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The Best Filipino Christmas Recipes to Try This 2021

Written by: Maine Dela Cruz

The Philippines has the longest Christmas season in the world. As early as September, shops, and supermarkets begin selling traditional Christmas food and ingredients. Queso de bola (Edam cheese) and ham flood freezers and markets as the holiday season approaches. For Filipinos, food is an important component of every household’s Noche Buena.

However, not all of us are experts in the kitchen. That’s why we’re fortunate to have access to the fiber internet, where we can browse a plethora of Christmas recipes.

Christmas Dinner Staples

Each year, Filipino Christmas menu is dominated by Spanish classics such as jamon or ham usually topped with brown sugar glaze, queso de bola, a variety of viand or food paired with rice, and simple salad dishes that don’t require rocket science to prepare. Another important Filipino component is kakanin, which is traditionally served on Christmas Day. As far back as pre-colonial times, indigenous Filipinos would give up glutinous rice cakes to their deities in the form of bibingka and puto bumbong.

More than that, our tables are laden with many other Noche Buena mainstays. A Filipino occasion isn’t complete until there’s enough food on the table.

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Christmas Food Ideas

The majority of families have their own personal repertoire of go-to dishes. However, it might be difficult to recreate your favorite Christmas foods if you’re away from home for a job or permanent residence purposes. You may write our families and ask for their favorite Christmas-related recipes, or you can just peruse some of our favorites online from Panlasang Pinoy:

1. Morcon 

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Morcon is a traditional Filipino meat roll made of sausage or hotdogs, carrots, pickles, cheese, and egg. This is a festive meal that is often served on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Typically, preparation takes an hour and cooking takes an extra hour.

What you need

  • 2 lbs beef eye of round or flank steak 3/4 inch thick in one piece
  • 2 pieces beef cubes dissolved in 3 cups boiling water beef stock/broth
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 piece lemon
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1 piece medium-sized carrot cut into long strips
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup cooking oil
  • 4 pieces hotdogs cut in half lengthwise
  • 2 pieces pickled dill or sweet pickled cucumber cut lengthwise divided into 4 equal pieces
  • 3 pieces hard-boiled eggs sliced
  • 3 ounces cheddar cheese cut in strips (about 1/2 inch thick)

Cooking procedure

  • Marinate the beef in soy sauce and lemon juice for at least 1 hour
  • Place the beef on a flat surface and arrange the hotdogs, pickle, carrot, cheese, and egg on one side
  • Roll the beef enclosing the fillings and tie with a cooking string to ensure that the meat will not open-up
  • Place cooking oil in a pan and apply heat
  • Dredge the rolled beef in flour and fry until the color of the outer part turns medium brown
  • Transfer the fried rolled beef in a casserole and pour in the beef broth then bring to a boil
  • Pour in half of the soy sauce-lemon juice marinade, salt, and simmer until the beef is tender (about 2 hours using ordinary casserole or 30 minutes if a pressure cooker is used)
  • Optional: Fry the simmered meat for at least 2 minutes
  • Remove the strings and slice them into serving pieces
  • Place in a serving dish and add the sauce.

2. Crispy Pata

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Crispy Pata, or crispy deep-fried pork leg, is a popular pig dish in the Philippines. This dish pairs well with rice and atcharang papaya as the side dish. Additionally, it is consumed as beer food or pulutan. It is finest served with a hot vinegar combination dipped in it.

What you need

  • 1 piece whole pig leg cleaned
  • 6 pieces dried bay leaves
  • 2 tablespoons whole peppercorn
  • 4 pieces star anise optional
  • 6 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 12 cups water
  • 6 cups cooking oil

Cooking procedure

  • Pour water in a cooking pot then let boil.
  • Put in dried bay leaves, whole peppercorn, star anise, and 4 teaspoons of salt.
  • Add the whole pig’s legs to the cooking pot then simmer until the leg becomes tender (about 45 to 60 minutes).
  • Remove the tender leg from the cooking pot and set aside until the temperature goes down.
  • Rub the leg with garlic powder, ground black pepper, and remaining salt. Let stand for 15 minutes to absorb the rub.
  • Heat a clean large cooking pot (preferably with cover) and pour-in cooking oil.
  • When the oil becomes hot, deep fry the rubbed pork leg. Continue cooking in medium heat until one side becomes crispy, and then cautiously flip the leg to crisp the other side. Note: Be extra careful in doing this procedure.
  • Turn off the heat; remove the crispy pork leg; and transfer it to a wide serving plate.
  • Serve with atcharang papaya and soy sauce – vinegar or calamansi juice dipping sauce.

3. Saucy Menudo

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Not surprisingly, some of the most popular Filipino recipes have a rich sauce or stew. These rely on some of the greatest flavors and spices, which we have in plenty. Also, we have a nice selection of veggies to go with them. Menudo is one of several dishes using this taste fiesta. We can taste the richness of each ingredient in a delicious stew that combines meat and vegetables like potatoes and green peas. wor

What you need

  • 1 1/2 lbs. pork
  • 1 piece Knorr Pork Cube
  • 1/2 lb pork liver
  • 4 pieces hotdog sliced
  • 2 pieces potato cubed
  • 2 pieces carrot cubed
  • 1 piece bell pepper sliced
  • 3/4 cup green peas
  • 1 piece onion chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic chopped
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 3 pieces Laurel leaves
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup cheese grated
  • 1 teaspoon sugar optional
  • 4 tablespoons cooking oil
  • Salt and ground black pepper to taste

Cooking procedure

  • Heat oil in a pot. Saute half of the onion and garlic. Add liver once the onion softens and continue cooking for 1 ½ minute while stirring. Remove all ingredients from the pot. Set aside.
  • Using the remaining oil, saute the remaining garlic and onion. Add pork slices. Continue sauteeing until the outer part of the pork turns light brown.
  • Pour soy sauce and tomato sauce. Stir.
  • Add Knorr Pork Cube and water. Let boil.
  • Add laurel leaves. Cover the pot and adjust heat to low. Continue cooking for 30 minutes.
  • Add the cooked liver back into the pot along with the hotdog, potato, and carrot. Stir. Cook for 10 minutes.
  • Add bell pepper and green peas. Cook for 5 minutes.
  • Season with salt, ground black pepper, and sugar.
  • Finish by adding the cheese.

4. Filipino Style Spaghetti

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Spaghetti Filipino Style is a spag variation with a sweet and savory sauce. The sauce’s primary component is ground pork. Additionally, sliced red hotdogs are included. This distinguishes and intrigues this spaghetti variation.

What you need

  • 2 lbs. Spaghetti cooked
  • 1 piece Knorr Beef Cube
  • 1 lb. ground pork
  • 6 ounces luncheon meat minced
  • 4 pieces hotdogs or beef franks
  • 35 ounces Filipino Style Spaghetti Sauce
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • Minced onion, 1 piece
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 3 tablespoons cooking oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Cooking procedure

  • Cook Spaghetti according to package instructions. Set aside.
  • Start to make the sauce by heating oil in a cooking pot.
  • Saute onion for 30 seconds.
  • Add garlic. Continue to cook until the onion softens.
  • Put the ground meat into the cooking pot. Continue to cook until it turns light brown.
  • Add luncheon meat and hot dogs. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Pour Filipino-style spaghetti sauce and water. Stir. Let boil.
  • Add Knorr beef cube. Stir. Cover and cook in medium heat for 30 minutes.
  • Season with salt and ground black pepper.
  • Top sauce over cooked spaghetti. Sprinkle shredded cheese on top.

5. Paella Marinera

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Paella is served as a main entree in the Philippines and is considered a special meal on chosen celebrations such as Christmas, New Year, Easter, and fiestas. The Filipino Paella is usually mixed paella or seafood paella. It is a complex dish that entails several ingredients and a multi-step procedure to prepare.

What you need

  • 2 lbs seasoned yellow rice arroz amarillo
  • 1 lb mussels tahong
  • 1/2 lb fresh squid cleaned
  • 1 lb cooked clams almejas
  • 8 pieces medium crabs cleaned
  • 1 lb shrimp cleaned
  • 43 ounces tomato sauce
  • A hint of Tabasco sauce
  • 3/4 cup pimiento sliced
  • 3 medium onions diced
  • 1 head garlic minced
  • spanish saffron
  • 3 to 4 cups water
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

Cooking procedure

  • Combine seasoned yellow rice and water and soak for 3 hours.
  • Heat a Paellera or large pan then pour-in olive oil.
  • When the oil is hot, saute the garlic and onions.
  • Put-in the crabs, mussels, shrimps, clams, squid, Tabasco sauce, salt, and ground black pepper. Cover the pan and cook for 3 minutes or until the juices come out.
  • Add tomato sauce then cover the pan. Cook for a minute.
  • Stir then simmer for 4 to 6 minutes. Transfer the cooked seafood to a clean plate.
  • With the remaining juices and tomato sauce on the pan, put the rice soaked in water and stir well. Simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Add the Spanish saffron then gently stir. Cover the pan and continue cooking in low heat until the rice are done.
  • Top the cooked yellow rice with pimiento then arrange the cooked seafoods over it.
  • Serve with some lemon or lime wedges.

6. Chicken Kare-Kare sa Gata

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Traditionally, kare-kare is made with tripe or oxtail as its main protein – but why not use chicken instead? Chicken kare-kare is a rich and hearty meal your whole family can enjoy.

What you need

  • 1 1/2 lbs. chicken cut into serving pieces
  • Knorr Chicken Cube, 1 piece
  • 1 cup crushed peanuts
  • 2 bunches baby bok choy
  • 1 piece eggplant sliced
  • 8 pieces snake beans
  • 1 piece onion chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic chopped
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/4 cup bagoong alamang
  • 3 cups coconut milk
  • 5 tablespoons cooking oil
  • Ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Cooking procedure

  • Rub salt all over chicken pieces. Let it stay for 5 minutes.
  • Heat 3 tablespoons oil in a cooking pot. Pan-fry chicken for 2 minutes per side. Remove from pan. Set aside.
  • Add remaining oil. Saute garlic and onion until the latter turns translucent.
  • Pour-in coconut milk. Let boil. Add paprika and turmeric powder. Stir.
  • Add chicken. Cover the pot and let the sauce boil.
  • Add Knorr Chicken Cube. Set heat between low to medium. Continue cooking for 25 minutes.
  • Add peanut paste. Stir until paste is completely diluted.
  • Put the eggplant, snake beans into the pot. Cover and cook for 5 to 8 minutes. Add bok choy. Cook for 3 minutes.
  • Season with ground black pepper.
  • Transfer to a serving bowl. Serve with bagoong alamang.

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Here Comes the Christmas 12.12 Sale in the Philippines

Christmas is just around the corner. The best part about this season is not only the food and the fun but all of those amazing sales.  And we know that you’re already stocking up on gifts for your family and friends. And the great news is that after the huge 11.11 Single’s Day Sale last month, we have another great deal this December. The 12.12 Sale is back and this year it will be bigger and better than ever. It is the perfect opportunity to score some great deals on Christmas gifts.

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Lazada’s 12.12 Grand Christmas Sale

This holiday season, Lazada shares its joy and trust with fellow Filipinos by offering the 12.12 Grand Christmas Sale, which gives families everything they wish and more. Celebrating the Philippines’ biggest One-Day Sale, Lazada continues to provide the biggest discounts and deals this holiday season, allowing you to enjoy the country’s leading online shopping platform. Lazada is where you’ll find all the big surprises, interesting promotions from top companies, and genuine products. Furthermore, ordering them from wherever you are, has never been easier, especially if you are spending the holidays with your family.

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Lazada Gift Cards

We don’t want to spoil our loved ones’ Christmas wish lists by giving them something they don’t want! Aside from the convenience Lazada Gift Cards provide to consumers, these also allow the receiver to select an item of their choice and are the ideal gift for any occasion, at any time of year.

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Interest-Free Lazada Loans

It might be hard to manage your holiday spending for several holiday activities. Lazada Loans allows you to pay for your purchases on an installment basis. TendoPay, among Lazada’s trusted loan providers, will provide 0% interest on purchases from December 5 to 15. Plentina will do the same from December 10 to 14, while Billease and Cashalo will give 0% interest on purchases till the end of the year. Customers may apply for monthly payment plans from these finance partners before December 12th, allowing Christmas shoppers to take advantage of the greatest prices and pay later, with no interest.

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LazadaforGood: A Worthy Cause

Lazada believes that the joy of Paskong Pinoy should be enjoyed by everyone. It is using the platform to make donating to organizations important to everyone and as simple as buying for oneself, as it is a household brand for Filipino online connectivity.

Spring Rain Global, Virlanie Foundation, UNICEF, Save the Children Foundation, World Vision, UNCHR, Caritas Manila, ABS-CBN Foundation, and GMA Foundation are among the organizations that Lazada champions for accessible and convenient giving campaigns for both ka-Lazada donors and our partner organizations.

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Lazada’s Local Ambassadors Spread Holiday Cheers

Local brand ambassadors Bea Alonzo, Alden Richards, Mimiyuuuh, and Maine Mendoza are featured in the newest Lazada TV advertisement, stressing the reasons for the season as well as the vast range of products for everyone’s wish lists—fashion, beauty, lifestyle, health, wellness, and technology. From a lavish Noche Buena to the simplest statement of love and thanks.

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This 12.12 Sale at Shopee has a lot more in store for you. Enjoy Flash Deals to buy products as low as P1 to make the festive season even more joyous and unforgettable. You won’t have to worry about going over budget while shopping for Christmas gifts with these low-cost options. To top it off, there are new categories daily. Every day is dedicated to your favorite categories with exceptional savings, ranging from fashion to groceries and everything in between. Also, daily 10% discount coupons with a P1,000 maximum are available. The 12.12 Sale has a lot going on, so check out the 12.12 Sale Calendar to keep track of everything.

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Shopee Philippines is committed to providing every Filipino home with the ultimate online shopping experience possible. Shopping on Shopee is secure. With Shopee Guarantee, you’ll either get the item you ordered or your money back. You may also create and view listings for free, with no extra charge.

This platform, which is known for its year-round marketing, wants to make shopping a joyful and memorable experience for everyone. Shopee Philippines never fails to satisfy existing customers and new shoppers with exceptional offers such as free delivery and discount vouchers. You can also download the Shopee app on the Google Play Store to get more amazing promotions, big discounts, and win prizes and big rewards through its in-app feature.

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Tips on How to Get the Best Deals on the 12.12 Sale

Here are some tips to help you get ready for the Christmas 12.12 Sale.

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