How Much Should I Spend for Media Noche?
Filipinos always give high regard to traditions and spending for the family’s last meal before welcoming the New Year. No matter the social status, every Filipino dining table teems with good food as families gather together to give thanks for the past year and hope for better things ahead.
With a few days left before the New Year, most mothers out there are now beginning to wonder how much it would cost to prepare the best menu they could serve. Here is GoBear’s guide on how much one would usually spend for a typical yet memorable Media Noche Filipino feast. The list includes prices based on the SRP provided by a famous online grocery store and the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) 2017.
Pancit bihon guisado
Superstition has discreetly influenced what Filipinos serve on festive occasions such as Media Noche. For instance, pancit is a must-have because the long noodles signify longevity. Below is your budget in case you want to serve this dish.
- 4 cups chicken stock – free (from your boiled chicken)
- ¼ cup soy sauce – P5.00
- 1-kilo rice noodles – P70.00
- ½ boneless chicken breast – P80.00
- 2 large carrots sliced – P40.00
- 2 stalks celery, sliced – P20.00
- 1 small cabbage, chopped – P30.00
- Calamansi or lemon – P10.00
- Spices – P20.00
Total cost for 4-6 persons = P275.00
Filipinos love to have something sweet and savory on their dining tables during special occasions. Barbecued pork is a perfect combination of sugar, spices, and other ingredients that blend well with rice. It’s a dish often preferred because of its lower price compared to other types of meat, also because chicken is believed to bring in bad luck when welcoming the new year.
- 1-kilo pork Kasim sliced and cut – P240.00
- 2 liters 7up or sprite (for marinade) – P53.00
- 4 cups soy sauce – P10.00
- 4 cups vinegar – P10.00
- 6 cups brown sugar – P25.00
- ½ cup sesame oil – P20.00
- 2 cups oyster sauce –P35.00
- 2 cups banana ketchup – P12.00
For the dip:
- 1 cup white vinegar – P5.00
- 3 cloves garlic – P3.00
- Pepper, chilli, and salt – P10.00
Total Cost for 4-6 persons = P423.00
Morcon is derived from European roulade, which consists of a beef roll filled with eggs, carrots, cheese pickles, sausages, and bacon.
- 1-kilo beef bottom round – P320.00
- Juice from lemon – P20.00
- ½ cup soy sauce – P5.00
- 12 slices of bacon – P160.00
- 1 medium carrot peeled and sliced – P15.00
- 2 hot dogs, sliced – P15.00
- 1 can sweet pickle relish P67.00
- Cheese- P52.00
- 4 hard-boiled eggs – P20.00
- ½ cup flour – P10.00
- ¼ cup oil – P10.00
For the sauce: Ingredients include onions, garlic, tomato sauce, broth, bay leaf, liver spread, and salt and pepper to taste = P100.00
Total cost for 4-6 persons = P794.00
Rellenong bangus (stuffed milkfish)
Rellenong Bangus is a dish that requires a unique process of preparation. It involves separating the skin from the meat and flaking and deboning the fish. Because of the procedure’s intricacies, some people opt to buy ready-made rellenong bangus, which costs between P150 and P200 each depending on the size. However, if you want to serve something made by your patient and skilled hands, below are the ingredients you should prepare.
- 2-3 pieces medium bangus – P200.00
- Juice of lemon – P20.00
- 2 tbsp. soy sauce – P3.00
- Oil for frying – P20.00
- 1 onion – P5.00
- 2 cloves garlic – P5.00
- 1 large carrot – P15.00
- ½ cup green peas – P12.00
- ¼ cup raisins – P10.00
- 2 tbsp. oyster sauce – P10.00
- ½ cup flour – P8.00
- Salt and pepper to taste
Total Cost for 4-6 persons = P308.00
Lumpiang Shanghai originated in the province of Fujian China and was brought to the Philippines by Chinese immigrants. Today, it has become a staple food on festive occasions like birthdays, weddings, Noche Buena, and of course, Media Noche.
- 1 kilo ground pork – P180.00
- ½ cup green onions – P10.00
- 1 cup diced carrots – P15.00
- 1 cup sliced onion – P10.00
- 2 eggs – P10.00
- ¼ cup parsley – P10.00
- 50pcs spring roll wrapper – P50.00
- 3-6 cups cooking oil – P50.00
Total cost for 4-6 persons = P335.00
Loaded with sweet relish, ham, cheese, and fruit slices, macaroni salad is a hearty crowd favorite that adds color to the Filipino dining table. Although this comes in many varieties, the recipe here does not include any meat ingredient.
- ½ kilo elbow macaroni – P40.00
- 3 cans of condensed milk – P174.00
- 3 cans Nestle cream – P177.00
- 1 medium can fruit cocktail – P70.00
- Cheese – P52.00
- Salt and pepper to taste (optional)
Total cost for 4-6 persons = P513.00
Preparing Media Noche is a tradition most Filipino families can’t live without. It has become a once-a-year opportunity for parents and their children to work and savor the fruits of their labor together. If you plan to serve all dishes mentioned above, it would cost around P2,648, depending on where you buy the ingredients. If the total cost seems too much, then just pick 2-3 dishes or modify the recipe according to your budget. After all, it doesn’t matter what’s served on the table because the essence of welcoming the new year is sharing and enjoying a special moment with the people you love.
Photo of morcon from Yummy
Photos of pancit bihon guisado, rellenong bangus, lumpiang Shanghai, and macaroni salad from Kawaling Pinoy