We Made Noche Buena Menus That Start at P2,500 + A Shopping List!

These menus guarantee a feast without going over your budget.

IMAGE Miguel Nacianceno

There’s a perfect Noche Buena for everyone, no matter what you’re craving or how much your budget. We’ve put together three delicious options for you to choose from and each has our tried and tested recipes, plus a detailed grocery list you can print out (the dishes are good for 4 people). 

With this plan in hand, you can set aside your budget as early as now for a Christmas night to remember. Bookmark this page before you forget!

1 All-Filipino Noche Buena for Less Than P2,500

This isn’t just a selection of Filipino dishes—these are the dishes you can’t eat every day but wind up thinking about throughout the next year. You don’t need a fortune for something unforgettably tasty.

Photo by Patrick Martires

Squid Ink Pancit Bihon Recipe

You can have normal pancit any time of the year, but this pancit recipe, rich with delicious squid ink, pushes it to the top.

This Spanish-inspired squid ink pancit recipe tastes of the ocean!

This fried chicken recipe is buttered and served with a butter gravy, too.
Photo by Bianca Laxamana

Pinoy-Style Butter Chicken Recipe 

This no-fail fried chicken recipe is sure to be a hit. Who doesn't love good fried chicken? 

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You know you're Pinoy when you eat even the most buttery fried chicken with lots and lots of gravy.

Photo by Patrick Martires

Filipino Kare-Kare Recipe

Kare-Kare is one of those difficult, effort-laden dishes that, when done well, is well worth the effort.

Kare-kare is a peanut-based beef stew and a Filipino favorite.

Humba is a pork dish in a soy sauce-based sauce that's sweetened.
Photo by Karishma Etong

Humba

You’ll love this sweet and savory dish: not only does it taste great, but it’s good for your wallet, too. Did you know that pork knuckles are ridiculously affordable?

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This pata recipe is delicious! It marries sweet and savory all in one bite.

Photo by Bianca Laxamana

Queso De Bola Cheesecake Recipe

Cap off the night with a classic dessert with a Filipino twist. Use part of your staple Queso de Bola stash to make this unique, scrumptious cheesecake for dessert.

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All-Filipino Noche Buena Grocery List for P2,447+

  • White onion (250 g), P22.50
  • Garlic (250 g), P26.25
  • Red onion (250 g), P36
  • Carrots (250 g), P33
  • Celery   (250 g), P60
  • Cabbage (500 g), P72
  • Green onion (35 g), P19.35
  • Calamansi (250 g), P30
  • Chili/Siling Labuyo (250 g), P176.50
  • Eggplants (250 g), P36
  • Pechay (500 g), P48
  • Squid (250 g), P109.50
  • Tripe (250 g), P47.50
  • Beef shanks (500 g), P163.50
  • Pork knuckles (1000 g), P92
  • Bihon (500 g), P33
  • Garlic powder (30 g), P20.15
  • Onion powder (30 g), P22
  • Oregano (10 g), P18
  • Annatto Seeds (40 g), P28.75
  • Peppercorns (50 g), P37
  • Wood-ear mushrooms (20 g), P19.80
  • Banana blossoms (40 g), P21.50
  • Bagoong (250 g), P71
  • Peanuts (250 g), P64.75
  • Broth cubes (2 pcs), P13.65
  • Large eggs (6 pcs), P54.50
  • Butter (2 225-g bars), P195
  • Fresh milk (250 ml), P20.75
  • Cream cheese (3 227-g blocks), P372.75
  • Queso de bola (350 g), P215
  • All-purpose flour (500 g), P41.75
  • Baking powder  (50 g), P12.25
  • Crushed graham crackers (200 g), P35.50
  • Cashews (120 g), P134.50
  • Rice flour (500 g), P42.50

2 Classic Noche Buena for Less Than P3,000

If you’re looking for a traditional Noche Buena feast that has all the Christmas staples, then this meal plan is just for you! Go classic with ham, queso de bola, and other homey classics but made even tastier.

Photo by Riell Santos

Meatball Spaghetti

Every Noche Buena spread deserves a platter of pasta, right? Go classic with the spaghetti and meatball combo this year with this pasta recipe. Use Christmas staple Queso de Bola instead of Parmesan for a simple Pinoy twist on this Italian classic.  

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This meatball pasta recipe will surely have pasta-lovers asking for seconds.

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Potato Salad with Nachos Recipe

The popular potato salad side dish is given a crunchy twist with crushed nachos. It makes a world of difference in both taste and texture.

Add some crunch to your basic potato salad recipe!

Photo by Miguel Nacianceno

Southern-Style Fried Chicken

Fried chicken is so good that we can eat all year and still love it by Christmas. Fried chicken is love. 

Chicken tip: Marinating the chicken pieces in buttermilk or yogurt is the key to juicy fried chicken.

Photo by Miguel Nacianceno

Sweet Ham with Pineapple Sauce Recipe

Treat your holiday ham with the sweet loving it deserves with a classic sauce made with pineapples. What Noche Buena spread can be without it?

The touch of sweetness in this ham complements the tangy compote.

Photo by Patrick Martires

Fruit Salad Refrigerator Cake Recipe

You can make this easy and delicious cake in advance to give you some me-time for a more stress-free holiday!

Use fruit salad to make a no-bake refrigerator cake!

Classic Noche Buena Grocery List Worth P2,892+

  • Fresh milk (250 ml), P20.75
  • Spaghetti noodles (450 g), P31.50
  • Olive oil (450 g), P266.40
  • Crushed tomatoes (400 g), P41
  • Oregano (10 g), P18
  • Ground pork (250 g), P49.75
  • Ground beef (250 g), P73.75
  • Queso de bola (350 g), P215
  • Parsley (40 g), P18
  • Cloves (27 g), P93
  • Yogurt (250 g), P66
  • Fried chicken seasoning (25 g), P47.05
  • Fried chicken parts (500 g), P75
  • Apricot jam (340 g), P199.95
  • Pear-shaped ham (800 g), P205
  • Pasensya or Eggnog cookies (130 g), P24.50
  • Gulaman powder (90 g), P53.55
  • Fruit cocktail (822 g), P69.75
  • Maraschino cherries (280 g), P118.50
  • Nata de coco (340 g), P43.75
  • Kaong (340 g), P62.75
  • Cream cheese (227 g), P124.25
  • Garlic (400 g), P42
  • Large eggs (6), P 54.50
  • Icing Sugar (250 g), P35
  • Breadcrumbs (500 g), p79
  • White onion (250 g), P22.50
  • Basil (40 g), P16
  • Butter (100 g), P43
  • All-purpose flour (500 g), P41.75
  • All-purpose cream (250 g), P55
  • Vanilla flavor (30 g), P43.25
  • Potatoes (750 g), P135
  • Cheese spread  (220 g), P80.25
  • Mayonnaise (80 g), P28.80
  • Salsa (453 g), P160.50
  • Sweet corn (425 g), P12.75
  • Black beans (100 g), P56
  • Corn chips (150 g), P56
  • Cilantro (20 g), P13.50

3 Grand Noche Buena Spread for Less than P4,000

When else can we have enough motivation and time to make these supremely delicious dishes? Make best of the Christmas season by using it as an excuse to cook your very favorites, even if it will cost you a little more than you would normally spend.

Lengua with Three-Mushroom Sauce Recipe

The tender lengua’s umami is given life by a variety of mushrooms. It's a classic dish that's deceptively intimidating. 

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Tender ox tongue in a medley of oyster, shiitake, and button mushrooms simmered with sage, cream, and chicken stock.

Photo by Patrick Martires

Chicken Bolognese Lasagna Recipe

It’s got two of your Christmas spread’s requirements: chicken and pasta! Everybody’s going to dig into this dish.

Make a lasagna with chicken!

Photo by Majoy Siason

Lechon Macau Recipe

Yes, you can have perfect, flavorful lechon Macau that’s doable at home. It's perfect to cook this Christmas to serve to family and friends without needing to go out.

Crispy pork belly is made tastier, juicier in this Chinese-style version of our lechon kawali.

Photo by Lilen Uy

Chocolate Tablea Torte 

Tablea is a must at every Pinoy Christmas, so we can’t pass up the chance to have it this season! Why not have it in a delicious, fun way as part of this dessert?

This recipe uses the local tablea and makes for fun flavors and textures in this dessert, ending your holiday party on the sweetest note!

3 Grand Noche Buena Grocery List Worth P3,645+

  • Ox tongue (500 g), P249.50
  • Butter (225 g), P97.50
  • White onion (250 g), P22.50
  • Garlic (250 g), P26.25
  • Shiitake (284 g), P38.75
  • Button mushrooms (198 g), P36
  • White button mushrooms (125 g), P110
  • Oyster mushrooms (50 g), P42
  • All-purpose cream (500g), P110
  • Broth cubes (2 pcs), P13.65
  • Liquid seasoning (130 ml), P43
  • Sage (10 g), P54.75
  • Brandy (350 ml), P46.50
  • Olive oil (250 g), P148
  • Zucchini (150 g), P27
  • Chicken breast (500 g), P84.50
  • Tomato pesto (130 g), P300
  • Diced tomatoes (800 g), P91
  • Basil (20 g), P8
  • Lasagna noodles (500 g), P127
  • Mozzarella cheese (490 g), P400
  • Pork belly (1000 g), P329
  • Ginger  (100 g), P16.40
  • Five spice powder (20 g), P8.80
  • Large eggs (12), P86
  • Brown sugar (1000 g), P58
  • Dutch-pressed cocoa powder (250 g), P106.50
  • Cashews (360 g), P403.50
  • Tablea (150 g), P105
  • Corn syrup (355 g), P80.95
  • Whipping cream (1000 ml), P374

Are you ready for Christmas? We are! You will be, too! All you’ve got to do is pick one of these, and you’re all set to have a memorable and delicious Noche Buena.

*Note that we’ve excluded staples such as patis, vinegar, soy sauce, white sugar, salt, pepper, and oil from the grocery lists.

**We substituted Parmesan for Queso de Bola to save you money and give your dishes an extra festive flair.

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