Though it might sound a little foreign to you, the name “Lechon” is derived from a Spanish word which actually means Roasted Suckling Pig. Lechon is slowly cooked over charcoal to achieve a crisp pork skin while keeping its meat juicy and succulent.
Being one of the national dishes of Philippines, everyone loves Lechon for its thin pork skin that ignites a hearty crunch in your mouth with every bite; think of it as a similar version to the Chinese suckling pig.
This platter takes the centrepiece in most of Philippines’ celebratory meals. You are bound to find Lechon sitting on the dinner table at every wedding or birthday dinner in the country, even for Christmas or Thanksgiving!
Do not be surprised if you find the whole roasted pig presented to you on a platter, since it is a tradition for the Fillipinoes to serve them without being cut or sliced to garner its well-deserved attention.
The leftovers are usually made into Lechon slaw, simmered with garlic, vinegar and liver sauce for an added flavour. On certain occasions, Lechon sauce is used instead.
HOW IS IT PREPARED?
The Lechon is first prepared by clearing its innards and stuffing the body with ingredients such as herbs, vegetables or even rice before sending it for slow roasting. The pigs are then turned above the charcoal for several hours, until their skin turns crisp and the meat becomes tender enough for consumption. The pork skin is usually the highlight of the Lechon, accompanied with the luscious fats found in the meat which makes for a to-die-for experience.
The pork is mostly served with a special sauce, concocted with ingredients such as pork liver, vinegar, sugar and spices as some might find it bland to eat the Lechon on its own.
WHERE CAN YOU FIND IT?
Lechon can be found at almost any family-friendly restaurants in Philippines, since they are made to cater to big family events and weddings. If you are at a village for a homestay, you can also expect to be greeted with a Lechon during your farewell. We all love the Filipinos for their hospitality and friendliness, don’t we?
HOW MUCH IS IT?
Lechons are sold based on its weight, with prices as low as 280 PHP per kilo to around 600 PHP per kilo. The prices are really fluid, depending on where you purchase them. It is highly recommended to share this huge beauty with around 15 to 20 people as it is definitely impossible to finish it on your own!