Posted by The Filipino Food Shop on 1/1/2022 to
|Big on every Filipino family’s calendar are the Christmas and New Year’s holidays and all the days in between. |
For the midnight meals, Media Noche on Christmas Eve and Noche Buena on New Year’s, there will be Christmas ham or pork barbecue and lumpiang shanghai and pancit or spaghetti. Spaghetti carbonara has gained popularity over the more traditional Bolognese of late.
Also, there would usually be a selection of kakanins – puto bumbong, bibingka, and a variety of sticky sumans. The soft and cheesy ensaymada will also be on the table. Queso de bola, a ball-shaped Edam cheese, will be cut and served with the sweet and savory dishes.
Everything is finally capped with all sizes and flavors of cakes and the quintessential fruit salad made from syrup-soaked tropicals and multi-colored nata de coco in condensed milk.
Filipino Food & Tradition: Pasalubong and Padala
Kare Kare as Pinay Heirloom
Recipes and good taste are handed down from one generation to another. In the Philippines, where fiestas abound and family reunions happen more frequently than in other parts of the world, particular dishes stand out as heirloom stuff.
Pinays make a point of learning from their elders how to cook such delicious fare and they bond over secret ingredients or cooking methods imprinting unique flavors to popular dishes.
Silog: A Uniquely Filipino Meal Arrangement
Or put some greens together, toss in tomatoes and other vegetables, cheese and a little meat and declare dinner solved.
Or one can fix herself up the kind of meal that no right-thinking Pinay can ever pass up, the ultimate tasty Pinay meal.
Not just any no-cooking-required or get-you-out-the-door-in-no-time elements thrown together, the silog takes some time to prepare. It rewards fans, however, with a unique blend of tastes nowhere else invented but in the Philippines. Often finished with slices of tomato and cucumber, this unique Filipino meal arrangement is a harmony of flavors, textures, and colors, too.
Merienda Fare: The Pinay's Favorites
Snacks hold a place of honor in the food hierarchy. They are at once accessible and affordable, offering quick, bite-sized comfort between meals.
Here are some crowd favorites:
Pinoy Food Tradition - Undas
THE UNDAS FILIPINO FOOD TRADITION
You will most likely feast on savory pork or chicken adobo, spaghetti, macaroni salad or a certain type of pancit, be it bihon, canton, habhab, or bam-i, which has both pancit and vermicelli noodles. Some families will serve up the mouthwatering lechon kawali or an entire lechon altogether.
Because everyone will need to be handed snacks, too, or midnight and early-morning refreshments, there will surely be kakanins in the mix – sapin-sapin, palitaw, suman sa lihiya, biko, puto bumbong, ube halaya, puto puti, pichi-pichi, all sweet and satisfying.
The sticky kakanins are a perfect representation of the affection and unity that characterizes the Pinoy family. Bonding over delicious Filipino food, sharing stories, enjoying each other’s company, reveling in the unique custom of Undas.
Ube Pancake, Coconut Jam, Lumpia Shanghai and More
MCK Pork Empanada
Excellent Rice Stick Bihon 16 oz
Goldilocks Pork Asado Siopao
Puto Cheese, Kutsinta and Pitsi Pitsi
Puto Puti, Puto Ube and Kutsinta
Biko, Palitaw and Puto Bong Bong
Salihiya, SapinSapin and Cassava Cake
Takoyaki Fried Octopus & Charoni Krackers
Broas and Ugoy-Ugoy
Buko at Buko Juice
Jacobina - The Original Filipino Square Biscuit
Barquillos, Paborita, Mamon Tostado, Pilipit
Calamansi, Guava, Guyabano, Mango, Pineapple
Chichacorn and Cornic
Polvoron: Ube and Pili