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From what used to be PHP 824 to PHP1,039, LPG once again increased its prices last November to PHP 3.10 per kilogram.[1] Fuel prices per liter have also increased since January, marking a total net hike of PHP 13.15 for kerosene, PHP 16.65 for gasoline, and PHP 17.20 for diesel.[2] Fuel hike dramatically impacts the prices of basic commodities. And if this goes on, you’ll begin to wonder how much you’ll need to spend for sumptuous Noche Buena food this year. Will the holidays still be merry and bright amid inflation?

Preparing for the most wonderful time of the year usually means preparing the best Christmas Eve celebration. But how much does Noche Buena food really cost these days? Well, you don’t need to worry because we’ve listed down a few affordable Noche Buena menus that cost under PHP 2,000.

Note: Prices are based on the Department of Trade and Industry’s suggested retail prices[3] of Noche Buena products as of November 2021. Actual prices may differ, depending on the brand, product variant, and whether you shop in a dry and wet market or a supermarket.

Noche Buena Menus Under P1,000

Menu 1 (Total Cost: PHP 634.25 to PHP 763.55)

noche buena food - Under P1,000
  • Lechon manok
  • Spaghetti aglio e olio
  • Cheese sticks
  • Fruit salad

Noche Buena Food List and Cost Breakdown:

  • 1 whole chicken – PHP 150 to PHP 190
  • Pasta (900g/1kg) – PHP 57 to PHP 92.50
  • Olive oil (250ml) – PHP 144.75 to PHP 154.50
  • Cheese (200g) – PHP 47.50 to PHP 66.40
  • Lumpia wrappers (40 pcs) – PHP 50
  • Cooking oil (375ml) – PHP 30 to PHP 37.50
  • Fruit cocktail (836g) – PHP 72.90 to PHP 76.15
  • All-purpose cream (250ml) – PHP 55 to PHP 59
  • Condensed milk (168ml) – PHP 28 to PHP 37.50

Good for six people, this menu includes all the Pinoy Noche Buena staples—but with a twist. Instead of the usual Pinoy-style spaghetti, go for the simpler Aglio e olio, which is both a cheaper and healthier alternative. You can choose to cook your own lechon manok which will help you save around PHP 80 compared to buying cooked lechon manok. 

You can also customize your pasta dish by adding shredded chicken breast from your grilled chicken. The cheese sticks can be a practical substitute for your traditional keso de bola. 

Menu 2 (Total Cost: PHP 715 to PHP 1,000)

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  • Fried chicken
  • Pinoy-style spaghetti
  • Lumpiang shanghai
  • Leche flan

Noche Buena Food List and Cost Breakdown:

  • 1 whole chicken – PHP 150 to PHP 220
  • Cooking oil (750ml) – PHP 70 to PHP 120
  • Pasta (900g/1kg) – PHP 57 to PHP 92.50
  • Spaghetti sauce (1kg) – PHP 60.70 to PHP 84.20
  • Ground pork (1kg) – PHP 150
  • Lumpia wrappers (60 pcs) – PHP 75
  • Carrots (2 pcs) – PHP 12.50 to PHP 34
  • Eggs (10 pcs) – PHP 63 to PHP 80
  • Condensed milk (1 can) – PHP 43.50 to PHP 72
  • Evaporated milk (1 can) – PHP 21 to PHP 57
  • Sugar (250g) – PHP 12.50 to PHP 16.25

Who celebrates special occasions without fried chicken? Aside from the fact that it’s easy to prepare, fried chicken is also a crowd favorite, especially with the kids. For less than PHP 1,000, you can already serve the kids’ all-time favorite, and even add another classic favorite for the adults―lumpiang Shanghai. 

To prevent you from doing all the work on Christmas eve, precook the lumpiang Shanghai filling. Just make sure it’s stored in the chiller before wrapping your lumpia later on. You can do the same for the leche flan, which also needs to be chilled before being served. 

Read more: 10 Ways to Beat Impulsive Buying When Christmas Shopping

Menu 3 (Total Cost: PHP 569 – PHP 675)

noche buena food - chicken sopas
  • Chicken sopas
  • Embutido
  • Puto
  • Caesar Salad (Filipino Style)

Noche Buena Food List and Cost Breakdown:

  • Elbow macaroni (400-500g) – PHP 31 – PHP 75
  • Chicken (300g) – PHP 30 – PHP 60
  • Evaporated milk (300ml) – PHP 40 – PHP 50
  • Carrots (2 pcs.) – PHP 10 – PHP 20
  • Onion (1 pc.) – PHP 5
  • Garlic – PHP 5
  • Cooking oil (250ml) – PHP 25 – PHP 40
  • Embutido (ready-made per piece) – PHP 80 – PHP 125
  • Puto (medium-sized, 20-30 pcs.) – PHP 75 – PHP 100
  • Fresh lettuce (250g) – PHP 50 – PHP 75
  • Croutons (150g) – PHP 120 – PHP 170
  • Caesar Salad dressing (230ml) – PHP 98 – PHP 110

Chicken sopas is definitely a comfort food for most people. This menu is a mix of soup and veggies with a twist of traditional kakanin and homemade embutido. You can choose to fry or steam the embutido, which pairs perfectly with your Filipino-style Caesar salad, too. 

Noche Buena Menus Under P2,000

Menu 1 (Total Cost: PHP 545.75 to PHP 1,181.69)

noche buena food- Under P2,000
  • Grilled fish
  • Vegetable afritada
  • Lumpiang gulay
  • Rice
  • Fresh fruits

Noche Buena Food List and Cost Breakdown:

  • Bangus (1kg) – PHP 120 to PHP 260
  • Cooking oil (375ml) – PHP 30 to PHP 37.50
  • Onion (2 pcs) – PHP 20 to PHP 32
  • Potatoes (4 pcs) – PHP 24 to PHP 62
  • Carrots (2 pcs) – PHP 18.75 to PHP 52.14
  • Green peas (100g) – PHP 11.50
  • Tomato sauce (500g) – PHP 34.50 to PHP 45.10
  • Sitaw (1 small bundle) – PHP 10 to PHP 32.50
  • Cabbage (1 head) – PHP 35 to PHP 133
  • Lumpia wrappers (20 pcs) – PHP 25
  • Regular/Well-milled rice (1kg) – PHP 27 to PHP 60.95
  • Carabao mangoes (1.5kg) – PHP 150 to PHP 360
  • Papaya (1kg) – PHP 40 to PHP 70

Filipinos are now encouraged to practice social distancing from salty and fatty foods.[4] So this healthy Noche Buena menu is a good way to get the family to share classic and delicious Filipino dishes together. It’s a balance of vegetables, meat, and fruits that can be enjoyed by everyone. 

Menu 2 (Total Cost: PHP 981.50 to PHP 1,330.45)

noche buena food - Under P2,000
  • Grilled pork belly
  • Grilled chicken
  • Rice
  • Buttered corn and carrots
  • Mango float

Noche Buena Food List and Cost Breakdown:

  • Pork belly (1kg) – PHP 330 to PHP 420
  • 1 whole chicken – PHP 150 to PHP 220
  • Regular/Well-milled rice (1kg) – PHP 27 to PHP 60.95
  • Whole kernel corn (850g) – PHP 59
  • Carrots (500g) – PHP 40 to PHP 69.50
  • Carabao mangoes (2 pcs) – PHP 50 to PHP 120
  • All-purpose cream (two 250ml packs) – PHP 110 to PHP 118
  • Condensed milk (two 300ml cans) – PHP 61.50 to PHP 109
  • Graham crackers (two 200g packs) – PHP 75
  • Crushed grahams (two 200g packs) – PHP 79

Feel like having a grill party at home during Christmas Eve? Yes, you can with a budget of less than PHP 1,500! Feast on grilled meats to your heart’s content without worrying about wrecking your holiday budget.

Menu 3 (Total Cost: PHP 1,211.90 to PHP 1,716.59)

noche buena food - Under P2,000
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  • Rellenong bangus
  • Chicken afritada
  • Lechon kawali
  • Rice
  • Fruit cocktail float

Noche Buena Food List and Cost Breakdown:

  • Bangus (1kg) – PHP 120 to PHP 260
  • Lemon (1 pc) – PHP 25 to PHP 30
  • Onion (2 pcs) – PHP 20 to PHP 32
  • Carrot (3 pcs) – PHP 18.75 to PHP 52.14
  • Green peas (225g) – PHP 19.75
  • Raisins (100g) – PHP 41.50 to PHP 46.50
  • All-purpose flour (200g) – PHP 21.50
  • 1 whole chicken – PHP 150 to PHP 220
  • Potatoes (4 pcs) – PHP 24 to PHP 62
  • Tomato sauce (500g) – PHP 34.50 to 45.10
  • Cooking oil (750ml) – PHP 70 to PHP 120
  • Pork belly (1kg) – PHP 330 to PHP 420
  • Regular/Well-milled rice (1kg) – PHP 27 to PHP 60.95
  • Fruit cocktail (836g) – PHP 72.90 to PHP 76.15
  • All-purpose cream (250ml) – PHP 55 to PHP 59
  • Condensed milk (168ml) – PHP 28 to PHP 37.50
  • Graham crackers (two 200g packs) – PHP 75
  • Crushed grahams (two 200g packs) – PHP 79

This affordable Noche Buena menu is for families who prefer to share different meat-based dishes (fish, chicken, and pork) on the dining table on Christmas Eve. Even so, your budget won’t exceed PHP 2,000, especially if you buy cheaper meat products from a wet market instead of a supermarket.

Read more: Noche Buena Shopping Tips to Stretch Your Holiday Budget

Menu 4 (Total Cost: PHP 834.80 to PHP 1,590.18)

noche buena food- Under P2,000
  • Ham
  • Pandesal with cheese/sandwich spread
  • Classic macaroni salad
  • Fresh fruits

Noche Buena Food List and Cost Breakdown:

  • Fiesta ham/Pear-shaped ham/Jamon de bola (1kg) – PHP 299 to PHP 569
  • Pandesal (30 pcs) – PHP 60 to PHP 90
  • Cheese (440g) – PHP 129.50 to PHP 205
  • Sandwich spread (220g) – PHP 52.50 to PHP 99.80
  • Salad macaroni (200g) – PHP 32.50 to PHP 36.65
  • Mayonnaise (470ml) – PHP 95.05 to PHP 196.35
  • Carrot (1 pc) – PHP 6.25 to PHP 17.38
  • Onion (1 pc) – PHP 10 to PHP 16
  • Carabao mangoes (1.5kg) – PHP 150 to PHP 360

Don’t have the time or patience to cook for Noche Buena this Christmas? This simple menu is perfect for you! No need to sweat it out in the kitchen—just assemble the ingredients and in minutes, they’re ready to serve.

This Noche Buena menu could be cheaper if you received a free Christmas ham from your employer. Otherwise, consider more affordable alternatives to ham such as meatloaf or luncheon meat.

Menu 5 (Total Cost: PHP 1,133 to PHP 1,611)

noche buena food - pancit bihon guisado
  • Pancit bihon guisado
  • Crispy pata
  • Bulalo
  • Macaroni salad

Noche Buena Food List and Cost Breakdown:

  • Pancit bihon (1kg) – PHP 50 – PHP 75
  • Chorizo (2 pcs.) – PHP 30 – PHP 55
  • Chicken breast (500g) PHP 75 – PHP 120
  • Carrots (2pcs.) – PHP 15 – PHP 30
  • Cabbage (250g) – PHP 20 – PHP 40
  • Onion – PHP 10
  • Garlic – PHP 10
  • Pork pata / leg (1pc.) – PHP 350 – PHP 425
  • Cooking oil (750ml) – PHP 70 to PHP 120
  • Beef shanks / beef bulalo (1kg) – PHP 250 – PHP 320
  • Elbow macaroni (400-500g) – PHP 31 – PHP 75
  • Mayonnaise (470ml) – PHP 95 to PHP 196
  • All-purpose cream (250ml) – PHP 55 to PHP 59
  • Fruit cocktail (836g) – PHP 72 to PHP 76

This Noche Buena Menu is a mix of chicken, pork, and beef served in different styles. Pancit guisado, crispy pata, and beef bulalo are three popular Filipino dishes that will perfectly satisfy your family’s palate. You can add corn and other leafy vegetables to your classic bulalo as extenders. But the hot broth and tender meat can already fill and warm up tummies on a cold Christmas Eve. 

Menu 6 (Total Cost: PHP 1,415 to PHP 2,000)

noche buena food - samgyupsal
  • Home samgyupsal
  • Grilled shrimp
  • Fresh fruits

Noche Buena Food List and Cost Breakdown:

  • Pork samgyupsal (500g), not marinated – PHP 270 – PHP 350
  • Beef samgyupsal (500g), not marinated – PHP 250 – PHP 320
  • Bulgogi sauce marinade (500g) – PHP 120 – PHP 160
  • Samjang Korean Paste (170g) – PHP 65 – PHP 90
  • Potato tots (250g) – PHP 60 – PHP 85
  • Romaine lettuce (500g) – PHP 90 – PHP 130
  • Enoki mushroom (200g) – PHP 60 – PHP 85
  • Shrimp (1kg) – PHP 320 – PHP 450
  • Banana (1kg) – PHP 70 – PHP 120
  • Apples (5pcs) – PHP 50 – PHP 120
  • Kiat kiat (1 pack) – PHP 60 – PHP 90

Samgyupsal is always a good idea, especially if you want a wonderful indoor grilling experience with your loved ones this Christmas. There’s no need to go out to a restaurant because you can now  enjoy this popular Korean dish at home. All you need is a griller and prepped samgyupsal ingredients. In short, you don’t need to do a lot of cooking for this Noche Buena menu. 

There are marinated samgyupsal meats that you can buy at grocery stores and on online marketplaces. However, you can save more by marinating your own meats in bulgogi sauce, which you can also use on the meats while they’re grilling.  

Read more: 8 Christmas Saving Tips to Enjoy Your Quarantine Holidays

Final Thoughts

Planning your Noche Buena menu should not stress you out. More than the budget, think about what you and your loved ones can enjoy and share together without having to spend more. Ask your family if they have any food requests or cravings, or come up with your own list of dishes to prepare. 

While you’re at it, make your Noche Buena dishes as colorful as possible to go with the fun and festive holiday spirit. And remember, Christmas is not just about fancy dinners and expensive gifts. Christmas is a celebration of the birth of Christ, and also a time for spiritual reflection. 

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