For Filipinos, the Christmas season is the most awaited time of the year -- and for many, it can get really frantic as the special day draws near. A huge part of it is due to the pressure of arranging a lofty 'handa' or Christmas food preparation.
Embedded in the Philippine culture, assembling a Christmas 'handa' calls for utmost focus and attention to detail. While there are the staple dishes like spaghetti, fried chicken, grilled pork belly, and lumpiang shanghai, to name a few – here are some curiosity-grabbing viand ideas that may steal the spotlight with their unparalleled mix of ingredients and refreshing flavors.
APPETIZER: Calamari tacos
The sublime fusion of this golden crunchy seafood and Mexican tacos would be a delight to anyone who likes to try something new. Coming in as another appetizer, the calamari tacos — customizable to any fiery level — exude a tangy yet zesty taste. You can also add some greens, spices, and even citruses.
MAIN COURSE (ULAM): Pork Roast
After the mouthwatering appetizers come the main course. Visualize this: peanut-crusted pork roast. To further the appeal of your 'handa,' this delectable dish, a modified version of the Philippine favorite 'lechon,' elevates itself with a thin layer of crunchy crushed peanuts and a drizzle of strawberry jam.
MAIN COURSE (CARBS) : Avocado fettuccine with broccoli
For your pasta cravings, the distinctive fettuccine noodles enveloped in creamy avocado paste, topped with broccoli bits, is certified to provoke anyone's palette. With a slight tendency to be insipid, sautéed shrimps in garlic-butter come as the ideal add-on.
DESSERT : Selecta Ice cream
Finally, the awaited portion of sweet tooth sensualists — dessert. This year, Filipinos are lucky to experience Selecta’s contemporary assortment of its Limited Edition Selecta Christmas Collection flavors.
Choco Toffee Crunch
The roster begins with Selecta Supreme Choco Toffee Crunch, where the moist sapor of cocoa melts with the caramelized tinge from toffee. Perfect for chocoholics, the bliss of piling chocolate over chocolate against mild bitterness is easily too much to handle.
Ube Langka Cheesecake
Imagine the luscious make-up of milky ube, tropical langka, and umami cheese blended in one. The Selecta Supreme Ube Langka Cheesecake is a daring combination that will entice anyone's curious palate
Matcha Cookies & Cream
Finally – enjoy the velvety texture of matcha, and chunky bits of cookies & cream with Selecta Supreme Matcha Cookies & Cream. This variant is definitely one for the books, as high-grade green tea taste meshes with the smooth thickness of vanilla-drenched choco.
Available in three variants – 1.3L, 750mL, and 475mL pints – the Selecta Christmas Collection gives families limitless possibilities for personalized top dessert ideas. Truly, a sizeable and meaningful treat for the modern Filipino family this Christmas season.
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