@lunchboxerph on TikTok says don’t sweat it on New Year’s Eve
Round two of the holidays is upon us, which, as Filipino tradition would have it, means that family and food meet again. Regardless of varying traditions, Media Noche is the time for Filipinos to feast and drink their way into January. For some, it’s a second dinner prefaced by a lighter meal. For others, it’s a full-on and meticulously prepared spread with each dish corresponding to a specific wish for the New Year (like luck, prosperity, success).
Still, the fact remains that celebrations this year might not hit the way they’re supposed to. Maybe you (like most of us) are still working through a fridge that's full of Christmas Day leftovers. Either way, there’s a reason to vouch extra hard for Media Noche: your spread doesn’t have to be so hardworking…though preparations can definitely look it. Besides, it’s time to go hard for 2022. Start it off right with quick-fix food ideas you can find on TikTok food accounts like Lunch Boxer.
SPAM chips to start
What do you fill the in-between of dinner and Media Noche? Consider pulutan recipes if you’re serious about greeting the New Year drink in hand. But if snacks you can grab and go with are more to your liking, pass on store-bought potato crisps and try the SPAM chips ahead instead.
@lunchboxerphPerfect snack ‘to while watching movie or baka pwede ring pang-negosyo 😊 SPAM® Chips #Foodgame #NegosyoRecipes #spambrandph #SizzlePorkandMMM♬ Sa Dulo Ng Bahaghari – Steven Peregrina
A vegetarian spin on the classic sisig
Granted pork is one of those non-negotiable Media Noche staples (we mentioned dishes said to bring in luck, and pork is one of them), there’s a reason to explore beyond this for something like sisig. You can have your pork some other way for New Year’s Eve. A healthier swap you could try this year: mouthwatering mushroom sisig.
@lunchboxerphMushroom Sisig 100/10 ⭐️ Super recommended! Ang sarap! #EatsChristmas #HandaangPinoy #UniqueChristmasEats #ShareAMeal #TikTokNamamaskoPo #TikTokTree #LunchBoxer #GlobeAtHomepreneur♬ I Just Wanna Know – Luke Reeves
New comfort food alert: Hong Kong-style fried noodles
While we’re on the topic of food swaps (and while Pinoy-style spaghetti will forever have our hearts), one way you can elevate your noodle/pasta selection for the night is to opt for Hong Kong-style fried noodles. Since anything goes here, too, you’re free to top off the dish with homemade siomai, wonton, or even pre-steamed Hainanese chicken slices.
@lunchboxerphMy own version of Hong Kong Style Fried Noodles. Na-inspire ako sa recipe ni @whatsin.jansplate 😊 #TikTokEatsPH #FoodieTokPH #HealthyOnefor2021 #fyp♬ No Way – Anthony de la Torre & Lana Condor
Lechon belly you don’t have to worry about
Not everything on your Media Noche menu has to be homemade, of course. Lunch Boxer is where you can pick up excellent take-away recommendations, too. How about Tisya’s Pugon’s crispy lechon belly slab—seasoned to perfection—delivered straight to your doorstep?
@lunchboxerphTisya’s Pugon! One of the BEST Litson Belly I’ve tried! #EatsChristmas #TikTokNamamaskoPo #HandaangPinoy #ratingmytakeout #lunchboxer #TikTokEatsph #FoodieTokPH♬ Funk it up – Official Sound Studio
For dessert: turon a la mode
Count us in for two reasons: the recipe for delicious yet uncomplicated turon and the four easy steps even a beginner in the kitchen cannot screw up. We’ll toss in reason #3: you can remix this failsafe Filipino dessert by serving it a la mode, with a DIY glaze or topped with powdered sugar or whipped cream. Work the dessert hard (though, again, very little effort on your part).
@lunchboxerphTuron 2.0 #LockdownKitchen #TikTokEatsPH #ratingmytakeout #foodietokph #tiktokphilippines #fypシ #LunchBoxer #icecream #dessert #rainydaytreats♬ I Want You Back – Matthaios
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