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This is one of the most awaited celebrations every year. Noche Buena is the Spanish-term for Christmas Eve and a term being used by Spain, Latin America and Philippines. It is believed that this tradition has started during the 15th century. Noche Buena is being celebrated by most Filipinos on the evening of the 24th of December. The main reason as to why people gather on this joyous occasion is because of the great family bonding and, of course, the feast! Here is a list of the most requested, mouthwatering dishes for our Noche Buena this Christmas!
- Lechon Baboy (Roasted Pig)
This dish has always been a part of almost every celebration in Philippine History. This dish also took part in the history of Noche Buena. During the 15th century, Caribbean colonists hunted down pigs and roasted them whole as the family gathered for Christmas Eve. This certain tradition has been adopted by Filipinos because of the influence of Spanish colonization. Well of course, Lechon is still the Filipino favorite because of its crispy & tasty skin and juicy meat inside. I’ve heard that the best part are the ribs.
- Christmas Ham
Christmas Ham is another Filipino favorite. It is a must have dish on your table during Noche Buena. There are a lot of ways on how to cook this dish but the most common way of cooking this is by glazing it with honey. This dish is best partnered with Queso de Bola or Edam Cheese. A lot of stores this season offers free Queso de Bola every time you purchase grocery packages.
This dish is the all-time favorite of everyone in every party. Whenever you go to any celebration in the Philippines, expect that there will be a pan of meaty spaghetti on the table. Filipinos like Spaghetti in a curiously unique way. We like it sweet style. Filipinos are a big fan of sweet stuff that even on non-dessert dishes we add sweetness, literally.
- Beef Caldereta (Beef Stew)
A Filipino dish inspired by the Spanish cuisine. Originally, Caldereta is Goat Meat Stew, but not everyone eats goat meat. The most common way to cook this is by using beef, which is another variation of this dish. The word Caldereta originated from the Spanish word caldera which is translated as cauldron.
- Arroz Valenciana
A sticky rice dish which is originally a Latin American dish and is considered as a part of the Philippine cuisine. The dish is part glutinous rice and part regular rice with coconut milk, chicken, chorizo de bilbao, sliced hardboiled eggs, bell pepper, tomatoes and of course, spices. It looks similar with paella but is different in way of cooking and special ingredient. Arroz Valenciana is more of a stove-top cooking while Paella is more of baking. Paella also uses white wine for a more Spanish taste with a lot of seafood ingredients.
- Crispy Pata
Whenever you mention the name of this dish to any Filipino, you’ll always see a smile on their faces as they imagine the crunchiness of the skin and the tenderness of the meat inside. This dish originated in the 1950’s when Sixta Evangelista Ongpauco, the owner of Barrio Fiesta Eatery, now a famous restaurant with branches nationwide, and her son, Rodolfo Ongpauco discovered this very special dish. Rod was on his way home, bringing pork legs which were unused in lechon houses and started deep frying it at home. That is when this amazing discovery turned out to be one of the original Filipino dishes. This dish is best partnered with a vinegar-based sauce.
If you’re thinking right now that this dish originated in Italy, well you’re wrong. This dish originated in Ancient Greece and has an Italian-like taste because the Lasagna that we know nowadays has traditional Italian ingredients. Lasagna’s name was derived from the Greek word Laganon which is a flat sheet pasta dough sliced in strips. Originally, Lasagna are just layers of pasta strips and sauce. This dish has also been a part of the menu of Filipino families today and include it in celebrations and events.
- Buko Pandan
One of the most famous desserts in the Philippines which originated in Bohol. This dessert is a combination of grated fresh coconut and pandan leaves, mixed with gelatin, cream, condensed milk, sugar and pinipig.
- Crema de Fruta
This is one of the Noche Buena favorites and has always been on the table of most Filipinos on Christmas Eve. This dessert is made with sponge cake, layered with custard filling and topped with fruit cocktail and unflavored gelatin. Nowadays, there are a lot of ways on how to make this dessert, even ways to make it without baking it anymore.
These are some of the Noche Buena favorites of most Filipino and now is the right time to start preparing for YOUR Christmas Eve feast. BayanMall Online Shopping, the best online grocery shopping store in the Philippines offers its new Noche Buena Packages for as low as 999 pesos! You can choose from pre-arranged packages or you can even combine items with our Combo Packages with prices starting at 280 pesos only! We also offer the most-delicious Lechon Baboy this Christmas! So, what are you waiting for? ORDER NOW and avail of our 10% OFF when you purchase Noche Buena and Grocery Packages only until December 17, 2016.