What to Serve During Fiesta – Festive Filipino Foods
What are Filipino Fiestas?
These are yearly events that all townsfolk participate in. Usually, this date commemorates the founding of the town or province, but usually it’s the feast of the patron saint of the city. There are many different ways to celebrate fiestas depending on the region, but a common denominator is the food.
Each household celebrates in small ways. Whether it’s a feast where everyone can eat, or the feast is private (only relatives are invited), the food is luxurious and plentiful.
Here are some of the common foods you can serve during fiesta, and what you can expect if you attend fiestas in the Philippines.
Lechon – This is the best Filipino fiesta dish because it speaks volumes about the financial capacity of the family. One lechon costs around P4,000 to P5,000, which is more than what most Filipino households earn in a week.
The best lechon variants are from Cebu city and Cavite. The skin is crispy and the meat contains more muscle than fat. The ideal lechon is grilled to perfection, with the skin breaking at the slightest touch. Lechon companies spend hours turning the lechon on a spit and slathering spiced water, coconut juice or other secret recipe bastes to make the skin crispy.
Paella - This is flavored rice, usually seafood flavored, and used as a stuffing for the lechon cavity. Many people prefer the lechon-paella combo to the pansit-lechon combo because pansit spoils faster than paella.
Pansit - Pansit in any form (bihon/vermicelli or canton/egg noodles) symbolizes long life. But the main reason this is popular as a fiesta food is that one kilo pansit dish can feed up to a dozen people. usually, chicken skin and flaked chicken breast are added, but some use chicken liver for better flavor.
Embotido - Simply put, ground meat with hotdog, raisins and cheese incorporated. Some put boiled eggs, too. No one can resist the baked or steamed embotido because it’s easy to eat and it can go with anything (pansit or rice). Plus, the household can make these a day in advance and freeze them. Reheating can be done in a steamer.
Ready for fiesta? These are just some of the fiesta foods in the Philippines. You can learn more about these foods by attending fiestas.