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Top Filipino Dishes for Christmas

Updated on September 19, 2017

The holidays brings out the best not only in gift-giving spirit but also in the dishes being prepared to celebrate the season. It is the holiday season once again, a time Filipinos eagerly await an excuse to lay out the best Christmas dishes and treats. Filipinos who lived abroad long for the taste of these popular fare that often adorn the noche buena feast on the eve of Christmas.

If you are not sure what to prepare, these photos might just give you ideas.

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Crispy Pata

As the name suggests, it is deeply-fried pork meat, the ‘pata’ is the meatiest part of the pig. Done the right way, many Filipinos consider this top on their list. Best eaten with rice and yummy sauce or spicy dip, or as ‘pulutan’. This is not for those prone to hypertension or having heart problems as this dish is sinfully cholesterol-laden.

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Grilled Tuna Jaw

For those who want to keep off the fatty stuff during the holidays, grilled fish like this Tuna jaw is a another great alternative dish. Feasting doesn't always have to mean throwing caution to the wind. Yes you can have a meatless Christmas dinner by making use of fish meat and grilled choices. Celebrate the holidays with a Tuna jaw grilled to perfection. Tuna jaw is best with rice or on its own. It is best served hot off-the-grill.

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Pork Barbecue BBQ

Pork barbecue is not only perfect for beach outings, it is also one of the main fares for many people's tables during the holidays. It is made of bits and strips of pig meat marinated with special barbecue Grilled bits or strips of pork meat after being marinated with ready-made BBQ sauce or marinate mixture of soy sauce, sugar, seasoning mix and butter. Best served off the grill with vinegar mix.

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Fried Chicken

Fried chicken is another perennial favorite from ages 1 and up. Children and those child at heart love fried chicken as a great addition to the Christmas or New Year's eve dinner for a lot of reasons. One, it is easy to prepare widely available ready to eat from fast food and restos. Second, it is great finger food hence no need to utensils.

For those who opt to stay clear of cholesterol-filled pork dishes, this Filipino-style Fried chicken is a great alternative.

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Guinataang Kohol

Kohol is actually a specie of snail often found in Philippine rice paddies. When cooked specially and mixed with coconut milk, some vegetables and spices, and voila! Another exotic treat. It may not be for everyone's taste.

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Lechon Kawali

Lechon Kawali is done by deep frying pig meat.

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Kare-Kare

I believe this dish comes from Pampanga, a province in the central part of the Philippines. It’s really meat-based (beef), with vegetable, and peanut butter adding to its rare flavor.

Pancit Malabon

Pancit Malabon is a complete dish made of special white noodles and topped with colorful mix of boiled egg, shrimp, bits of chicharon and a yellow-colored special sauce. This often comes in a round container called 'bilao'.


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Paella Valenciana

This complete main dish is originally from the Spain but Filipinos have adapted it to suit their tastes. Many variations abound on how to cook this delicious mix of long-grained rice, shrimps, peas, oyster, and many other ingredients.

Lechon Manok (Roasted Chicken)

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Leche Flan

Custard cake made of egg yolks, milk, and sugar. Leche flan works well as topping to other snacks as ice cream or Halo-halo.

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Bibingka

Made of ground glutinous rice and laid neatly in a bilao, and with its rainbow-like colors and delectable taste, who can resist?

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Sapin sapin

Rice-based dessert made of ground glutinous rice or plain rice mixed with coco milk, sugar and other variations of this basic recipes then laid on banana leaves. Best taste when baked in a kiln. This is the Filipino equivalent to your cupcake or muffin. My mouth waters at the sight of these!

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Ensaymada

This is a special bread topped with butter or margarine, sprinkled with bits of sugar and some put cheese. Best eaten while still hot with your favorite drink.

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Guinatan

Filipinos make good use of coconut milk in most of their dishes and one of them is this sweet guinatan. A concoction of glutinous rice, sweet potato, jackfruit, banana (saba), and other crops. Nice eaten either hot or cold.

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Halo-Halo

Another cool treat consist of sweetened beans, ube halea, sweet peas, some topped it with ice cream of leche flan, with milk , sugar and fine ice shaving. Halo Halo literally means Mix Mix, so you should mix it before you savor its goodness.

Buko Pandan

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Buko Pandan

A mixture of strips of young coconut meat, milk, sugar, ‘pinipig’ rice, Pandan flavor, sometimes with jelly. Others make slight modication of this basic recipe. This is a welcome cool treat especially during the hot summer months

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    • gmmurgirl profile imageAUTHOR

      Shan Moore 

      6 years ago from Philippines

      Hi Janellegems. Good to hear you are also into trying out new dishes from different cultures and I'm glad you like this hub on Filipino dishes. I hope you get to try our dishes too.

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      Janellegems 

      6 years ago from United States

      I love trying foods from different cultures. This is an awesome list of Filipino foods for Christmas. Thanks for putting together this great hub.

    • gmmurgirl profile imageAUTHOR

      Shan Moore 

      6 years ago from Philippines

      hi glorgeousmom. True, nothing beats enjoying halo-halo on a hot summer day!

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      Glo L Bernadas 

      7 years ago from Philippines

      Halo-halo is one of my favorite palamig and dessert.

    • gmmurgirl profile imageAUTHOR

      Shan Moore 

      7 years ago from Philippines

      Hi lk! Yes, there are a lot but I still have yet to write on milk and alternatives.

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      lk 

      7 years ago

      is there any entrees in philippines that are milk and alternatives

    • gmmurgirl profile imageAUTHOR

      Shan Moore 

      7 years ago from Philippines

      Hi PaperNotes! I assume you've tried any of these foods yourself. Eating is such an enjoyable activity especially with these kinds of dishes. Thanks for reading this hub!

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      PaperNotes 

      7 years ago

      Wow, my mouth is literally watering as I browsed through the photos of those foods!

    • gmmurgirl profile imageAUTHOR

      Shan Moore 

      8 years ago from Philippines

      Thanks ezmobile! I hope you can try any of them soon!

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      ezmobile 

      8 years ago from London

      Wow, an amazing list of genuine Filipino food. Looks so good. Thanks.

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