The 2020 Christmas Food Guide: Where to Buy Food Trays for Hassle-Free Holidays
December 17, 2020
Celebrate Noche Buena while staying home AND helping your local community - check out these tray-based feasts you can order online. By Mary Grace Dimaano The holidays this year are a little subdued, and understandably so with the COVID-19 pandemic and other recent disasters hitting all parts of the world. If you’re looking for other ways to spend Noche Buena while staying home AND helping your local community, check out this list of local, international, traditional and/or new food you can order online. Just because it’s a different Christmas this year, it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy Christmas with your family bubble! Filipino fusion If you’re looking for something Filipino and familiar, order up some pancit from Papa Pancitan! The Moment Group’s recently launched delivery-only concept lets you order different pancit varieties in your choice of size (we’re looking at you, Crispy Pancit Palabok, and Pancit Squid Negra). They also offer ulam and sides like Crispy Pata, barbecue, and even ube cheese balls for dessert. And speaking of dessert, if you want to indulge, check out Lia’s Cakes. They’re famous for their Original Avocado Cake, which you can order in carousel form (assorted flavors). Their Ultimate Cheesecake Carousel also includes local flavors like calamansi, avocado, and mango. Yum. Asian delights If you’re craving Asian flavors, you’ll find more than you bargained for – food from almost every corner of our mega-continent can be had at home, if you know where to look! Check out the following cool picks: Nara Thai for Thai catering trays that let your family eat like Thai Royalty for Noche Buena; Aburi Manila’s torched sushi platters that ride the sushi-bake trend of late; or go vegan with Eat’s Life Manila’s Signature Vegan Bibimbap or Signature Seaweed Pasta. If you’re aiming to assemble a fresh platter of sashimi but are iffy about going to the wet market physically, you can skip the market visit and order directly from JAAM Seafoods Trading. Based in Farmers Market Cubao, JAAM can put together plates of salmon or tuna sashimi; uni; or even massive sushi boats upon request! European options How about looking for Noche Buena inspirations from the Old World? We borrowed our Christmas traditions from Europe, after all – even from Manila, you can get Christmas dinner items that wouldn’t look out of place in Madrid or Rome. You can get a full European course by ordering from these places: Grazing Box MNL for boxes of cold cuts, fruit and cheese that can feed up to 15 guests; A substitute for lechon: Abuela’s Cochinillo (roast suckling pig) with your choice of Paella Valenciana or Paella Negra stuffing, sized for either 4-5 or 10-15 people; and Mama Lou’s Feast Trays to feed a large family with authentic Italian cuisine! Spicy selections If you’re looking for dishes from other parts of the globe, a whole new world of food delivery can oblige you. You can get your Greek fix (both cooked dishes and ingredients) at FETA Online Grocery & Restaurant; kebabs, shawarma and moussaka from Sultan Mediterranean Grill; and your Indian favorites from Royal Indian Curry House (can’t go wrong with curry and naan, right?).