O yeah, Since I love foods, I would like to promote in this post some Filipino Foods! Specifically Christmas Foods. Yay! Since Christmas is very near, I will do this post. I made a survey and some research about some famous Filipino Christmas foods and here are the results!
This is in particular order. Lowest to Highest Votes.
10. Castañas (Spanish for chestnuts) are roasted chestnuts commonly sold by sidewalk vendors in the Philippines during Christmastime. It can be bought for 25php in some sidewalk stores per plastic.
9. Leche Flan (also known as crème caramel and caramel custard) is a dessert made-up of eggs and milk with a soft caramel on top. Leche Flan is the top dessert of all time in the Philippines especially during celebrations such as parties and town fiestas, Birthday and Christmas.
It’s one of my favorite Dessert. ^___^
8. Next is… My Favorite Ube Halaya.
Ube Halaya is a dessert made from boiled and grated purple yam which is locally known in the Philippines as “Ube”. Aside from Ube Halaya, different desserts and pastries such as ice cream, tarts, and cakes makes use of this root crop.
Sometimes, they form it into cute shapes like fish, flowers, leaf, and etc.
7. The undying… Pasta. It is a staple food of traditional Italian cuisine, now of worldwide renown. It takes the form of unleavened dough, made in Italy, mostly of durum wheat(more rarely buckwheat flour), water and sometimes eggs. Though it’s not a PURE Filipino food, it is now famous in the Philippines especially in birthday parties and some celebration during Christmas. Spaghetti, Carbonara, Macaroni Salad is one of the example dishes made in Pasta.
6. Fruit Salad is a general term referring to a fruit dish. This dish is typically composed of an assortment of fruits served as is or combined with different types of sweet liquid and table cream. This can either be served as an appetizer, a side dish, and as a dessert.
In Filipino style, fruit salad is composed of fruit cocktail in can mixed with condensed milk and cream and sometimes, Sago, Cheese and Buko(coconut) is added in mixture.
5. Next is the famous Lechon.
Lechon is very famous in the Philippines. In most regions, lechón is prepared throughout the year for any special occasion, during festivals, and the holidays. After seasoning, the pig is cooked by skewering the entire animal, entrails removed, on a large stick and cooking it in a pit filled with charcoal. You can bought Lechon by whole or by part. It has free sauce when you buy it.
4. Keso de Bola. (Edam Cheese) – is a Dutch cheese traditionally sold in spheres with a pale yellow interior and a coat of red paraffin wax. It is famous in Christmastime partnered by Ham.
I really don’t like Cheese. I found them smelly. I don’t like the smell but it’s delicious. (they say) ^__^
3. Ham. In the Philippines, ham, or hamon as it is called (from the Spanish jamón) is normally associated with the Yuletide season. Ham is very imperishable in Christmastime. It is partner with Keso De Bola. It’s shape like a ball. It is either baked or fried.
Hamon is given annually to the employees as a gift every Christmas in some companies in the Philippines.
2. Bibingka. It is traditionally made from galapong (milled glutinous rice), coconut milk, margarine, and sugar. It is sold during Misa de Gallo, or Simbang Gabi on Christmas season along the of the street. It is a type of rice cake native to the Philippines.
and for the last and ranked top 1 on my survey!!…
1. Puto bumbong is the most sought after delicacies at Christmas time. During the simbang gabi or the Christmas Eve mass. Side street vendors are a common sight preparing and selling this delicious Filipino Dish. It is served with Niyog(Coconut Palm) and Sugar.
I love Puto Bumbong. Aside form it’s color, I love it’s delicious Niyog.
So, this is my top 10 Christmas Foods in Philippines! I love all the foods. Merry Christmas in Advance and have a bountiful New Year folks! ^__^
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