This Tablea Eggnog Recipe Makes a Foreign Holiday Tradition More Familiar

December 2, 2018

In the Philippines, eggnog is mostly a word that we hear in movies and TV shows, and it makes sense. East Asians are known to have a lower tolerance for lactose than most, so a creamy milk drink isn’t exactly enticing. That, and drinking a warm beverage (though eggnog can be served chilled as well) during the holidays here is saved for those willing to brave the Baguio traffic.

Extra thicc, so it doubles as a dessert.

We took it upon ourselves to make an eggnog recipe that is locals-friendly, by going for a version (that works both warm or chilled) made with a Filipino-favored holiday drink: tablea. The result is something thick, creamy, smooth, not too sweet, and with a good kick (should you add some rum) to make all of your tito‘s jokes funny. Just pop a Lactaid for the milk though.

Tablea Eggnog

  • Serves: 6 people
  • Active time: 1 hour
  • Total time: 1 hour
  • Difficulty: Easy


drink base

  • 6 pcs. tablea
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup cream
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ cup rum, optional

egg base

  • 4 eggs, whisked


  1. Whisk eggs in a bowl and set aside.
  2. In a large pot over medium-high heat, add tablea, sugar, milk, and cream.
  3. Whisk until tablea and sugar have dissolved and mixture has come up to a simmer.
  4. Take one spoonful of the mixture and slowly pour into the eggs, whisking the eggs continuously to avoid scrambling.
  5. Once incorporated, add back the egg mixture to the pot and whisk.
  6. Cook eggnog until slightly thickened then remove from heat.
  7. Add cinnamon and rum if using, and stir.
  8. Serve hot, or allow to cool and serve over ice.
Bea Osmeña SEE AUTHOR Bea Osmeña

Bea Osmeña is a healthy-ish eater who is just as likely to take you to a vegan joint as she is to consume a whole cheese pie to herself. A former picky eater, Bea has discovered the joys of savory fruit dishes, but still refuses to accept pineapples on her pizza. On the rare occasion you catch her without food in her mouth, you are likely to find her looking at books she can't afford, hugging trees, or talking to strange animals on the street.

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