It is said that nothing makes Filipinos miss home more than Christmas - what with the penchant for the long celebration that lasts more than a quarter of the year, and the various festive dishes associated with time spent with family and loved ones.
While those home are lucky to have access to ingredients of their favorite Pinoy cuisine, many overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) have to make do with their imagination. This is why the gift of food would be a great way to welcome a 'balikbayan' and make them feel loved.
But with the preparations needed for a welcome-home holiday feast, it can be easy to forget an item or two. To prevent the hard work of those hosting balikbayan friends and family from being wasted, busy homemakers need all the help they can get.
To ensure that their favorite kare-kare, embutido, Pinoy spaghetti or menudo will be as perfect as their loved ones imagined, homemakers may refer to their recipe book, or write a grocery list to ensure that no ingredient will be forgotten.
Another way they can ensure a perfect Christmas gathering is to use a website such as Knorr Philippines’ "What's For Noche Buena?", which is a recipe book and grocery store rolled into one.
There, one can look for classic recipes and shop for ingredients in one go—no need for manual consultation and listing, and no more long lines at the supermarket, courtesy of easy delivery service Honestbee.
Here are a few recipes on the site which are sure to warm any balikbayan’s tummy—and heart:
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