Holiday Ham by CDO

Oh Chef Rob Pengson…. One of the reasons why I was so excited to attend the Holiday Ham event last saturday.  He didn’t disappoint.  Not only was he very nice, he was very acommodating and warm too!  But, it’s really not just about cute chef Rob Pengson.  The star of the event is definitely the December offering of CDO, Holiday Ham: The Premium-Cut Ham.

Ham is a must have in our Noche Buena feast.  I’m especially excited for a great Christmas celebration this year.  2 big factors: my mom and my fiance.  Having them with me during one of the most important day of the year makes it complete.  With that in mind, we need to have delicious food items on our table for the celebration.

I went so that I could understand what Holiday Ham has to offer.  We had Chef Rob show us a recipe using Holiday Whole-Meat Ham.  He also explained why he’s endorsing the product and why he believed in it.  Everyone was watching intently.

chef rob demo

These are 3 things why he thinks that Holiday Ham is the best in the market:

  1. Holiday Ham is made from one whole boneless meat from the hind leg which is the best cut of pork for hams.  Hind leg ham is tastier and meatier compared to the more common shaped hams.
  2. Holiday Ham is a high-quality smoked ham.  The net marks attests to that.  Only whole-meat ham can be smoked in these nets because if it isn’t, pieces would fall off.
  3. Holiday Ham has no extenders.  The appearance, taste & texture tell the truth.

Honestly, it was number 2 that really gave me reason to think.  I just love how the ham itself needs a net just in order to stay whole.  Not only does it mean that during the process it was almost falling off the bone, but when it gets to our table, it will surely be one of the most tender, moist, and soft hams that we will ever have.

And of course number 3 is important because often times, when it comes to ham, other companies put extenders in their ham that it takes away from the taste of the ham itself.

It’s better to understand those three things by watching the video below:

And this was the finished product.  Such a brilliant and interesting way to serve up ham.  With greens, some nuts, cabbage, and apples.  We were also given portions in our table so we were able to taste it.  To be fair, I really thought that it was delicious!  My mom was actually taking notes of the ingredients as she had planned to cook the same for us.

With ham, especially a premium one like this particular ham, I think you have so many ways to create a variety of delicious dishes.  I think you are only limited by your imagination.  I’ll be learning how to cook real soon, most probably take up some classes, but I think even right now there are some nice ideas that I can think of when it comes to cooking ham.  Of course, you can make ham sandwiches, and maybe even add some ham to our normal noodle soups.  We can add it on to our salads just like Chef Rob did.  Again, so many ways to cook ham I think.

holiday ham recipe

Chef Rob was super nice!  When I asked for a picture, I also introduced my mom and he said, this must be your older sister!  I said, no, she’s my mom. hahaha!  Then when it was my mom’s turn, he told my mom that I must be just her younger sister.  Small talk with the chef, I love it!

Roch and Chef Rob

I was able to take a Holiday Ham home with me.  Just yesterday, my mom was able to cook it for breakfast.  She followed Chef Rob’s recipe and put some lettuce on it.  I just love my mom :)

Holiday Ham is truly delicious and I’m sure it will be part of our Noche Buena celebration this December.  Make it part of your holidays too, I think sometimes you just have to spring for a little extra, especially when it comes to ham.

holiday ham in bag


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  • Anonymous

    Roch, I thought you were making fun of Santa Claus showing off every Christmas season. I love Christmas ham. The last job I had in the United States as a full-time dishwasher in the kitchen of a corporate hospital gave away a choice of a Christmas ham or a Christmas turkey as part of the company benefits of working in the hospital. I usually chose the Christmas ham because it was already cooked and ready to eat. The turkey still had to be cooked and was mostly wasted because we really were not turkey eaters. I would bring the ham to a butcher shop or a grocery store that had the slicer to slice the ham into thin slice sandwich slices or “shaved” is the lingo; I had ham sandwiches until it ran out, stored in the “fridgedare”. Sometimes I would buy “Bush” beans or great northern white beans and add yellow onions with chunks of ham and I had a hot “ham and beans” soup with my ham sandwich.

  • http://rochellesychua.com Roch

    I, on the other hand, haven’t tried Turkey. My fiance actually have a whole turkey given by the company he works for. I, on the other hand, ham! Not complaining but I’m curious too!

  • Anonymous

    Turkey, the bird not the country, is hard to cook. You have to use a conventional oven and it takes hours and hours to cook and you have to constantly baste it with the oil drippings from the pan to keep the meat tender and juicy because as it cooks it dries the top layers or near the heat. Grocery stores in America would cook the turkey for you for a fee or if you bought the turkey in their store. What I would do is ask stores that sell that rotisserie chicken if they can cook the turkey for you for a fee in their rotating machine here in the Philippines, or the places that cook “lechon”, the entire pig, if they can cook the turkey for you. My Happy Thanksgiving words of wisdom. Thanksgiving is an American Holiday when the Pilgrims sailed to America to escape religious persecution from the Catholic Church in England. The Pilgrims were thankful because American Indians taught them how to survive in the new world. Not really a Filipino Holiday. I guess we can celebrate King Philip the great-grandfather of Alexander the Great coming to the Philippine Islands from Mouth Olympus because he needed the coconut trees growing wild to build more ships. Ancient Greeks stayed to grow more things needed by King Philip like rice. Although if you look at real historic pictures of American Indians at the campus library at Harvard University in Boston, Massachusetts; the native Indians in America look like our relatives – Asians or more like Filipinos. My guess is they were Filipinos who graduated from the University of Santo Tomas and went there to populate the area before the Europeans, because the oldest university in Italy was not really considered world travelers.

  • Anonymous

    Turkey, the bird not the country, is hard to cook. You have to use a conventional oven and it takes hours and hours to cook and you have to constantly baste it with the oil drippings from the pan to keep the meat tender and juicy because as it cooks it dries the top layers or near the heat. Grocery stores in America would cook the turkey for you for a fee or if you bought the turkey in their store. What I would do is ask stores that sell that rotisserie chicken if they can cook the turkey for you for a fee in their rotating machine here in the Philippines, or the places that cook “lechon”, the entire pig, if they can cook the turkey for you. My Happy Thanksgiving words of wisdom. Thanksgiving is an American Holiday when the Pilgrims sailed to America to escape religious persecution from the Catholic Church in England. The Pilgrims were thankful because American Indians taught them how to survive in the new world. Not really a Filipino Holiday. I guess we can celebrate King Philip the great-grandfather of Alexander the Great coming to the Philippine Islands from Mouth Olympus because he needed the coconut trees growing wild to build more ships. Ancient Greeks stayed to grow more things needed by King Philip like rice. Although if you look at real historic pictures of American Indians at the campus library at Harvard University in Boston, Massachusetts; the native Indians in America look like our relatives – Asians or more like Filipinos. My guess is they were Filipinos who graduated from the University of Santo Tomas and went there to populate the area before the Europeans, because the oldest university in Italy was not really considered world travelers.

  • Tangt_60

    i have been going around the city malls but i could not find the big net-marked holiday ham just like your tv ads. what the supermarkets sell are the small ones.

  • mage

    how can i be a member of cdo ham holidays?because im interested on selling the products i would like to get a brouchure for the hams..pleassse teach me and i would like to get the price from the factory it self..