One year is ending and the next is about to begin, and the best way to welcome the new year is with a table full of food this Media Noche! With a plentiful New Year’s Eve dinner, we welcome new beginnings and a bountiful year to our household. It’s a special time when families reunite and bond together, and you can make it more special with delicious food.
Celebrate New Year’s with these mouthwatering Media Noche food ideas! Keep reading for more!
You know what they say about pancit: it is the key to a happier and longer life! Part of Filipino tradition is to include noodles in our celebrations. This New Year, it’s time to forget about the usual spaghetti and shake things up with pancit malabon.
This delicious dish has different kinds of sauce and seafood toppings, similar to palabok but with thicker noodles. You can also prepare variations that have more toppings such as eggs, veggies, oysters, and calamansi. To get the most of that longer life, make sure you slurp down the noodles for the full flavor experience.
If you haven’t already, get ripe fruits as early as possible before they run out for Media Noche! Ripe fruits bring good luck to the household, especially if they’re round-shaped. In the Philippines, you’ll find all kinds of circular fruits on the table — oranges, apples, peaches, watermelons, and other varieties of colorful fruits.
It’s also believed that if the fruit tastes bad, then the next year might be a bad one. So try to get the freshest and ripest fruits you can find, and make sure they won’t go bad until Media Noche!
The centerpiece of many dinner tables this New Year’s: the Lechon belly roll! This scrumptious dish is slow-roasted in an oven, creating that juicy pork and crispy Lechon skin.
The Lechon belly roll needs a lot of preparation and is not a dish for beginners, but it’s definitely worth the effort. It brings the appetizing flavor of the classic Lechon but is shaped like a lucky circle for the occasion. Tasteful for both the eye and the tongue, the Lechon belly roll is a perfect (and definitely mouthwatering) Media Noche dish!
Another pork-based viand, barbecue is a classic in Filipino celebrations. The grilled pork skewered on a stick will always be a favorite no matter the occasion, so preparing them for Media Noche will surely satisfy your guests’ pork cravings.
Easy to prepare and easy to eat, its simplicity does not make it any less mouthwatering for us Filipinos. For more meat on the menu, add a plate of Filipino-style barbecues to your Media Noche dinner table this year.
This dessert is another fan favorite that could fit in any kind of celebration. Following traditions, the best cake to have in Media Noche is a circular cake because it would bring good luck to the family while also serving as a great dessert! Cakes are festive and usually mark good events like birthdays or other celebrations. Make your Media Noche sweeter with a tasty (and preferably circular) cake!
Other options for dessert include tiramisu and mango float, but the cake should always be a number one priority.
For us Filipinos, the New Year’s dinner is not complete without a sticky rice dish. People say that having them for Media Noche will help the good luck stick to you, or it’ll make family bonds stronger so the family will stick together. Whatever you believe, you still shouldn’t snob a good biko for Media Noche!
Biko is the tastiest among the sticky rice dishes we could have (with tikoy and bibingka at a close second and third!). The combination of rice, brown sugar, and coconut milk cements this sticky rice cakes reputation as the tastiest and the best to have on New Year’s! But if you want that good fortune and plenty of stickiness, make sure you have all three sticky rice meals for your Media Noche dinner.
Festive times call for delectable dinners. With our selection of mouthwatering Media Noche food ideas, your New Year’s Eve dinner will explode with flavor! Get the most of the holidays by making the biggest and most delicious dinner that you can!
New Year’s Eve is coming and the time to plan your Media Noche is now. At Juan Carlo, we are experts at celebrations and festive events. We offer catering services for almost any event you may be having, holidays included! If you want to make your Media Noche as amazing as possible, don’t hesitate to contact us!
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