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10 Paskong Pinoy Dishes That Will Rock Your Noche Buena

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Choose Philippines | Dec 18, 2014

Christmas season in the Philippines means a time of family reunions and sharing hearty meals.

Here's a rundown of the Filipino dishes that are always (or should be) present at the Noche Buena (and Media Noche) table. 

1) Lechon

Pig out on this lechon at Summit Ridge Tagaytay. Their New Year's Eve Package includes a festive New Year's Eve buffet dinner at the in-house restaurant C2 Classic Cuisine, post-dinner drinks, fireworks show, and a delectable New Year breakfast buffet the following morning. For the kids and kids at heart, they also offer activities like: fun photobooth, unlimited sweets corner, cupcake decorating station, arts & crafts corner, and New Year’s Eve movie showing.

2) Hamonado

The glazed ham can also be enjoyed at Summit Ridge Tagaytay for the festive Christmas Eve package

VIEW: 10 Ways to Spend a Heavenly Christmas on Tagaytay's Highest Point

Photo and story by Christa I. De La Cruz

3) Crispy Pata

Bob Marlin, a popular restaurant in Bicol, serves a plate of Crispy Pata for PhP 499. One can easily say that their crispy goodness in a bite is simply to-die-for.

VIEW: Bob Marlin Restaurant & Grill, Naga City

Photo by Phillip Yerro Kimpo | Story by Nannah Tobias

4) Paella

Photo by Jericho San Miguel

This staple in the Filipino-Spanish cuisine is part of the "El Bulto del Casa" menu package for the Christmas season of Casa Roces in Manila. 

VIEW: Treat Your Family to a Presidential Christmas Feast at Casa Roces, Manila

Photo by Jericho San Miguel | Story by Christa I. De La Cruz

VIEW: An Easy-to-Follow Paella Recipe from Junior Master Chef Philippines finalist Louise Mabulo

5) Puto Bumbong

Puto bumbong is traditionally made from a special variety of heirloom sticky or glutinous rice called "pirurutong," which has a distinctly purple color. During the Simbang Gabi or the Christmas Eve Mass, people line up at their favorite street stalls outside the church just to have a taste of this favorite Pinoy kakanin.

6) Bibingka

If you're in the chilly mountains of Baguio, drop by Choco-latè de Batirol for your favorite kakanin and strawberry-flavored tsokolate.

VIEW: Choco-latè de Batirol, Gate 2, Igorot Park, Camp John Hay (near Baguio Country Club)

Photo and story by Christa I. De La Cruz

7) Tsokolate

The traditional process of tsokolate-making involves using a wooden rod called the "batirol" for mixing the concoction of local cacao beans. This produces the hot, thick, and bittersweet drink.

Those in Iloilo province can enjoy tsokolate the whole year-round at the magnificent Camiña Balay nga Bato.

Photo by Belle Piccio

The famous Choco-latè de Batirol of Baguio can also be found in Angeles City.

Photo by Renzelle Ann Palma

8) Leche Flan

Even Teen Queen Kathryn Bernardo can't resist this classic and sweet dessert.

VIEW: Mrs. Min Bernardo's Leche Flan Recipe on Kris TV

9) Lumpiang Hubad

“Hubad” is our local term for “naked.” C2 Classic Cuisine has its own version of the Lumpian Hubad, called "Sumpia", and the clothes are classy and within reach.

This dish is part of C2's Pamaskong Hapag—set meals that can be shared between 4 to 5 people. Along with Sumpia, Salo-Salo 1 (or Set 1) also has Beef Mechado, Binusog na Bangus, Fiesta Rice, and a sweet ending of Leche Flan.

10) Pancit Bam-I

Cebu’s version of guinisa pansit, Pancit Bam-I uses both thick flour sticks (pancit canton noodles) and transparent vermicelli noodles (sotanghon).

The Pancit Bam-I is also part of C2's Pamaskong Hapag. Joining it for the set meal are the Sumpia, Seafood Inasal, Crispy Pata, Garlic Rice, and Leche Flan

Another set of C2's Christmas special includes the renowned Crispy Kare-Kare,Seared Tilapia with Coconut Emulsion,Pansit Puti, Garlic Rice and Sesame Palitaw.

Seared Tilapia with Coconut Emulsion

Did we miss something? Share with us your favorite salo-salo food and let's have a sumptuous holiday buffet!

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