In case you were too busy beating deadlines and attending Christmas parties these past few days to properly prepare for the holidays, know this: We're only a few hours away from 12 midnight of December 25, the time of the all-important Noche Buena feast.
If you’ve completely forgotten to prepare, don’t panic; you can still have an easy, fuss-free spread with pasta, fruit salad, a few slices of queso de bola, and of course, the Christmas ham.
But which of the many hams in the supermarket should you buy? Well, if you're not that much of a foodie, pick anything. But if you're a serious eater who wants only the best kinds of meat to pass through his/her mouth, then below are our picks of the best hams in the country.
Put it between two loaves of bread, fry it a bit and consume with rice, or just cut some up and pair it with beer; whatever you choose to do, we promise you'll be visiting ham heaven!
BUY IT: If you don’t mind falling in line for hours for good ham
Hundreds of people line up at Excelente’s roadside store in Quiapo during the holiday season for a very good reason: Their smoked Chinese hams, known for being some of the most flavorful around, is the stuff of Noche Buena legend. Try to place your order as early as possible to avoid the maddening Christmas crowds.
This ham is considered as one of the finest in the country for its delicious, salty-sweet taste. Its quality has also remained top-notch throughout the decades, making it a year-round Filipino favorite.
Prices range from P1,045 to P1,255 per kilogram. Available at Cash and Carry, Unimart, Cherry Foodarama Congressional, and selected Rustan’s, Shopwise branches. You can also call 995 0661/913 5488/995 0320 or order at www.majestic-ham.com.
SANTI’S CHRISTMAS HONEY HAM
A posh deli like Santi’s probably wouldn’t be the first place you’d go to for value-for-money fare, but surprise, surprise—their honey-glazed ham is delicious, moist, and best of all, affordable. Here’s a great holiday idea: Give one to someone you need to impress, like your ninong sa kasal or your girlfriend’s parents, and watch your pogi points soar.