Festive Filipino Food

19 Dec

For the past two months, I’ve been surrounded by people from all over the world, and these people are very talented and well-travelled.  So I decided to talk to them a bit about food, whether it’s from their own countries or the food they’ve found along the way.  Here’s the first of the many recommendations from them. 

As Christmas is approaching, many of us are in the celebrating mood, some expats are preparing to go home to celebrate.  I managed to get  Kiko Rosario, APTN Bangkok Bureau’s Production Manager to introduce me the festive food  in Philippines during the Christmas and New Year.

” Nine days before Christmas, people starts going to the predawn masses and after the masses family usually go to the food stalls set up by the courtyard of the church”, he said

These snacks below are found during the Christmas and New Year and Filipino’s Christmas can not be completed without them.

Bibingka : The rice cake with salted egg topped with shredded coconut. Kiko says that adding butter on top is the best.

Puto bumbong : This is another type of rice cake made from purple colored rice, topped with grated coconut and sugar.  It is served with hot chocolate (my favourite winter treats!)

Queso De Bola : A round Edam Cheese wrapped in red package is another standard fare for Christmas. 

For Christmas in the Philipines, especially for Chinese-Filippinos the Chinese Ham is a part of Christmas Dinner. Kiko also says that for the New Year, there are always 12 kinds of  round food on the table.  “It is for good luck”

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One Response to “Festive Filipino Food”

  1. junbelen December 21, 2009 at 12:51 pm #

    Happy holidays to you, too! Traditions like bibingka and puto bumbong are what make Christmas truly Filipino, truly festive!

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