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Merry Menu Ideas for Noche Buena

November 3, 2020 4:43 am

The holidays are fast approaching! It’s that time of the year when glistening Christmas lights brighten up the streets, the soft hymn of Christmas songs fill our ears, and the best part? Good food, thoughtful gifts, and fun family bondings! Cheer up. Noche Buena is just a few weeks away!

It’s never too early to plan for your Noche Buena feast. No matter how simple or special your plans are for this year’s Christmas, just remember two things: Safety first, and great Noche Buena handaan second!

To help you prepare a memorable and delightful Noche Buena for the family this year, let’s have a rundown of delicious, easy-to-make Pinoy Noche Buena menu ideas that you can cook up like a pro! And who knows, Santa might decide to stay for a bite or two!


Beef Steak Roll Ups

Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Roll up your sleeves! It’s time to create this meaty, mouthwatering Filipino dish that would easily be the highlight of your Noche Buena feast—Beef Steak Roll Ups! Juicy, flavorful with a fresh vegetable center that balances the flavors out, making every bite of this meaty main dish a wonderful surprise.

To start, top your beef slices with carrots and fresh beans—make sure not to overload the filling! Season it all nicely with AJI-GINISA® Flavor Seasoning Mix, then it’s time to roll! Roll each beef slice tightly and secure it with kitchen twine. Pop these rolls into the refrigerator to keep it all firm and ready for cooking!

Once it’s all set, heat up some oil in a pan and sear each beef roll until brown. Cook it nicely and set the rolls aside for a while. In the same pan, put in some butter and flour. Then mix in some water and soy sauce until it’s all fully incorporated. Add in the beef roll ups and let it cook for another 20 minutes. Serve and enjoy!

Try our Beef Steak Roll Ups recipe  made more flavorful with AJI-GINISA® Flavor Seasoning Mix!


Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes

Dahil Noche Buena, dapat kanin pa lang, ulam na! Try this Pinoy fried rice recipe that is restaurant-quality delicious! You can never go wrong with aligue, so heat up your pans and let’s start cooking!

Saut é your onions, garlic, ginger, and leeks or any leafy vegetable you like! Just chop your greens into smaller pieces and saut é it all together with your juicy shrimp, crab meat, and aligue paste. When it’s all nicely cooked, Add your clams and some water. Let it all simmer until the clam shells open—remember to take out the shells that remain closed!

Then, it’s time to add the rice. Dump in cooked rice and mix everything well. Make sure to coat everything nicely with the aligue sauce! To make it Garantisadong Ginisarap, pour in AJI-GINISA® Flavor Seasoning Mix! Give it a few more seconds to cook, and it’s done!

Try our Aligue Rice recipe here  made more flavorful with AJI-GINISA® Flavor Seasoning Mix!


Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes

It’s not a Pinoy Noche Buena without pasta! Instead of preparing a classic meaty spaghetti this year, let’s kick it up a notch! Try this rich and delectable Fettuccini Meatballs recipe that will make everyone’s forks swirl like crazy. Be ready for second rounds! *chef’s kiss*

Let’s start off with the meatballs! In a bowl, combine onions, garlic, ground pork, and PORKSAVOR® All-in-One Seasoning Mix. Mix well and form meatballs. You may use your hands but make sure that it’s all clean before digging in.

Time to fry! Heat up your pan and pan-fry the meatballs until it’s cooked evenly. Set the meatballs aside, as we make the sauce.

Take another pan and sauté onions and garlic until translucent. Add mushrooms and crushed tomatoes. Give it time to simmer and season with AJI-GINISA® Flavor Seasoning Mix. Add in your aromatics such as thyme, rosemary, and pepper, and allow flavors to marry. Lastly, pour in your red sauce and fettuccine. Mix it all together, add in the meatballs, cook it for a few minutes, and serve!

Try our Fettuccini Meatballs recipe here  made more delicious with PORKSAVOR® All-in-One Seasoning Mix and AJI-GINISA® Flavor Seasoning Mix!


Seafood Spring Roll

Preparation time: 25 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes

Another Pinoy dish that can make any Noche Buena handaan merry is this one—crispy, savory, flavorful—Seafood Spring Roll! Every bite is a delight. It’s easy to eat, and easy to make! Ang recipe na ‘to, parang regalo mo na rin sa family!

Start by mixing shrimp, crab meat, and tofu together—best to use a food processor for this! Transfer the mixture into another bowl. Add bell peppers, carrots, fish sauce, and of course, para mas malinamnam,  AJI-NO-MOTO® Umami Seasoning!

Ready your lumpia wrappers! Scoop in just enough of the seafood mixture and place it on your wrapper. Add in a whole shrimp, then roll it up nicely and seal with water. Repeat the process until you have a nice batch of Seafood Spring Rolls! Allow it all to chill in the refrigerator to keep everything firm and ready for cooking.

When the rolls are ready, it’s time to fry! In a hot pan, fry each roll until golden brown. It’s that easy! Serve and enjoy!

Try our Seafood Spring Roll recipe  made more flavorful with AJI-NO-MOTO® Umami Seasoning!


Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes

And to cap off this menu on a light and refreshing note, try adding this simple and mouthwatering dish to your Noche Buena Menu plan—Cucumber-Pineapple Salad! Slices of tangy pineapple mixed with the coolness of cucumber, it’s a mix that will certainly excite your palate! It’s a fresh and exciting addition to a traditional Noche Buena menu.

Start off by making the sweet-sour dressing. Combine sugar, wine, vinegar, and water in a saucepan. Let it boil until the sugar dissolves, and set it aside to cool down.

Next, grab a bowl and mix your slices of pineapple, cucumber, carrots, red onion, and lettuce.
Add in some mayonnaise, and your cooled-down, sweet-sour dressing. Toss it all well until every bit is coated thoroughly.

Time to season! Add in a dash of salt, pepper, and AJI-NO-MOTO® Umami Seasoning. Toss it some more, top it all off with sesame seeds, and serve!

Try our Cucumber-Pineapple recipe  made more delectable with AJI-NO-MOTO® Umami Seasoning!


Now that’s a Noche Buena feast that can help make your gathering hassle-free and more special! Remember to reward yourself this holiday season with good food and good memories. You deserve it.

For more merry and bright Pinoy recipe ideas, log on to our Cookmunity  and create a holiday feast for the books! We wish you joy!