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In Which a Sandwich Brings Western Holiday Traditions to the Tropics…

Turkey and Chicken Sandwich with Apple Stuffing on Walnut Bread

It should be noted that the typical Filipino Noche Buena – the feast eaten after Christmas Eve’s Midnight Mass – features ham as its centerpiece.  Even the poorest households manage to grab a few slices of cured pork leg to enjoy for Christmas.  Depending on which part of the country you grew up in, the baked ham glistening with a sugary glaze and infused with the heavenly scent of pineapple and clove will be accompanied by paella or its more rustic local variant bringhe in Central Luzon, braised noodles in Chinese-Filipino communities, or fresh-baked bread in the big cities.

Even among families that have traveled to the West or whose children studied in Europe or the United States, turkey has never figured prominently in the Holiday feasts of this part of the world.  Nevertheless, some local restaurants or international franchises have brought a taste of the groaning boards of the West by sneaking turkey in to pasta, stews, or – more commonly – sandwiches.

Down the hatch!

This year, Starbucks‘ Holiday Menu features a turkey and chicken sandwich on whole wheat bread with apple stuffing as a quick lunch or a heavy snack.

You get savory slices of roast poultry with crumbled walnuts, tart and crunchy apples, on some hefty, satisfying bread.  It’s not enough to make you turn your back on ham, but it’s a wonderfully festive sarnie you can share with a friend or keep to your greedy self to fend off seasonal blues.  🙂



Midge started her career in PR writing at seventeen when she began drafting documentaries for a government-run television station in the Philippines. Since then, she made a career in advertising and public relations which ended in June 2016 These days, she works full time at Philippine Tatler as a features writer under the nom de guerre Marga Manlapig. Aside from what she does for a living and her poetry, she has turned her home kitchen into a personal culinary lab and is currently working on another novel. Follow her on Instagram at @midgekmanlapig.

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