The word "Pasko" means Christmas in Filipino. It's one of the most important holiday in our culture as we are predominantly a Catholic country.
I'm hosting a feast, I say feast because for me every Christmas is a feast with family and friends around the table. Join us for an authentic Filipino meal in a communal setting and a gift to take home.
Expect a welcome drink & appetizer, many Christmas favourite dishes and because it's Christmas I might take the karaoke out for a treat too! Haha!
Lumpia de queso - queso de bola wrapped in springroll wrapper and deep fried until crispy
Longganisa in a blanket - sweet cured Filipino sausages wrapped in bacon
Pancit Palabok- Rice noodle in shrimp sauce. Topped with mackerel flakes, prawns, boiled eggs, pork crackling and spring onions
Mae's Lechon - brine overnight and slow roast pork belly cooked with lemongrass, sprinonions, garlic, onions and bay leaves. As seen on BBC2.
Pinakbet - a mix of vegetables cooked in shrimp paste and tomatoes. It has Aubergine, bitter lemon, okra, butternut squash and green beans.
Atchara - pickled green papaya
Kanin Rice - boiled jasmine rice
Puto bumbong - steamed sweet glutinous rice and purple yam cake topped with melted margarine, muscovado sugar and grated coconut
Bibingka - steamed rice and coconut cake cooked in banana leaves cups
Leche flan - baked milk flan in caramelised sugar