What are the Filipino favorites for Noche Buena? Lechon, Fruit salad and Hamonado are just some of the top notchers!

1. Lechon

Lechon

Roasted pig, roasted belly of pork, chicken, fish… anything that’s roasted over coals. You name it… it is going to be a part of the Christmas feast. In some households, the lechon baka or karnero (lamb) can come with the pig but it is always the lechon baboy (pig) that lords it over the table. The

choices for the lechon dip are: Chicken liver sauce, Mang Tomas lechon sauce, vinegar with chopped garlic or Soy sauce with Native Lemon (Kalamansi).

Which brings us to another rosted favorite…

2. Barbecue

Barbecue

Pork and chicken top the list. Pork or chicken meat is marinated in soy sauce and kalamansi with lots of mashed garlic then skewed on bamboo skewers before being barbecued. Neighborhoods are alive with the aroma of barbecue during Christmas.

3. Bibingka and Puto Bumbong

Bibingka and Puto Bumbong

Bibingka or rice cake and the iconic purple of puto bumbong are Filipino delicacies sold outside churches just in time for the influx of people going home after hearing mass.

4. Fruit Salad

Fruit Salad

Fresh or canned, the fruits that are mixed with the cream and condensed milk provide the color and the pizzaz in this cold, sweet dish.

5. Hamonado

Hamonado

Hamonado is pork or chicken cooked in pineapple juice.

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