De-stress Your Noche Buena Feast Preparation
You can have your Noche Buena feast and still have enough energy to enjoy the meal with your family.
These days, you do not have to spend the whole day sweating it out in the kitchen and stressing over the preparation of food items for your entire Noche Buena feast. If budget permits, you can actually order food-to-go that’s as good as or maybe even better than food that you cook up in your own kitchen. You would find that some of these food items are not as expensive as you think they are. In fact, if you compare the costs, it might not be far from what you would spend buying your own ingredients – of course, ordering food would cost a little bit more taking into consideration labor and delivery charges. You may choose to order your key viands and complement them with a few of your easy-to-cook dishes. Here are some no-fuss Noche Buena food-to-go options that you can choose from:
1. Chef Jyn Monteverde’s Mediterranean Chicken – this can be a great alternative to the ordinary Filipino lechon manok. The whole roasted chicken is tender and juicy, flavored with an interesting blend of spices that give it a bit of a kick. An order of a whole chicken comes with rice pilaf, eight pieces of flour tortilla, and tomato salsa. The entire package, enough to feed about six people, costs P750 and may be ordered at least a day in advance by calling 622-2521. Orders are for pick-up at 38 Valencia St., Quezon City.
2. King Crab House’s Crab with Sotanghon – crab lovers can have a flavorful dish of sweet and firm fresh crabs cooked with sotanghon noodles. Other crab dishes that are available at King Crab House are the Steamed Butter Crab and the Crispy Salted Crab. These dishes are priced by weight with a rate of P160 per gram. Delivery is free within the areas of San Juan, Mandaluyong, Pasig, and New Manila. Call 723-8820 (San Juan branch) for more information. King Crab House also has branches in Paranaque and in Retiro, Quezon City.
3. O Kitchen’s Lechon Kawali – Fried perfectly in golden perfection, this native Filipino favorite from O Kitchen is sure to satisfy your pork cravings with slabs of pork belly that’s crisp to the bite yet delectably tender in the inside. Every order of this dish comes with an okra-mango salad dressed with homemade bagoong and garlic-onion vinaigrette. O Kitchen also has a list of other native dishes including Fried Hito with Balao-Balao. A whole slab of Lechon Kawali that feeds around six people costs P650 and comes packaged together with a wooden board in a sinamay wrapper. Orders may be called in a day in advance at 633-7958.
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