Make The Best Noche Buena Feast With These Recipes

Your noche buena should be full of classic Christmas food!

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A classic Noche Buena menu is a table full of Christmas food. It usually contains dishes that are family secret recipes, new dishes that add something new to the table, and food gifts from guests who wish to contribute to the spread.      

If you are looking to make a more traditional menu for this year's Christmas dinner, this menu is a great way to keep things classy and delicious.   

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1 Salad: Ensaladang Mangga Recipe 

This can be a simple dish that's served with your main but it can also be a dish on its own. This is normally green mangoes tossed with bagoong but it can be made better and more appetizing and hearty. Make it even more delicious with crispy bits of hito or catfish on top for that Asian flair, tossed with fruits for a refreshing touch, or made with lato or sea grapes for fun pops of sea saltiness in every bite. 

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2 Soup: Chicken Molo Recipe  

Molo soup is comfort food in a hot bowl: homemade broth, lots of veggies and aromatics, and dumplings filled with both pork and chicken. The little meaty packets are hearty and the soup fulfilling. 

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3 Main: Christmas Hamoncito Recipes 

If you have not yet ordered a ham or are not buying a premade ham from the supermarket, you might want to have a ham-like main course to serve in place of that classic Christmas buffet item. This pork belly that's been rolled and tied up is simmered in a mixture of orange and pineapple juices seasoned until super flavorful to create a fantastic sauce. 

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4 Main: Roast Pork or Lechon Recipes 

If you're not keen on making a ham-like main dish and a crispy pork dish is what you want, these rolled pork recipes are perfect for your holiday table. These roast pork recipes will have everyone eager to get dinner started. 

Make it a lechon to remember by stuffing herbs and spices in the pork or brining the meat so it's succulent through to the center. 

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5 Main: Pinoy Pork Barbecue Recipes 

What party is without this staple dish? Try these recipes and double the amount of marinade so you can double up on the sticky sauce that you brush on the pork slices. Each skewer should be coated to the point that the sauce might drip down onto your plate.        

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6 Pasta: Pinoy Spaghetti Recipes

Are you a sweet style, cheesy, or creamy spaghetti fan? You may love the classic Pinoy-style spaghetti way or you might prefer it when it's loaded with lots of cheese. You might not like the tomato spaghetti sauce and prefer it when it's a white sauce with lots of bacon bits. Make it your way so you can enjoy your pasta course.         

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7 Seafood: Rellenong Bangus Recipes 

If you're getting tired of having chicken, the alternative is fish. These rellenong bangus or stuffed whole fish recipes can take the place of your usual rellenong manok or chicken galantina course. The process is similar to what you would need to do to the chicken version and it's just as flavorful and meaty. Plus, this gives those who are also tired of chicken to have an option that's familiar but different. 

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8 Dessert: Fruit Salad Recipes  

Fruit salad is just as classic to Noche Buena as the Christmas ham. This fruit dessert can be as simple as mixing three ingredients together or tweaked to be more delicious with additional ingredients. Make it different by adding buko or coconut strands to the fruit mix, make it into a beverage that you can also eat, or swap out the all-purpose cream for something lighter. 

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Thinking about what to cook next? Join our Facebook group, Yummy Pinoy Cooking Club, to get more recipe ideas, share your own dishes, and find out what the rest of the community are making and eating!

Got your own version of the classic dishes? Pa-share naman! Get your recipe published on Yummy.ph by submitting your recipe here!


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