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15 Best Hams for the Holidays in Manila [2024]

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Looking for the best ham Manila? Look no further! In this blog post, we will discuss 15 of the best hams that you can find in the city. Whether you are looking for something classic or something a little more unique, we have got you covered. We will also provide some tips on how to select the perfect ham for your holiday celebrations. So, what are you waiting for? Start reading now and find the ham for your holiday eats!

1) Sunday Morning

Key FeatureHam with dark beer glaze
Where to Buy

Sunday Morning’s Cerveza Negra pork belly ham is special because of its unusual ingredients. The pork belly makes each slice juicier, and the glaze has dark beer, sweet figs, and savory truffle. There are two sizes: 400 grams for 2-3 people or 3 kilos for bigger groups.

Key Differentiators:

  • Delicious beer glaze
  • Available in two sizes
  • Aromatic truffle flavor

2) Cibo

Key FeatureItalian-style ham
Where to Buy

This Christmas, try something different with a special ham from Asia’s leading female chef, Margarita Forés. Cibo’s boneless Italian-style ham is delicately flavoured with an orange glaze and the spices of cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg. You can find these in select supermarkets or by following their social media accounts for updates on stock levels.

Key Differentiators:

  • Fragrant orange glaze
  • Warm and aromatic with spices like cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg
  • Limited availability in select supermarkets and online

Customer’s Review:

This ham is always a hit during our family gatherings. The flavors are spot-on and the texture of the meat is just perfect. Highly recommend getting this for Christmas! 

Alex B.

3) Säntis Delicatessen

Key FeatureHoney-cured ham
Where to Buy

If you know someone who loves food, this present is perfect for them! It comes from a gourmet one-stop shop that has its own spin on the holiday favorite. Their boneless honey-cured ham is juicy and moist – and great value for money.

Key Differentiators:

  • Smoked sweet pork ham
  • Juicy and moist
  • Affordable Christmas gift for foodies

Customer’s Review:

Love the flavor and texture of their honey-cured ham. It’s a great gift for friends who appreciate good food!

Janna D.

4) Dayrit’s

Key FeatureSmoked ham
Where to Buy

From air-drying to smoking the meat over juniper branches, Dayrit’s Farmer’s produces some of the most delicious hams you will ever taste. Although they are more commonly known for their roast beef and burgers throughout the year, during the holidays their focus shifts to these juicy, glazed hams. But be sure to reserve yours early as only a limited quantity is made each year!

Key Differentiators:

  • Air-dried and smoked meat
  • Delicious roast beef and burgers
  • Limited quantities

Customer’s Review:

Childhood favorite restaurant. Their food has been consistently delicious throughout the years.


5) China Mommy

Key FeatureHomecooked Christmas food
Where to Buy

China Mommy’s cult favorite cooking is definitely the best and it would have been such a tragedy if it wasn’t available this year. But don’t worry, because she insisted that she couldn’t bear to disappoint her fans by not offering her boneless hams during the holidays. They introduced it to their online business two years ago and since then, Linda’s regulars who are obsessed with her Filipino-Chinese comfort food absolutely love it!

Key Differentiators:

  • Homemade ham
  • Cult favorite Filipino-Chinese comfort food
  • With sweet and sticky sauce
  • Available online

6) Adelina’s

Key FeatureChinese-style honey-cured ham
Where to Buy

The Uy family has been in the business of selling Chinese honey-cured ham for over seventy years, and they’re only getting started. Adelina’s hams are a fan favorite, with many customers testifying to the consistent quality throughout the years. The Uys have passed their thriving business down through three generations, proving just how best-selling it is.

Key Differentiators:

  • Sells scrap ham
  • High-quality meat
  • Family recipe

Customer’s Review:

I have purchased from Adelina’s for years and never once have I been disappointed with their Chinese hams. The taste and texture are great, definitely worth the price!

Lina C.

7) The Plaza Catering

Key FeaturePremium baked ham
Where to Buy

Master Chef Gosta Pettersson created the Plaza Premium Baked Ham in the 1960s after Imelda “Meldy” A. Reyes, wife of Joe, suggested he do so. Meldy proposed this dish because she was familiar with what Manila’s elite enjoyed and wanted a show-stopping piece for every Filipino table. Even though it was inspired by Swedish ham that is traditionally served during Christmas time, Pettersson designed it to perfectly fit the Filipino taste: a balance of sweet and salty flavors.

Key Differentiators:

  • Inspired by Swedish ham
  • Perfect blend of sweet and salty
  • Popular ham for Filipino tables

8) Wildflour

Key FeatureSavory-sweet ham
Where to Buy

A popular dish returned every Christmas season, Wildflour’s Celebration Ham uses the belly portion of pork for a delicious meal that can be simply pan-fried. Try it as part of their Celebration Ham Box with Parker House Rolls and Pineapple Jam; or go all out with the grand Celebration Ham Basket complete with Oat Bread, a Pineapple Glaze, and Lamadoro wine.

Key Differentiators:

  • Uses the belly portion of pork
  • Comes with Parker House Rolls, Pineapple Jam and Oat Bread
  • Included a bottle of Lamadoro wine

Customer’s Review:

Wildflour’s Celebration Ham is our go-to ham every year. It comes out so moist and flavorful, absolutely delicious! We’re sure it will delight your guests, too.

David P.

9) Majestic Ham

Key FeatureCured ham
Where to Buy

Majestic Ham is said to be made with pork leg cured in oak barrels, boiled with a seasoning mix that includes salt, pepper, and star anise, and glazed; the resulting ham is has just the right level of saltiness. It eventually makes way to a deeply smoky flavor with a hint of spices before concluding with a slightly-sweet finish. You can place your orders by messaging them on Facebook.

Key Differentiators:

  • Boiled with a seasoning mix
  • Smoky flavor with hint of spice
  • Made with pork leg

10) Gastronomo Delicatessen

Key FeatureSmoked ham made with ham muscle
Where to Buy

This local deli is known for having an A+ handle on meats—from sausages to tapa to bacon, they’ve got it all. This Christmas, they’re also peddling their take on the ever-essential star of the table: Say hello to their Smoked Christmas Ham! It’s on the relatively lean side, being made with ham muscle, yet doesn’t scrimp on flavor as it’s smoked in apple wood and served with a savory-zesty bourbon-citrus sauce. Stocks are limited, so you’ll want to place your orders ASAP by messaging Gastronomo Delicatessen on social media.

Key Differentiators:

  • Applewood smoke
  • Served with savory-zesty bourbon-citrus sauce
  • Limited stocks, order online

11) Cocina Murriel

Key FeatureSmoked ham
Where to Buy

Heirloom Smoked Ham by Cocina Murriel is a delectable dish for anyone who enjoys smoky flavored meats. The 10-year old recipe has been perfected over the years and is now being smoked for hours to infuse flavor into the meat. You can have it as is, with some pan de sal, or even use it in your own recipes!

Key Differentiators:

  • Heirloom recipe
  • Deeply savory flavor
  • Contactless order and delivery available

12) Roma’s Homemade Hams

Key FeatureBoneless ham roll
Where to Buy

This hidden gem of a brand has been around since 1985 and makes an incredible Premium Rolled Ham. What differentiates this ham from others is its juicy, savory-sweet profile with just the right amount of smokiness. Plus, there’s a layer of caramelized fat that helps keep the meat below moist. The ham is so flavorful that you don’t even need the sauce served with it! If you want a sweeter version, try the Sweet Loaf Ham. Or, if poultry is your protein of choice, message them on social media to order their Christmas Chicken Ham.

Key Differentiators:

  • Savory-sweet profile
  • Caramelized fat layer
  • Sweet Loaf Ham and Christmas Chicken ham options available

13) Classic Chef PH

Key FeatureOld-fashioned ham
Where to Buy

If you want a delicious, old-fashioned ham that comes complete with a pineapple ring and maraschino cherry on top, then look no further than Classic Chef PH. Their Glazed Ham is tender, juicy, and has the perfect balance of sweet and salty flavors. The best way to enjoy it is to pair it with their own Soft Rolls, which have a pillowy consistency that captures the ham’s meatiness perfectly.

Key Differentiators:

  • Lightly sweet glaze
  • Pairs well with Soft Rolls by Classic Chef PH

14) SM Bonus Pear-Shaped Ham

Key FeatureAffordable ham
Where to Buy

The SM Bonus Pear Shaped Ham is a classic ham with plenty of fat and its own sauce. It’s an excellent deal when you take into account the low price and the quality of pork meat texture. Even though it could be juicier, the saltiness is perfectly balanced – though it does linger on your taste buds for awhile after eating due to its smoky flavor.

Key Differentiators:

  • Generous fat
  • Saltiness and smoky flavor
  • Pork meat texture is right on the mark

15) Excelente Ham

Key FeatureSmoked ham
Where to Buy

If you don’t mind the long wait, then go to Quiapo for this smoked Chinese ham that sees a long line of patrons during the holidays every single year. Excelente Ham has been in business since the 1930s, earning them a reputation of one of the best hams in the country. Hurry up before the crowd gets to it!

Key Differentiators:

  • Chinese ham
  • Long-standing business since 1930s
  • Highly sought-after during holidays in Quiapo, Manila

Customer’s Review:

Traditional Chinese ham at its best– this is Chinoy ham, sugar glazed and the meat, salty and a beautiful pinkish hue. It come with a sweet sauce to balance the saltiness. The store is near the heart of Quiapo, a Filipino food space selling delicacies and ingredients of all sorts. Jaime Jr.

Ham Manila

It’s no surprise that Manila is home to some of the best hams in the country. With a variety of flavors and textures to choose from, there’s something for everyone when it comes to ham Manila. Whether you’re looking for a classic ham or something with a bit more flavor, these brands will not disappoint. So what are you waiting for? Order your ham Manila today!

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