The night before Christmas is definitely on every Filipino’s calendar: this is the night when comfort food meets glamour and feasting is free of judgment. Who doesn’t love noche buena? Here is a round-up of homemade Filipino favorites (because nothing beats homemade!) for your family’s noche buena spread.
Have a quick side dish ready for in-between-meals munching and to accompany your tasty mains. This chicken macaroni salad recipe is a favorite that you will see on many homemade holiday spreads.
Here’s a quick hack for a majestic noche buena centerpice: buy store-bought ham, then glaze it yourself! This glaze recipe for roast ham only needs three ingredients.
Beef morcon is a Filipino-style beef roll stuffed with hard-boiled eggs, pickles, and chorizo. If you see it on a table, that probably means there’s a party going on.
Every noche buena spread needs a star on the table: make this roast beef recipe your go-to for your Christmas party. This easy-to-follow recipe also has tips on how to keep this dish budget-friendly.
Queso de Bola, or edam cheese, is a Christmastime staple in Philippine households. Put all that cheese to good use and whip up and delicious lasagna!
Bibingka is a rice cake that is traditionally cooked over coals, in banana leaves, and in a very hot clay oven. Top your bibingka with large knobs of butter, shaved fresh coconut, salted egg slices or itlog na maalat, and a small sprinkle of sugar.
End your indulgent Noche Buena with an extra-indulgent dessert: leche flan! This soft, rich, and smooth custard dessert is a must for the holidays.