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FHM Holiday Ham Guide 2013!

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 here are our picks of the best hams in the country!
by Mars Salazar | Dec 23, 2013
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Adelina’s is known for their trademark Chinese ham that’s moister and just a bit sweeter than its counterparts. Don’t forget to eat it with its accompanying sauce for best gustatory results.

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Prices range from P840 to P1,050 per kilogram. Available at 180 General Kalentong Street, Mandaluyong City. You can also order at


BUY IT: If you’re in the mood to relive Christmas memories

The Plaza Premium Baked Ham has been a consistent topnotcher in local “best ham” lists for decades. A bite of its tender, perfectly salty meat is guaranteed to give you a rush of Christmas memories, making it a traditional Noche Buena centerpiece for several families. 

Priced at P1,400 per kilogram for a whole leg; P2,250 per 1.5 kilogram for a ball ham; and P150 per 100 grams for sliced ham. Available at SM Megamall, Petron Square Dasmarinas Village Makati, and Rustan’s Makati. You can also order at

BUY IT: If you want a fool-proof ham for all occasions

Purefoods’ Fiesta Ham’s tagline, “the star of the Noche Buena,” exists for a reason: Its meat is reasonably priced, tasty, and best of all, widely available. If you don’t have the time (or the patience) to get in line for pricier hams, a quick trip to the grocery for this tried-and-tested porcine delight would more than suffice. 

Prices range from P138 to P739.50, available at all grocery stores nationwide.

BUY IT: If you’re a loaded gourmand with a taste for the finer things in life

If you really want to pull out all the stops for your Noche Buena, then order some Jamon Iberico for your table. Made from the finest black Iberian pigs from the southwest regions of Spain, this ham is known worldwide for its savory taste and smooth, melt-in-your-mouth texture. Yes, it’s a lot pricier than your run-of-the-mill hams, but if you can afford to spend the cash equivalent of a cheap phone for a chunk of the finest meat in the world, then by all means, go ahead and indulge!

P4,585 per kilo (approx. 7-8 kg./leg), Rustan’s; order at

BUY IT: For a potluck Noche Buena with the whole clan

King Sue’s huge bone-in ham is a staple at a lot of holiday parties for its distinctly salty flavor—a trademark of Chinese hams—and affordable price points. Make sure to prepare it when you’re not in a ravenous mood: This ham comes with lengthy preparation instructions that can take up a good chunk of your time. But hey, a little sacrifice is nothing for good ham, right?

Chinese style hams are priced at P555 per kilogram for the raw hams and P630 per kilogram for the boiled ham. Available at all leading grocery stores nationwide.
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