Many Filipinos celebrate the New Year using firecrackers in spite of
the ban because of blast accidents. The loud noises and sounds of
merrymaking are not only meant to celebrate the coming of the New Year
but are also cast out malevolent spirits. Safer methods of merrymaking
include banging on pots and pans and blowing on car horns. Folk beliefs
also include encouraging children to jump at the stroke of midnight so
that they would grow up tall, displaying circular fruit and wearing
clothes with dots and other circular designs to symbolize money, eating
twelve fruits at 12 midnight for good luck in the twelve months of the
year, and opening windows and doors during the first day of the New Year
to let in the good luck.
“Media noche”, is a spanish word that means literally, “midnight”. On December 31, New Year’s Eve (“Bisperas ng Bagong Taon”), Filipino families gather for the Media Noche or midnight meal it is a feast that symbolize to the hopes of Filipinos for a prosperous New Year.
Filipinos believe that we should put as much food on the table for the Media Noche so that next year you will have food all year round. Pinoy Recipe Portal gather from our database of Filipino recipes our recommended Media Noche Recipes for your family.
Filipino Media Noche Recipes:
Celebrate the New Year with these easy Filipino recipes for the delicious and festive Media Noche.
- Arroz Valenciana Recipe is fondly dubbed as Poor Man’s PAELLA, since arroz a la paellahas
more lavish ingredients compared with Valenciana. The major
differences between the two is, the manner of preparation and special
- Bringhe recipe is thought to be a Filipino version of the Spanish Paella and is popular in the northern provinces of Bulacan and Pampanga.
- Mango Float Recipe
is easy to make and very delicious Filipino dessert, a big hit during
Christmas and New Year celebration. Mango float are my family’s favorite
dessert and the ingredients are not expensive.
- Pansit Palabok Recipe is made from rice flour noodles topped with crab sauce, eggs, shrimps, squid, garlic and more.
- Black Sambo Recipe
is a two layered gelatin (you can also prepare a 4 layer) made of
creamy milk and Chocolate. You can use circular shape molds or
rectangular, we used a rectangular shape mold for this preparation.
- Cathedral Windows Recipe is
a Christmas dessert with different colored jello embedded in the creamy
mold. The name obviously derive from the appearance of the dessert,
but some also call this Stained Glass dessert.
- Brownie Petit Fours Recipe. Enjoy these yummy brownies made with fudge brownie mix and coated with chocolate – a delicious dessert.
- Crema de Fruta Recipe, is a soft cake, topped in succeeding layers of cream, custard, candied fruit, and gelatin.
- Buko Pandan Salad
is originated from Bohol Province, it is a favorite Filipino salad
served in almost every kind of party and special occasions in the
- Blueberry Cheesecake Recipe, Cheesecake is a large family of sweet, cheese-based pie. Cheesecakes are generally made with soft, fresh cheeses.
- Cassava Bibingka Recipe is High in Vitamin C and Manganese. Cassava known to have Low in Saturated Fat, Cholesterol, and Sodium.
- Ube Biko Recipe, is a native rice cake with violet yams – a dreamy dessert or snack perfect with a hot brew of salabat (ginger tea) or coffee.
- Baked Bibingka Supreme Recipe is
a baked moist rice cake with a lovely contrast of flavors and texture
from the salty egg and cheese, creamy butter, and crunchy caramelized
- Puto Bumbong Recipe
is the most sought after delicacies at Christmas time. During the
simbang gabi or the Christmas Eve mass, people would line up to their
favorite stalls outside the church just to have a taste of this favorite
- Chicken Macaroni Salad is a favorite Filipino food during Christmas, New Year and Birthday occasions.
- Bibingka Galapong is the traditional form of bibingka made from rice flour. It was originally made simply with rice flour and water.
- Golden Fruitcake Recipe, made from Natural sun-dried raisins, apricots, walnuts, red and green cherries in a sweet yellow cake.
- Filipino Biko Recipe, consists of malagkit (glutinous) rice, coconut milk, sugar, and topped with “latik”
Cassava Cake Recipe is a classic Filipino dessert enjoyed all year round. Cassava Cake
is made of freshly grated cassava, eggs, coconut milk and sugar and
baked in round “leche flan” tin molds or the regular rectangular cake
- This Filipino Banana Cupcake Recipe
makes twelve regular sized cupcakes. The batter mixture is easy to make
because you just stir the wet ingredients together in one bowl and the
dry ingredients together in another bowl, then mix the two and you are
- Lechetin Recipe is a combination of Leche flan recipe mixed with Gelatin. Pinoy Leche flan
is known in other countries as Creme caramel or caramel custard, it is a
custard dessert with a layer of soft caramel on top, as opposed to
creme brulee, which is custard with a hard caramel top.
Chocolate Cupcake Recipe,
Chocolate Cupcakes are the ultimate party food. These chocolate
cupcakes come out very moist and taste really great. A Chocolate Cupcake
Recipe that is very quick and easy to make.
- Leche Flan Recipe, Leche Flan is the Filipino term for the originally Spanish flan de leche, literally “milk flan”, which is a heavier version of the Spanish flan made with condensed milk and more egg yolks.
- Puto Cheese Recipe
– Puto is the generic name for a rice cake made from galapong (rice
flour), slightly sweetened and steamed. The rice for galapong is not
ground dry, but soaked overnight and then ground wet, formerly in large
stone grinders. Fermentation takes place during the soaking, and yeast
is usually used.
- Rellenong Manok or Stuffed deboned chicken
is still an all-time Filipino favorite. Probably the best way to
display one’s culinary skills is by being able to debone a chicken
without breaking its skin.
- Baked Bangus ( Milkfish ) Recipe
is an easy to prepare, convenient to cook and nutritious Pinoy dish.
It’s so easy all you have to do is slice all the ingredients, place it
on top of the Bangus then bake it.
- Chop suey is a popular Filipino-Chinese vegetable dish primarily made up of mixed vegetable with meat like chicken, beef, shrimp or pork, added for extra flavor.
- Rellenong bangus or relyenong bangus (Stuffed Milkfish) is a very special Filipino dish because of the amount of work involved in cooking.
- Humba Recipe is a sugar braised pork belly, another popular Filipino food originated somewhere in the Visayas and Mindanao regions.
- Bagnet is deep fried pork’s meat, the Ilocano version of Lechon Kawali,
also known as Ilocano Chicharon Baboy. Just be careful when cooking or
deep frying this dish, expect a lot of hot oil splashing.
- Pata Tim Recipe is a popular braised pork leg dish similar to paksiw na pata with out the vinegar.
- Crispy Pata dish is deep fried pork legs ( Pata
means Pork Feet in spanish ), a very delicious meal and although it is
very high in cholesterol but with the crispy skin and soft meat plus the
dipping sauce ( soy sauce, combined with vinegar and diced garlic )
makes it irresistible and keeps customers coming back for more.
- Lumpiang Sariwa or Lumpia Sariwa, literally means ‘fresh springroll‘,
consist of shredded fresh vegetables minced ubod ( a palm tree trunk),
flaked chicken, crushed peanuts, and turnips as an extender in a double
wrapping of lettuce leaf and a yellowish egg crepe.
- Bistek na Tanigue with Cream Recipe is comprised of thinly sliced beef cooked in soy sauce and calamansi juice and garnished with fresh onion rings.
- Tinolang Manok
is a simple soup with chicken, ginger, lemongrass, chili leaves or
malunggay and green papaya, it is a favorite home style dish in the
- Arroz Valenciana Recipe, is a typical Latin American dish their version is called Arroz a la Valenciana for Spain and Arroz Valenciana in Portugal the Pinoy version is called Arroz Valenciana.
- Embutido Easy Version Recipe, An easy version of
the popular local meatloaf usually served during special occasions
either cooked as is or stuffed into chicken, pork, or beef
- Rellenong Talong can be translated as “Stuffed Eggplant Omelette” or popularly knows as Tortang Talong (Eggplant Omellete).
- Filipino Puchero or Pochero is a delicious stew made from chicken, pork or beef. Here’s how to prepare Puchero or Pochero the Filipino way.
- Bopis Recipe
is a uniquely Filipino dish traditionally prepared from assorted pig
parts. These assorted parts are usually the heart, kidneys, lungs, and
- Siomai Recipe is
a dimsum of Chinese origin which is loved by many Filipinos. One can
order different kinds of siomai but the base is always pork. The ground
meat should have some fat otherwise the cooked siomai will be too tough.
- Squid Estofado Recipe, Estofado is a variation of the usual chicken or pork, in this recipe we used Squid to prepare this traditional Filipino dish.
- Pork Dinuguan (also
called dinardaraan in Ilocano, or pork blood stew in English) is a
Filipino savory stew of blood and meat simmered in a rich, spicy gravy
of pig blood, garlic, chili and vinegar.
- Igado Recipe is an authentic Filipino Ilocano dish. Igado is like Menudo, ilocano style. Different barrios cook their Igado in many ways.
- Pinoy Style Barbecued Spareribs Recipe, Tender and juicy slabs of pork spareribs coated in sweet barbecue sauce grilled to perfection
- Embutido is a Filipino style meatloaf recipe. It
is one of the most favorite filipino dish. Embutido can be served as
cold cuts; lightly pan a sliced pieces or fried the whole then sliced.
It is also best that you dip a slice of embutido with your favorite food
- Pancit Malabon is a type of pancit that originated in Malabon City, Metro Manila, Philippines.
Pansit Bam-i or Bam-e
is a noodle dish originated in Cebu made with a combination of canton
(egg noodles) and sotanghon (vermicelli or bean thread noodles), and a
number of vegetables and spices, which gives it an interesting texture
and distinct taste.
Paksiw na Lechon Manok, we Filipinos have the popular Lechon Paksiw for pork, here’s the version for the chicken lechon paksiw.
- Camaron Rebosado Recipe
is a delicious and a simple way to cook shrimp. It is the Philippine
version of Japanese tempura except tempura has a light batter and served
with soy sauce.
Sinigang na Manok or Sinampalukang Manok Recipe is
one of the oldest traditional recipes in the Philippines. It is a
flavorful soup, which had a sour broth. It is made of Chicken cooked
with tamarind and vegetables.
Creamy Chicken Curry Recipe is an easy to follow chicken recipe you can serve for lunch or dinner daily.
Beef Caldereta Recipe, is rich tomato-based stew traditionally cooked with goat meat.
- Grilled Shrimp and Lemon Kebabs with tropical Fruit Salsa.
This easy to cook and healthy meal is perfectly seasoned with light
lemon juice and garlic, grilled to perfection with Mango and Cucumber
Salsa as sidings.
Shrimp Gambas Recipe ( Spicy ),
is popular Filipino shrimp dish. Most of the Restaurant in the
Philippines serve this on their menu as an appetizer or a main dish.
Sweet and Sour Tilapia Recipe
– Tilapia is a popular cooking fish in the Philippines. This Filipino
Sweet and Sour Tilapia dish is a bit different than the traditional
Chinese sweet and sour fish dish.