Despite the many cuisine influences in the Philippines, nothing seems to beat the appetizing taste of Lechon. The classics just can’t and won’t go out of style! And Filipino gatherings just wouldn’t be the same without the tender meat and crispy skin of this local-favorite. So what better way to prepare for this year’s Christmas celebrations than with an all-time favorite local dish?
What is Lechon?
Lechon is a Filipino delicacy that originated from Spain. Its name comes from the Spanish word leche—which means milk, and alludes to young, immature piglets that were originally used for the dish—hence the term: “roasted suckling pig”.
The dish made its first appearance in the country in Cebu back during the 1920s, and it comes as no surprise that the city is one of (if not the most) well-known place that serves it! Since then, other locales have tried their hand at making their own versions and styles of the meal, offering other options such as Lechon Manok and Lechon Baka. While this innovation satisfies the appetites of those looking for something different, nothing beats the classic household feast.
It takes hours to perfectly roast a pig over charcoal. Visayan lechon, however, goes as far as cooking the pig using charcoal made from the husk of coconuts, which accounts for that familiar smoky flavor. Picture the loud crunch that accompanies each bite of lechon—the lengthy roasting process is what makes that possible; allowing the pig to be extra tender on the inside and deliciously crispy on the outside. If that’s not enough to make you want a serving, I’m not sure what will.
A nation-wide favorite!
From barangay fiestas to birthdays and weddings, it’s a must-have centerpiece to celebrations. Thankfully, you don’t have to fly outside of Metro Manila to eat your fill—you can experience the crunch and full-bodied flavor in eateries conveniently located at the hot spots of Manila.
Ready to order some authentic lechon? Lydia’s Lechon is always a good choice. And if by chance you’re in Cebu, try these restaurants for the best deals near you:
Can’t find your city on our list above? Just type in “Lechon” to find the perfect one to match both your wallet and appetite. Sit back, relax, and order! We’ve got you covered.
Ri Ranjo | Contributing Editor
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