Queso de Bola is the Filipino term, from Spanish for “ball cheese”, for the Philippine version of the Edam cheese. It is a Dutch cheese in a spherical shape (usually slightly flattened at the top and bottom) and coated with red wax.
Compared to the original version made in Edam, Netherlands, the queso de bola of the Philippines has a harder texture and a saltier flavor profile.
Its festive appearance makes it a favorite dish served during Noche Buena, the Filipino Christmas Eve meal.
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