Christmas is just around the corner and for Filipinos, this day is also equivalent to food...endless amounts of food. According to tradition, every household should have a feast on the 24th of December to celebrate a prosperous year and to welcome the birthday of Jesus Christ on the 25th. Obviously, we all grew up with the mindset that our dinner tables should have the usual ham, fruit salad, spaghetti, and other usual Noche Buena dishes.
However, times are changing and even the food we devour are evolving. This year at FHM, we decided to put our very own twist to this festive Christmas tradition. To celebrate the very colorful food trends of 2016, we look back at all the popular grub by including them in our Noche Buena chow party.
So if you are making any last minute plans for your Christmas Eve meal, you might want to check out our very own Noche Buena spread:
Assorted Chicken Wings
Don't get us wrong, we still love the usual buffalo chicken BBQ flavor. Things, however, were taken up a notch this year when various establishments decided to experiment with different flavors. From Garlic Parmesan to Honey BBQ, and Teriyaki to Mango Habanero, these fall-off-the-bone wings will surely be a hit during your late night dinner on the 24th.
Where to get it: You can purchase a batch of these from Buffalo Wild Wings. They are priced at P325 for five pieces, P625 for 10 pieces, P925 for 15 pieces, and P1145 for 20 pieces.
Angus Beef Tapa
The melt-in-your-mouth goodness paired with its incredible flavor cannot be compared to the regular tapa from the tapsilog stall found in your neighborhood. There's really something special about Angus Beef that keeps us coming back for more.
Where to get it: You can purchase 220 grams of pure U.S. Angus Beef Tapa for about P295 at Angus Tapa Centrale which is found at 11th Jamboree St. in Quezon City. They also offer different flavors such as Tropical, Hot & Spicy, Tropical Spicy, and Korean BBQ with prices ranging from P295 to P330.
What's a feast without rice? White rice is already a staple on our dinner tables but if you come across something named Pistahan Rice, we're certain that you'd buy mounds of it to feed your guests. Eating this will certainly add to the holiday vibe.
Where to get it: A plate of Pistahan Rice can be found at Mama Rosa located along East Capitol Drive in Pasig City. One serving is already good for two and costs P225 pesos.
Spinach and Kale Salad
Good thing healthy eats were also in this 2016. Kale was all the rage in restaurants and other food joints in the city and was a big hit especially with the youngsters.
Where to get it: To add something green to your Noche Buena menu, you can purchase a plate of this Spinach and Kale salad for two at Hillside Cafe, located along Mother Ignacia Avenue in Quezon City. One serving costs P225 and comes with a yummy vinaigrette to add some kick to the salad.
This year was all about matcha. Matcha drinks, matcha cakes, matcha ice cream, and even matcha flan. Though the color does remind you a bit of veggies, we swear it tastes awesome and has that velvety texture everyone loves about leche flan.
Where to get it: Get some of this sweet matcha flan at Kissako Uji Matcha Cafe at Pioneer Center along Pioneer Street. They also sell a whole lot of other matcha flavored desserts if you're not into leche flan.
Pablo Cheese Tarts
The most talked about dessert of this year is Japan's very own Pablo. You can all recall the long line of customers this place had during its first month here in the country. We can see why due to its texture and taste.
Where to get it: Pablo is located on the ground floor of Robinson's Place Manila. A box of their regular cheese tart is worth P499.