A Look at Philippine Christmas Treats and Traditions Part 2

Here’s the round-up to the unique treats and traditions of Pinoy Christmas:

Puto Bumbong

This treat is found in stalls near the churches where dawn masses are held. It’s a familiar sight with the trail of steam coming out of the bamboo tubes of the steamer where it is cooked. Made from ground rice that gives it its purple color, the cooked rice is then brushed with butter, showered with niyog (grated coconut) and sugar; and is wrapped in dried banana leaves.

Queso de Bola

A tasty Edam cheese ball dipped in red wax. This cheese perfectly complements the Hamon (Christmas ham) and the occasional wine or alcoholic beverage.

Leche Flan

This creamy delight is a concoction of milk, eggs, sugar and vanilla. It is a perfect dessert to end the night's festivities.


Nothing shouts “feast!” better than a lechon (suckling roasted pig). From its golden brown crispy skin to its tasty meat flavored by garlic, onions, soy sauce, salt and other spices. And don't forget the apple in the mouth too.


Have a sip of this Christmas staple and feel the warmth of chocolate counter the cold mornings.

May your stomach and spirit be filled with wonderful memories, Merry Christmas!