1. CNT Lechon – Cebu
Cebu – fittingly nicknamed as the world’s lechon capital – has a plethora of options for those who want to indulge themselves in this delectable Filipino treat. From public markets to upscale restaurants, the island of Cebu has an endless array of eateries that offer delectable lechon. And one of the most popular places to eat lechon in Cebu is at CNT Lechon, Ayala Center.
CNT is famous all over Cebu for its affordable, juicy, less fatty, meaty, and super crunchy lechon. While CNT has a few branches all over the city, most foodies choose to come to the Ayala Center outlet due to its convenient location. Here, you’ll find a long queue of people, both locals and foreigners, who are waiting to get their hands on the renowned CNT’s lechon.
Their Ayala Center branch is also surrounded by other food stalls and dessert stations, offering a variety of dishes and drinks that could make your lechon dining experience even more pleasurable. The price for their lechon ranges between 3,000 to 4,500 PHP, depending on the size of the pig. In general, you can order a kilogram of their lechon for about 600 PHP.
Additional information: Address: 4th floor Food Choices, Ayala Center Cebu, Archbishop Reyes Avenue, Cebu City Contact number: (032) 415 8887
2. Jaime’s Lechon – Iligan City
A lot of food and travel bloggers from all over the Philippines have been raving about Jamie’s lechon in Iligan, and for good reason. Not only does it have an extra crunchy skin, but it also has a heavenly meatiness that would taste even better, when dipped into Iligan’s pungent signature vinegar – the Pinakurat. Trust us, the combination of Jamie’s lechon and pinakurat is like a symphony of gastronomic notes being wonderfully absorbed by your taste buds before dancing its way into your stomach.
Plus, the lechon’s skin will remain tasty and crispy, even after enduring a plane ride to Manila. And by the way, did we mention that some people consider the Iligan lechon as the only lechon variety in the Philippines that can give Cebu’s famed pork dish a run for its money?
Additional information: Address: Roxas Ave, Poblacion, Iligan City, 9200 Lanao del Norte Contact number: (063) 223 3173
3. Loring’s Native Lechon – San Juan
Loring Native Lechon, or also referred as Aling Loring’s, has been pleasing taste buds and filling stomachs with their tasty lechon for over 50 years. Their lechon has a crispy and thin skin, with a dark-colored, tender and flavorful meat complemented with a peppery and sweet gravy. As an added plus, they have friendly and attentive staff, making the ordering process a breeze.
Price is estimated at around 900 PHP per kilogram, and 6,000 to 10,000 for a whole roasted pig.
Additional information: Address: 6 J. Eustaquio Street, San Juan, 1500 Metro Manila Contact number: (02) 724 2867
4. Zubuchon – Cebu
Looking for a healthy lechon variety in the Philippines? Zubuchon’s lechon doesn’t have MSG, and quite frankly, it lacks the saltiness and zing that most Pinoys are used to in other lechon brands. But, Zubuchon’s variety is by far the perfect choice for health-conscious Pinoys who want to get their lechon fix without much guilt.
Unlike most traditional lechon recipes, Zubuchon doesn’t use soy sauce and MSG in its ingredients. Basically, their lechon is stuffed with spices and herbs, to create a healthier version of our favorite Filipino pork dish. And to enhance its flavor and taste, the chefs at Zubuchon spray the pork’s skin with fresh coconut juice and gently let it roast until it turns brown.
To make things better, Zubuchon has a variety of other dishes to complement their one-of-a-kind lechon, such as fish fillet with butter and garlic, chicharon, and a whole lot more.
Price for their lechon start at around 500 PHP a kilogram, and 3,500 to 7,200 PHP for an entire lechon.
Additional information: Address: 2651 Villalon Drive, Capitol Site, Cebu City, Cebu, 6000 Contact number: (032) 236-5264
5. Sabroso Lechon – Quezon City
Sabroso’s lechon boasts a perfect golden-brown-colored skin that is already delicious to gaze and stare at. And make no mistake about it – their lechon’s visual tease won’t disappoint you. Salty and crisp, the skin is padded tastefully by a layer of succulent meat and fat, which promises to give you an unforgettable culinary adventure. What’s more, the skin will remain extra crispy, even hours after their lechon was prepared. On top of it all, their lechon has a distinct and unique taste since they use native pigs that are perfectly seasoned with fresh herbs.
How much does their mouthwatering lechon costs? You can enjoy a kilogram of their savory pork dish for 680 PHP per kilogram, and 4,600 to 9,500 PHP for a whole lechon.
Additional information: Address: E. Rodriguez Avenue, South Triangle, Quezon City Contact number: +63 922 841 6220
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6. Balayan, Batangas
Balayan has been making waves in the country’s lechon scene with its annual and convivial “parade ng lechon”. Held every 24th of June, this festive gala will feature dressed up lechons parading in decorated floats and with marching bands for more pomp and musical livery.
Beyond the festival’s fancies and frenzy, their lechon is totally yummy and filling. There are no fancy and secret ingredients to their pork dish, but it will satiate your gusto with its tender meat and crispy skin made flavorful by ordinary spices and herbs. And as the Batanguenos would often say, their native pig lechon is an absolute must have here since it’s whole lot more tender than the typical white swine.
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7. General’s Lechon – Makati
Established in 2007, General’s Lechon was a small, home-based business that flourished into a highly sought-after lechon provider in Metro Manila. While it’s relatively new compared to its competitors, General’s Lechon has made its way in the hearts and mouths of many foodies and meat lovers, thanks to its “Negros-style lechon”.
Praised for its flavorful meat, their lechon is spiced delicately, and seasoned with leeks, lemongrass, salt and a handful of secret ingredients. With its flavorsome meat, you really won’t mind missing vinegar and sauce with their lechon. In addition, it has a thin and supremely crispy skin that makes a nice crunchy sound with every bite.
Price is 780 PHP a kilo, and 4,200 to 8,500 PHP for a whole pig.
Additional information: Address: 2nd floor Petron Dasmarinas Village, EDSA corner Arnaiz Avenue, Makita City Contact number: +63 917 704 8070
8. Carcar Public Market – Cebu
Carcar, just an hour drive away from the city of Cebu, is known not only for its crisp chicharon, but for its appetizing and no-frills lechon as well. Their lechon’s skin is crunchy and brown, with a meat that’s flavorful, tender and juicy. Not to mention, the market’s lechons are extremely affordable and fresh, with charming vendors chopping their lechons right in front of your face.
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9. Lydia’s Lechon – Metro Manila
Don’t like having too much grease on your pork? Are you a cholesterol-conscious Pinoy? Then, you’ll surely love the tasty and not-so oily pork treats at Lydia’s Lechon. Parts of its eye-catching skin are burnt slightly, giving a wondrous flavor that will enhance your taste buds. Even though it has less fat and cholesterol, it still has the ideal amount of saltiness that will seep into the meat.
How much does it cost? Price is 820 PHP for a kilogram, and 6,800 to 12,800 PHP for a whole serving.
Address: Check their website for a complete list of their branches
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