Very Filipino Christmas

by Ella Bernadette

Tagalog Lang  dishes out some of the Filipino favorites during Christmas. Here is our list (all images are not mine): 

1. tsokolate 
hot chocolate, the drink most enjoyed by Filipinos during Christmas
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2. salabat 
warm ginger tea, a traditional drink after early morning mass
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3. puto bumbong
purple-colored rice treat cooked in upright bamboo tubes

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4. bibingka
flat cake served on banana leaves and topped with a pat of butter and grated coconut 
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5. ensaymada
a soft, fluffy pastry topped with finely grated cheese and white sugar 
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6. leche flan (from the Spanish word for milk: leche)
velvety custard made with egg yolks, has a rich caramelized topping
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7. imported  (from the Spanish queso de bola)

ball of Edam cheese usually with a red covering, a traditional Christmas food
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8. macaroni salad, prepared with Lady’s Choice mayonnaise
Filipinos consider it stylish and classy to serve Western foods 
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9. fruit salad, almost always with a mix of sweet condensed milk and cream 
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10. roasted kastanyas
piping-hot chestnuts (from the Spanish castañas)
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11. hamon, especially jamón dulce
sweet-cured Christmas ham (from the Spanish jamon)
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12. lechon or litson
whole suckling pig, roasted

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