NOCHE BUENA

This Is What You Can Do With Leftover Queso de Bola

Every crumb of cheese can be used to make something delicious.
There are always leftovers from the Noche Buena feast, so you know there's always something to eat again. Leftovers may have a bad reputation but we think it's nothing to be afraid of, especially when you can use it again to make ...

My Lola's Hamoncito Was a Christmas Best Seller in Divisoria

My half-Chinese Lola came up with her bestselling "authentic" ham in just two days.
“Marunong ka ba gumawa ng hamoncito?” one of my Lola’s loyal customers, a suki, had asked one day. (Do you know how to cook Christmas ham?) It was in the '70s when my Lola was selling pork at Tabora Divisoria Wet Market. ...

WATCH: Wow Friends And Family With A Homemade Boneless Lechon This Christmas

This homemade pork belly recipe might be even better than any lechon you can buy.
There's no need to buy an entire lechon for a small party. Make this super easy recipe for pork belly boneless lechon, and enjoy the crispy skin, the succulent meat, and the savings! This easy lechon recipe may look like it took a lot ...

Christmas Hamoncito Recipe

This is a family recipe and the hamoncito used to be sold in Divisoria!
This ham recipe only uses five ingredients!  With such few components, what could possibly make this recipe so special? The secret is time! Salting your meat beforehand, marinating for more than one night, and the long syrup-reduction process ensures that the meat is tender ...

The Easiest Appetizers To Make For The Holidays

Start your Noche Buena right with these easy recipes.
Hosting a party for Christmas? Waiting for midnight to have your Noche Buena? Bookmark these easy appetizers—the dishes are as delicious as your showstopping mains: You already have the ingredients for this delicious cheese dip! All you need to buy is some crackers ...

WATCH: You Can Make This Easy Recipe For Paella Negra For Noche Buena

The hardest part of this dish? Waiting for it to cook.
Paella is really just a fancy term for a rice dish made for a crowd. It's a celebratory dish, and this easy recipe for a Paella Negra is one you can certainly serve for a special occasion such as Noche Buena. The ingredients are ...

7 Recipes for Your Holiday Ham

Your holiday ham is good for more than just Noche Buena.
Noche Buena is not complete without ubiquitous holiday ham! That also means though, that freezers are going to be full with leftover ham. Here are some ideas, recipes and quick swaps you can make to enjoy what's left of this holiday favorite: What defines ...

Here's Where to Get Healthy Desserts for Noche Buena

Don't let diets stop anyone from enjoying dessert!
Dessert can be the best part of any meal, especially this Christmas. Whether it’s digging into a delicious cake, orbiting into delicious cookies, celebrating togetherness with delightful sweets are priceless experiences everyone deserves. If you're watching your sugar intake, you don't have ...

All the Queso De Bola Recipes You Need This Christmas

Use queso de bola's unique, deep, cheesy flavor for appetizers, main courses, or desserts!
Christmas brings another opportunity for us to thoroughly enjoy queso de bola. It's a special, intrinsic part of every Noche Buena. We think it’s because it’s like a perfectly wrapped gift with its brilliant red wax sealing the hard, aged, umami-packed, deep yellow-hued cheese when opened. However, if ...

WATCH: These Glazes Will Make Your Christmas Ham Extra Delicious

Make the most flavorful ham this Christmas!
Christmas is not complete without ham! These three easy ham glaze recipes are what you need to make the most flavorful baked ham you could ever make. Pick your favorite according to what you want your ham to taste like: classic and tangy, ...

All The Chocolate Desserts You Can Make For The Holidays

Who doesn't love chocolate?
Chocolate is one of those delicious ingredients that unite people—it’s just like Christmas! If you need a dessert you can be sure that everyone would love, then chocolate desserts are your go-to. There’s a chocolate recipe that everyone can make too: from the ...

This Is How You Can Prep A Boodle Fight Feast

It's the ultimate family feast to bond with family and friends.
Boodle fight-style dining—a feast wherein food is laid out on banana leaves and everyone eats without any utensils, just their hands—is a great way to serve and feed a crowd. Boodle fights began with the military where it is the common meal prepared for the entire troop. ...

WATCH: You'll Want This Garlicky Buttered Chicken For Dinner

This roast chicken is infused with garlic and butter-basted as it roasts.
This roast chicken recipe is infused with garlic on two fronts: it's first rubbed all over with smashed garlic ensuring that it flavors the entire chicken and then it is roasted with an entire head of garlic with it. It is also flavored with butter ...

This Is What People Eat For Noche Buena Around The Philippines

What’s on their table spread this Christmas?
Noche Buena, which is Spanish for “night of goodness,” is the bountiful feast served during the eve of Christmas. The typical Noche Buena spread for most Filipino gatherings include the hamonado, embutido, baked macaroni, bringhe (local paella), and sometimes, lechon. But this isn't the same ...

WATCH: This 20-Minute Spinach-Mushroom Dip Will Dazzle at Any Party

This is the super easy yet fancy appetizer to you should serve this season.
You may think spinach is expensive and that used to be true. We’ve got the best news: SM Supermarket has frozen spinach in their freezers, and it only costs P50/500g! Use it together with an affordable can of mushrooms, some creamy and gooey cheeses, and you’ve ...

This Delicious Bibingka In a Tin Can Is The Perfect Christmas Gift

It's not just chocolate cake that can be baked in a can!
It’s Christmas time again, which means our craving for bibingka is back. It’s this craving that started it for Chef Michelle Marie Abalon of Sweetums Sweet Treats who now sells eight scrumptious versions of bibingka in red tin cans. You’ll love their classic bibingka thanks to an over-the-top generous topping ...

All The Potluck Food You Can Order For Your Next Christmas Party

These potluck picks will make your Christmas party and Noche Buena planning a breeze.
1 Grazing Tables by Aperitif If there was no grazing table at the party, did the party really happen? Make your Christmas party fabulous with a picture perfect grazing table put together by Aperitif. The best part? They are 100% customizable.Prices are available ...

These Are The Different Ways We Enjoy Bibingka Around the Philippines

Bibingka has so many versions around the country!
Bibingka, a rice cake usually eaten during the holiday season, is almost always a part of the Pinoy Christmas season. Whether you get it from the roadside stalls after Misa de Gallo or Simbang gabi, or order it from your favorite resto serving it, bibingka has ...

All The Delicious Soups You Can Serve For Noche Buena

Whatever the theme of your Christmas dinner, there's a soup on this list to complement your holiday spread.
Every Noche Buena spread deserves dishes that will make your guests sigh in delight with every bite, and the meat course and the desserts are usually the dishes everyone is looking forward to. However, we think the other courses should be just as delicious, ...

WATCH: This Is How You Can Make A Local + Easy Paella

This is our version of the Spanish paella.
This Christmas, make bringhe, or the Filipino paella. It's a dish we transformed from a Spanish paella recipe but using ingredients that anyone can more easily get.It uses luyang dilaw, or fresh turmeric, to mimic the color of expensive saffron. It also uses malagkit instead of ...
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