinner, known as Noche Buena in Spanish (meaning "Good Night" or "Holy Night"), usually served after the Midnight Mass. 




Noche Buena Food Ideas! The Filipino Way!
Christmas is best spent with your family! Cute portrayal of a family having their Noche Buena.
Source: http://frantasticlife.wordpress.com/2011/12/24/happy-noche-buena/

We, Filipinos are known to be food lovers! Despite the numerous recipes we know, the traditional Christmas food still remains our favorite during the Holidays. Here are the Filipino Christmas food favorites that usually find their way to our Noche Buena table. So prepare your pens. This will help you fill-up and complete your menu.

"Tis' the season to be chubby"!!! Enjoy! :)


NOCHE BUENA CENTERPIECES




Noche Buena Food Ideas! The Filipino Way!
Queso de Bola
Source: davaocitybybattad.blogspot.com
A ball-shaped Edam Cheese coated with red paraffin wax. Hello to all cheese-lovers out there! :)



Noche Buena Food Ideas! The Filipino Way!
Hamon
It's a sweet-cured ham. Hams never tasted this good when it's not Christmas. LOL



BIBINGKA AND PUTO BUMBONG



Noche Buena Food Ideas! The Filipino Way!
Bibingka
Source: panlasangpinoy.com
Noche Buena Food Ideas! The Filipino Way!
Puto Bumbong

It's been a Filipino tradition to buy and eat Bibingka or Puto Bumbong after attending the Simbang gabi. Stalls usually located outside the churches.



MAIN COURSE



Noche Buena Food Ideas! The Filipino Way!
Lechon
Source: www.philstar.com
They call it the "Star of the Noche Buena"! :))



Noche Buena Food Ideas! The Filipino Way!
Paella
Source: www.thefreshloaf.com
A rice dish that originated in Spain. Feliz Navidad!


Noche Buena Food Ideas! The Filipino Way!
Embutido
Philippines' version of the meatloaf. It can be eaten either when it's hot or cold.


Noche Buena Food Ideas! The Filipino Way!
Morcon
Source: www.gastronomybyjoy.com
A special meat roll dish usually served during Holidays or any special occasion. People often mistaken this as an Embutido with sauce. This is my favorite!



Noche Buena Food Ideas! The Filipino Way!
Lengua Estofado
Source: christmaspinoyfood.blogspot.com
It is a stewed ox tongue cooked in tomato sauce then served with fried potatoes. So delicious! :)


DESSERTS




Noche Buena Food Ideas! The Filipino Way!
Fruit Salad
Source: www.yummy.ph
Who would ever forget to include the fruit salad on the list?



Noche Buena Food Ideas! The Filipino Way!
Macaroni Salad
Source: angsarap.net
It is usually made with macaroni noodles, mayonnaise, condensed milk and all-purpose cream.



Noche Buena Food Ideas! The Filipino Way!
Leche Flan
Source: sentinelle-diaries.blogspot.com
The most requested dessert! Yum yum yum!



Noche Buena Food Ideas! The Filipino Way!
Crema de Fruta
Source: foods-delight.blogspot.com
Another popular dessert during the Holidays! It usually consist of sponge cake topped in succeeding layers of custard cream, fruits and gelatin.


OTHERS


Noche Buena Food Ideas! The Filipino Way!
Kastanyas 
These are roasted Chestnuts. Munching on Kastanyas during the Christmas season is an influence of the Spaniards and Americans. Chestnuts roasting on an open fire... la la la (The Christmas Song)



Noche Buena Food Ideas! The Filipino Way!
Hot Chocolate
Source:www.burntlumpiablog.com
Hot chocolate made from cacao or tablea! 


Have a merry merry Christmas to all of you!


[ Check out our New Year's Food Suggestion here ]


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