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4 Traditional Filipino Christmas Dinner Recipes

4 Traditional Filipino Christmas Dinner Recipes


What are the traditional Filipino Christmas dinner recipes?

  1. Inihaw na Liempo
  2. Lumpia 
  3. Chicken Embutido
  4. Macaroni Fruit Salad 

‘Tis the season to be jolly! Once again, it’s time to prepare for Christmas dinner also known as Noche Buena. This is when your family gathers together to bond over a variety of delicious dishes. Because of this, you have to put in extra effort to make it special. Filipinos never let joyous occasions pass without an abundance of food on the table. After all, this is one of the things that makes us Filipino. So get your aprons ready because here are 4 traditional Filipino Christmas dinner recipes to bring out a gastronomic holiday experience to your family. 

Inihaw na Liempo

Pork belly

Inihaw na Liempo or Grilled Pork Belly is a pork dish marinated in lemon and soy sauce before grilling. It is a popular dish served in get-togethers such as beachside barbeques. We all Liempo and with your Hanabishi Electric Grill HLSMOKEGRILL 10 by your side, you can easily serve it for your Christmas dinner! 


  • 2 lbs. pork belly
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • 1 piece lemon or 3-4 pieces calamansi
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper, ground
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • ¼ cup banana catsup
  • 1 tablespoon oil


  • Mix the pork belly with soy sauce, lemon, salt, black pepper, and garlic. Marinade the pork belly for 3 hours or overnight. 
  • Put the pork belly marinade in a bowl.
  • Add banana catsup and cooking oil. Stir well for the basting sauce.
  • Pour oil and grill the pork belly.
  • Baste the pork and flip constantly.  
  • Serve and enjoy with spiced vinegar or toyomansi sauce!


On every occasion, you will be surprised at how the Lumpia is completely devoured within a few minutes. Let your guests sink their teeth into a perfectly crispy Lumpia this Christmas. We’ve got the perfect recipe to help you achieve that. Plus, the cooking experience is made so much easier with the Hanabishi Air Fryer HAFRYER32!  


  • 50 pieces lumpia wrapper
  • 1 ½ lbs ground pork
  • 2 onions, minced
  • 2 carrots, minced
  • 1 ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper, ground 
  • ½ cup parsley, chopped
  • 1 ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 2 eggs


  • In a bowl, mix ground pork, onions, carrots, garlic powder, black pepper, parsley, salt, oil, and eggs.  
  • Scoop about 1 to 1 ½ tablespoons of filling and place it over the lumpia wrapper. 
  • Spread the filling and fold both sides of the wrapper. 
  • Brush a beaten egg on the wrapper. 
  • Perform the same steps until all the filling mixture is wrapped.
  • Load in the air fryer and set to 370°F 
  • Cook until crispy or golden brown.  
  • Serve. Share and enjoy!

Chicken Embutido 

Chicken Embutido

Need to serve a filling main dish? How does Chicken Embutido sound? It’s the original take of Filipinos to meatloaves. The only difference is, this one is juicier and tastier! With the help of your Hanabishi Food Steamer HFS75, you can easily recreate this recipe and serve it just in time for Noche Buena. 


  • 3 lbs. ground chicken
  • 1 large red bell pepper, minced
  • 1 large green bell pepper, minced
  • 1 large yellow onion, minced
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 8 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup carrots, minced
  • ¾ cup cheddar cheese
  • 1 ½ cup bread crumbs
  • ¼  cup oil
  • ¼ cup sweet relish
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper, ground
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  • In a bowl, mix ground chicken, bell peppers, onion, raisins, carrots, sweet relish, cheese, and tomato sauce. 
  • Pour-in the oil, salt, and pepper. 
  • Put the eggs and bread crumbs. Continue to stir.
  • Wrap about 1 to ¼ cup of the mixture in aluminum foil. Repeat this step until all the mixture is used. 
  • Steam the chicken embutido for 45 to 60 minutes.
  • Let it cool down and slice. 
  • Serve on a plate. 

Macaroni Fruit Salad

When looking for holiday sweets on a Filipino menu, macaroni fruit salad your go-to. Don’t forget to serve this Filipino dessert because it’s a guaranteed crowd favorite. Impress your family with its sweet and creamy flavors. 


  • 2 cups elbow macaroni
  • 15 ounces fruit cocktail
  • ½ cup red kaong
  • ½ cup green kaong
  • 6 ounces cheese, cubed
  • 1 ¼ cups mayonnaise
  • 10 ounces condensed milk
  • 7 ounces table cream
  • pinch of salt


  • Cook macaroni in a pot. Discard the water and set aside.
  • Prepare the dressing by mixing condensed milk, table cream, mayonnaise and. Stir well until the texture smoothens.
  • Combine macaroni, cheese, fruit cocktail, and kaong.
  • Pour the dressing into the bowl. Toss until all ingredients are well combined. 
  • Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  • Serve for dessert!

Key Takeaway

There are many traditional Filipino Christmas dinner recipes you can choose to recreate. Check out the 4 we have stated above to make this year’s festivities even more special!    

At Hanabishi, we have all the kitchen appliances you will need to get through the holiday cooking rush with ease. 

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