I love lechon (roast pig) so much. I mean, I really really love it. Thinking about it now makes my mouth water.
Cebu is the lechon capital of the country. From Dubai, we traveled to Cebu to spend time with Rod’s parents. His dad is based there so he knew where to go to satisfy my lechon cravings.
We went to 3 lechon restaurants:
Cebu”s Original Lechon Belly. Located at SM City Cebu, this was our first stop. We had both the original (Php 560/kilo) and spicy (Php 600/kilo) versions, plus puso (rice).
I liked the orignal flavour better than the spicy variety. I wish it was spicier as I have a high threshold.
Zubuchon. Also located in SM City Cebu, we bought a kilo for take out. The place was packed when we got there, full of locals and tourists alike. The lechon tasted so good. I remember making happy sounds.
The meat is packed with flavourful herbs and was so delicious, I didn’t even need any sauce for it.
Cnt Lechon. On our 3rd day in Cebu, we headed to Ayala Center food court to try out Cnt Lechon. The meat was juicy and melts in your mouth, and the skin oh so crispy. For me, this is the best tasting lechon. Not too salty but so flavourful! It was also reasonably priced at Php 750/kilo (good for 4-6 pax).
I was also amazed at how the skinny young lady chopped a whole pig using a giant knife with ease. She’s got skills!
Dip it in the soy sauce & vinegar combo, matched with ice cold Coke, and you’re on your way to a great meal.
The best thing about lechon Cebu is that there is no, or very little, fat on the meat!
Tony Bourdain was right. It really is worth flying all the way to Cebu for.