What’s the best part about the holidays? The food, of course!
Ahh the holidays, it’s a cherished time of the year to spend with family and loved ones. But if we’re being real for a second, it’s really all about the holiday food!
So move aside family bonding and presents, because the food is the definite star of the holidays! We can argue about this all through the holidays, but you know you’re most looking forward to all the holiday food! And if you’re from a traditional Filipino family, you know by heart the staple dishes Filipinos serve every year!
And if you’re not from a traditional Filipino family, maybe you can take some ideas from this to try something new this year!
Lumpiang Shanghai is the definite star of any Filipino gathering. And more so during the holidays! Lumpiang Shanghai similar to egg rolls and is usually filled with ground pork and minced vegetables. It is arguably everyone’s favorite Filipino holiday food. And it’s also popular among children because you can eat it with your hands, and it’s crunchy!
The Christmas Ham is definitely a nod to our American brothers and sisters, as it’s originally a Western dish. But it has been incorporated into the Filipino culture. Some have it roasted and glazed with sweet pineapple sauce. While others like it fried, with the sauce on the side. But however you prefer to enjoy this dish, it’s definitely bound to be served this holiday season!
A classic Filipino holiday dessert, Leche Flan! Now, don’t confuse this creamy delicacy with creme brûlée. Because this eggy dessert is a class all on its own. And no holiday feast is complete without it.
Now, the Fruit Salad is a simple yet popular holiday dessert food. Toss in some pineapples, apples, grapes, papayas, and honestly whatever fruit you want to add in. And then just add some cream and you’re done! There’s really no set recipe for Fruit Salad, which is probably why its so popular. People tend to make it their own by adding cheese, or exotic fruits like kiwi.
So personally, Kaldereta is my all-time favorite! There’s just something about this Filipino-style beef stew that keeps me coming back for more! Maybe it’s the medley of vegetables, or the fall off the bone tenderness of the beef, or the thick and savory sauce. Either way, Kaldereta is the one Holiday Food I’m most looking forward to!
No Filipino holiday feast is complete without the tempting yet very unhealthy Crispy Pata. I know of no one who can resist its crispy charms. And its equally savory sauce. It’s the perfect holiday guilty pleasure. But make sure not to overdo it, we ain’t getting any younger.
Mango Graham Float
Another dessert dish that’s common in Filipino households is Mango Graham Float. Although it’s not technically a classic Filipino dish. But Pinoy’s sure do enjoy it like it is. It’s very similar to tiramisu, but sweeter since it has mangoes. And we all know that Filipinos usually have a sweet tooth.
Chicken Macaroni Salad
Ahh the Chicken Macaroni Salad, the coleslaw of Filipinos. Although, this dish may not resonate well with most younger generations because of the presence of raisins. But it’s definitely a staple Holiday Food for Filipinos. Chicken Macaroni Salad is what you go straight for if your palette is feeling a little overwhelmed. And there’s always that one tita who brings it to every occasion.
Although pork barbecue is something you can have every day of the year here in the Philippines, it’s still commonly found in holiday feasts. One, because its hella delicious. And two, it comes on a stick which makes it so easy to snack on!
So whatever you’re having tonight, and for the New Year’s, may it be exactly what you’ve been envisioning all year! After all, holiday food like this only comes once a year! Happy holidays, everyone!
So which of these holiday food are you most looking forward to? We’d love to hear what you think! So share with us your thoughts in the comments down below! Or hit us up on our Facebook or Twitter @UDoUPh.