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  • Too Busy to Cook? 8 Party Food to Order for Your Noche Buena

    We promise each dish deserves a place on your family dinner table.
    by Anna Felipe .
Too Busy to Cook? 8 Party Food to Order for Your Noche Buena
PHOTO BY Michael Angelo Chua for Yummy Magazine
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  • Being the best host doesn’t always have to mean preparing all the food for your holiday spread. Here’s an idea: Whip up your specialties then turn to reliable suppliers to complete your buffet. We’ve rounded up eight crowd-pleasing dishes that you can order. (By the way, we highly recommend ordering as soon as possible to reserve your dish.)  

    Paella Valenciana by Manolo’s, P1,300

    This classic Spanish food is a perennial favorite at gatherings -- and for good reason. It’s a comforting, all-in-one dish that tastes as festive as it looks.
    Call: 957.5739 / 0917.874.6793

    Lemon Roasted Chicken with Garlic and Herbs by Suzie’s Kitchen, P600

    Two things make this whole roast chicken worthy of a spot on your dinner table: flavorful skin and tender meat. It’s so tasty it doesn’t even need gravy! (Note: Orders for December 24 is closed. Orders for December 31 is still open until December 10, 6 p.m.)   
    Call: 0917.854.4566

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    Spicy Porchetta by Manila Belly, P1,650

    This Filipino-style lechon belly roll is roasted for four hours to ensure perfectly crackling skin and tender, moist meat. Take your pick from four sure-hit flavors: original, spicy, truffle mushroom, and kimchi.
    Call: 0977.680.7519 

    Korean Wagyu Tacos by Andy’s Good Eats, P1,750

    You’ve never had Korean-Mexican fusion like this before. Think melt-in-your-mouth diced wagyu beef topped with fresh veggies, then drizzled with spicy sesame-soy sauce, all wrapped in a soft tortilla. This taco works both as an appetizer and as a main dish.
    Call: 0917.525.2072 / 0917.815.8631 

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    Mushroom Truffle Lasagna by Rosita’s Kitchen, starts at P4,000

    Truffle oil and creamy white sauce coat lasagna noodles to give an all-time favorite baked pasta dish an update. Other fresh premium ingredients make this lasagna party-ready, while infusing it with a taste of home.
    Call: 0917.5076330 

    Crab Claw in Crab Fat and Coconut Cream by Pepita’s Kitchen, price available upon request

    No Christmas spread is complete without an indulgent main dish. And while Pepita’s is known for their lechon, their signature crab dish is just as impressive. Called Sipit Sarap, these plump, cracked crab claws swimming in a sauce of aligue and gata won’t disappoint. Make sure to serve it with lots of steamed white rice.
    Call: 425.4605 / 0917.866.0662

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    Caviar Pie by Sharlene Tan, P3,000

    Get the party started with an extra-special appetizer. You won’t go wrong with this caviar pie. It features a layer of herbed cream cheese, a filling of delicate salmon and chopped eggs, and a generous topping of fine caviar.
    Call: 0925.893.8225  

    Sushi by Ta Ke Ho Me Sushi Stand, P449 for 40 pieces, P299 for 24 pieces

    Bring Asian fusion flavors to your Noche Buena by serving a variety of sushi in fun, creative flavors. Our top picks? The Dragon Roll (spicy smoked salmon, mango, and seven spice) and the TKHM Roll (salmon, cream cheese, and bonito).
    Call: 0977.857.8744 

    Read the original article (“Time to Party!” by Anna Felipe and Idge Mendiola) in the November 2016 issue of Yummy magazine. Download your digital copy here

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