The holiday spirit is still very much alive!
After the Christmas rush, people continue to crowd grocery stores as they prepare to welcome 2022. Media Noche—or “midnight” in Spanish—is the time when families would come together to share a scrumptious feast on the eve of New Year. If you can, it’s best to fill the dining table with a variety of dishes to attract abundance, prosperity, and good fortune—as many have long believed.
If you’re looking for food brands to ring in the New Year with, you’ve come to the right place. Here are some restaurants and small businesses that are offering Media Noche staples you’ll surely enjoy.
Esguerra Kurobuta has irresistible Media Noche packages that put the spotlight on its bestsellers. Its trio packages (P1,748-P3,935) feature its Coppa Steak, pork chop, and belly slices. There are also sets like its Porchetta Bundle (P3,760) with porchetta, spareribs, and a pack of soup as well as its Coppa Steak Bundle (P3,148) with Coppa Steak, spareribs, and a pack of soup.
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(In the mood for lasagna? Taste of Sun is top of mind when we think of this comfort food. Its premium baked lasagna (P750/P1,399/P2,099) is made with Australian ground beef, six different kinds of premium cheese, fresh organic basil, parsley, tomatoes, and “a secret fruit that gives it a delectable burst of flavor with every single bite.” Sounds tempting, right?
For its spectacular taste, anyone would be up for some basked salmon. Whisk Asian Bistro Café offers herbed salmon fillet topped with its rich three-cheese sauce that takes it up a notch. Each tray (P850/P1,680/P2,580) comes with buttered French beans, corn, carrots, and peas.
Round items represent money, and it’s not just in fruits. Check out Egg Tarts MNL’s Portuguese Egg Tarts, which you can enjoy in different flavors: classic, ube, matcha, choco, dulce de leche, hazelnut, macapuno, and ube macapuno. Its bundles range from P550 to P3,699, depending on your chosen flavors and serving size.
Another option for round food would be Chef Tavy's munchies. The food brand is offering shrimp siomai, shrimp wonton, and buchi for only P1,200 that can serve up to eight people.
Can’t get enough of poke tacos? The Blue Apron’s original poke tacos feature a brilliant fusion of Japanese, Mexican, and Hawaiian cuisines in a tempura nori shell that can satisfy your loved ones. You can get it in different variants in one box for only P540.
Rice treats like puto are believed to attract good luck, too, as its texture could make it “stick” to you. Check out LogBites that sells puto pao in ube cheese, salted egg, and so much more in bilaos perfect for the entire clan.
Lechon is a must-have on New Year’s Eve—or any occasion, really. Many celebrities have been singing praises to Lechoneria Belly, which offers such in different serving sizes. Be it small (P450/250 g), medium (P795/500 g), large (From P1,595 to P4,785/1 to 3 kg), or a full roll (P5,995/4 kg), its lechon belly is sure to bring delight to the entire clan.
For smaller families, Manilachon could be the best option. Its 2=kg slabs, available in classic and spicy garlic flavors, are “cooked for 3-4 hours to offer the crunchiest crackling skin while serving an uber tender and flavorful meat on the inside.” To seal the deal, it’s then stuffed with fresh garlic and local labuyo. Each pack is already perfect for sharing.
Pantry Project MNL is still accepting orders for their irresistible offerings like Badass Bopis (P1,350), Estofado Tostada (P2,000), Menudo Seco (P1,150), and Pugon Lasagna (P1,550)—each tray can serve up to ten people. They also have a bundle for smaller groups priced at P1,349 (3 pax), which already includes a 500 g serving of Menudo Seco, a 500 g serving of Estofado Tostada, and a 300 g serving of Badass Bopis.
Mutsarap is a hot topic when it comes to pancit as it sells such yummy goodness in bilaos. Available in both canton and bihon, it comes in different sizes: regular (P160/1-2 pax), Bilao #5 (P360/3-5 pax), Bilao #6 (P690/6-8 pax), and Bilao #10 (P1,050/10-15 pax).
It’s a no-brainer why a lot of people love Gianetto Pizzeria—it has something for every pizza lover’s taste and liking. Available in 15 variants, its offerings are priced between P420 to P600. Among the brand’s bestsellers are the Eats Me Spinach, 3 Cheese and Herbs, Truffle Mushroom, and Beer Buddies that are all best enjoyed with some spicy honey. The best part? They’re even accepting orders for same-day delivery.