Noche Buena is more than just a dinner, it’s a celebration of family heritage, too. Indeed, many of us have heirloom recipes that are never absent on the Christmas table.
However, that doesn’t mean you can’t introduce a few new dishes into your tried-and-tested Noche Buena menu. You never know whether a new recipe will become the start of a new family tradition.
This week, Nurtura Land & Home reached out to three up-and-coming chefs in Mindanao to find out what they’re making for Christmas Eve. Hopefully, the dishes they share here will give you some inspiration for your own Noche Buena feast.
A LITTLE BIT OF EVERYTHING
Chef Karlo Mercado, owner of Davao City’s Street Grub restaurant, prepares a diverse menu for his family’s Christmas dinner, which includes a mix of classic dishes along with an old-time favorite with a twist.
“Usual ko na niluluto for Christmas is Mexican lasagna, roast beef, baked salmon, roasted potatoes, mixed greens, and roasted chicken. We don’t usually have big gatherings at home. Usually mom, dad, and sisters ko lang. It’s been a tradition for many years that I do the cooking at home, and my mom is in charge of dessert.”
For those who want a different take on lasagna for Christmas dinner, here’s a recipe you can try:
Street Grub is located at Unit D, Paseo Uno Bldg., Ruby St., Marfori Heights, Davao City
Meanwhile, Chef Mikko Garrido, who runs Asian Side Wok Kitchen here in Davao City, reveals that his family takes a lighter approach to the traditional Noche Buena by serving tapas instead.
“I usually make everything on my own, and sometimes my family helps. We are having our traditional tapas on Christmas Eve, which usually includes callos, paella, salpicao, and some bread and wine. We don’t really have any traditions except to eat!”
If you want a Spanish-inspired Noche Buena, check out this easy paella recipe!
Asian Side Wok Kitchen is located at Door 3, Montana Bldg., Mabini cor. Circumferential Road, Marfori Heights, Davao City
Chef Deborah Go, the restaurateur behind Manna and Quail Café in Valencia, Bukidnon, takes a cue from her restaurant’s menu and plans to serve a Filipino favorite for Christmas dinner:
“I come from a family whose palate is rooted in Filipino cuisine, so every Christmas season we always prepare Filipino home-cooked dishes. This Christmas, I’m cooking Kalderetang Kambing for our Noche Buena.”
Want to make Kalderatang Kambing for Christmas, too? We’re happy to share Chef Deborah’s very own recipe:
After marination, cook with:
Manna and Quail is located at P8, Sayre Highway, Bagonta-as, Valencia, Bukidnon
We’d love to know what you’re serving for Christmas! Please share your recipes with us in the comments section.
Photo 1 from Pixabay.com
Photo 2 from BettyCrocker.com
Photo 3 from BBCGoodFood.com
Photo 4 from Chef Deborah Go