Should you ask any Filipino for the preferred dishes within the Philippines, you’ll definitely get “Lechon” as a solution.

Naturally, the next query is, “the place can we now have the most effective lechon within the Philippines”?. The reply is crystal clear: Cebu lechon is the most effective lechon of the Philippines.

To style the most effective lechon within the Philippines, after arriving in Manila, we took the following flight out to Cebu Metropolis , the second largest metropolis within the Philippines. We landed in Mactan Island, which is near Cebu Metropolis and world well-known for its diving spots. Our solely curiosity was to dive into the lechon.

Whereas on our genuine meals quest to the Philippines, we realized that a couple of years in the past, Anthony Bourdain had additionally visited Cebu to expertise the well-known lechon!

Not solely had been we about to style this Filipino meals delicacy, however we had been additionally following within the footsteps of Anthony Bourdain, ex-chef, TV persona, and well-known meals adventurer.

Let’s dive into the Cebu lechon which Anthony Bourdain described as “the most effective pig ever!”

Desk of Contents

What’s Lechon?

Earlier than we dive into Cebu lechon, let’s take a step again and perceive what lechon is!

Lechon is actually roasted pig. The best way it’s made within the Philippines, is with a complete pig cooked on a big stick over a pit crammed with charcoal.

The pig is ready upfront with seasoning positioned contained in the pig the place the insides have been eliminated. Then the entire pig is cooked rotisserie fashion for 1.5 to 2 hours relying of the scale of the pig. The very best lechon is claimed to be made with younger pigs, between two to 6 weeks outdated as they’re much less fatty.

Cebu lechon is a standard dish ready for particular occasions or fiestas corresponding to holidays, events and festivals. It’s best loved with the entire household as there may be loads of meat to be shared!

Should you don’t have the possibility to get invited to a personal social gathering to share a lechon, discover under a few of the finest locations to have lechon in Cebu and within the Philippines.

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Lechon -whole pig roasting on a pit

How We Discovered Out About The Greatest Lechon In Cebu

Discovering the native specialities is commonly one of the difficult, but enjoyable parts of our quest for genuine meals. On this case, we merely “requested”. We requested the opinions of people that know Cebu Metropolis, for the most effective lechon in Cebu. Identical to in case you needed to seek out the most effective pizza on the town, you’d ask the individuals residing there for his or her favourite joints.

Our search began within the U.S. even earlier than we left to eat our approach via Southeast Asia . We requested Filipino pals residing within the U.S. and colleagues residing in Switzerland, the place to seek out the most effective lechon in Cebu. We additionally related with the highest Filipino meals blogger, Anton Diaz of Our Superior Planet for his suggestions.

As soon as we bought to Cebu Metropolis, we began by asking our Uber driver and our Airbnb host for his or her high lechon suggestions. Our closing affirmation got here from the native Cebu tourism workplace.

After all of the “asking”, three locations saved arising over and over. Under, we current the most effective locations for Cebu lechon, based on the locals!

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Claire and Rosemary with Anton Diaz from Our Superior Planet

Rico’s “Da Greatest Gyud” The Better of The Greatest Cebu Lechon

Rico’s lechon was by far our favourite lechon in Cebu. We had dinner on the Mabolo department location which was not too removed from the place we had been staying.

Straight away, we had been welcomed into an informal surroundings by very pleasant workers. One nice function we observed immediately concerning the house, is you can watch your lechon being chopped up and ready.

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Rico’s lechon Mabolo department

As we had been on the brink of place our order, we had been knowledgeable that they had been out of the “traditional” lechon, and all they’d that night was “spicy” lechon. At this level, we didn’t know that Rico’s had invented “spicy” lechon, we merely went forward and ordered ½ kilo of Spicy Lechon.

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Plates of Rico’s spicy lechon

To go together with the lechon, we ordered a aspect of greens and went with the native restaurant speciality, the “Trio of Seaweed Salads”. This salad was made up of three several types of seaweed (lokot, lato, and guso) all tossed along with Rico’s native fermented vinegar and seasoned with spices. And we additionally had a aspect of garlic rice to finish the meal.

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Trio of seaweed salads

What we beloved about Rico’s lechon was two issues. First, the pores and skin was crispy and never fatty. Completely browned and every chew cracks in your mouth releasing a burst of flavors. The lechon itself was tasty and really tender cooked with a mixture of garlic and leeks giving it the marginally tangy and scrumptious garlicky kick.

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Spicy lechon at Rico’s lechon

The Trio of Seaweed Salads was hearty and an exquisite array of flavors and textures. Having the “greens” to go together with the pork made for a much less responsible pleasure.

The really helpful drink to accompany the lechon is the Cucumansi Quencher. This refreshing and iced drink has Calamansi (a typical Filipino lime) and cucumbers. The right drink to tame the spice and flush away any guilt.

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Scrumptious Cucumansi juice

Once we completed our meal, we appeared round and took inspiration from close by tables ordering dessert. We bought tempted by the home specialty, Oreo Mango Float. Not your typical Oreos, this dessert was made up of layers of tasty Graham crackers, with recent mango slices in between and topped with selfmade cream.

With Filipino mangos listed because the sweetest on the planet, by the Guinness E-book of World Data, you can not go incorrect with this luscious dessert.

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Oreo Mango Float

General, Rico’s lechon is great and lives as much as being “the most effective lechon.” What makes the lechon excellent, is the usage of native and natural pigs. The garlic lechon is sort of distinctive and stuffed with taste. Summed up of their slogan “Da Greatest Gyud”, that is actually the place to go for the most effective lechon in Cebu.

The place

Two areas, Mabolo Department in Cebu Metropolis and on Mactan Promenade on Mactan Island.

A 3rd location is slated to open by yr finish 2016.

Value vary for a Medium Platter (2-3 individuals) of lechon, P310 – P340, Approx.: $6.34 – $7.02 USD

CNT Lechon

With locals particularly these in Cebu recommending CNT, we had been excited to check out their model of lechon. To search out CNT lechon, we needed to go to the mall, Ayala Middle in Cebu.

In our earlier article, 10 attention-grabbing info it is advisable to find out about meals within the Philippines , one of many shocking observations we made is that eating takes place on the mall.

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After watching the “chopper” lower up the pork, we settled in to strive the native favourite, CNT lechon.

On the entire, we loved the CNT lechon. The pores and skin was crispy although a bit of fatty. The pork itself was very tender. Whereas we discovered the lechon fairly tasty, we observed that it had much more bones than meat.

General, the expertise on the mall is informal and many individuals had been taking their orders to go. For scrumptious lechon to go or to take pleasure in in a relaxed surroundings, head out to the mall for CNT lechon.

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A plate of lechon at CNT Lechon

The place

Three areas in Cebu Metropolis

Value vary for a Medium Platter (2-3 individuals) of lechon, P320, Approx.: $6.60 USD


Described as “business” by locals, Zubuchon is definitely very well-known for its advertising and marketing attraction. Nevertheless, it doesn’t earn the title of tastiest lechon from the locals.

Zubuchon was definitively on our “to do/eat” listing, and we had been set to take a look at one the native retailer in our neighborhood.

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From the skin, the restaurant could be very clear and welcoming. As quickly as we stepped in, we had been welcomed by the workers. Straight away we observed the Anthony Bourdain quote: “Greatest pig ever”. Good endorsement although we came upon that Anthony Bourdain talked about lechon previous to Zubuchon opening…

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The menu was effectively designed with nice photos with a big number of native dishes. You’ve got the texture of a extra fashionable restaurant as in comparison with an area meals joints. We ordered the Zubuchon medium platter, and an eggplant salad (ensaladang talong) to go together with it.

Menu at Zubuchon

Menu at Zubuchon

The lechon was good although we discovered it a bit fatty and missing the complete taste expertise of Rico’s lechon. The salad was a recent and light-weight with a barely tangy style.

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A plate of lechon at Zubuchon

General, Zubuchon supplies a contemporary and clear expertise. It’s a good restaurant to strive native specialties past lechon. Although if you’re seeking to have the most effective Cebu lechon, it could be higher to have a look at the choices above!

The place

8 areas in Cebu Metropolis and Mactan Island

Value vary for a Medium Platter (2-3 individuals) of lechon P330, Approx.: $6.81USD

In Abstract

In case your travels take you to the Philippines, you must style lechon and if doable, Cebu lechon. The nice information is that you just don’t need to order the entire roasted pig to strive lechon! You may merely order by the kilo and style the scrumptious crunchy pores and skin with and the distinctive flavors and seasonings.

Don’t fall for the business eating places and advertising and marketing hype. Attempt lechon at completely different locations and make up your individual opinion about the most effective lechon in Cebu. Nevertheless, in case you can solely strive Cebu lechon as soon as, we advocate you go together with Rico’s lechon!

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Scrumptious lechon at Rico’s

Have you ever had lechon or Cebu lechon earlier than? In that case inform us what you consider it and if not would you be taken with making an attempt it?

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58 Feedback on “Cebu Lechon “The Greatest Pig Ever” In line with Anthony Bourdain”

Lechon in Cebu is unquestionably the most effective and should strive! 🙂

Couldn’t agree extra. Thanks for stopping by.

cebu lechon is unquestionably one of the scrumptious meals in cebu. a should have merchandise in your listing!

Couldn’t agree extra, Renz!! Cheers.

I’ve by no means personally tried a cebu meals journey myself however my pals all really helpful it. And after seeing your submit, let’s simply say I discovered my subsequent vacation spot. Thanks a lot for sharing! Any updates although in the event that they’re nonetheless accessible there?

We extremely advocate a visit to Cebu and for the lechon. Comply with this information to a few of the finest locations for lechon and revel in a scrumptious journey. Thanks, Jearlene.

Does anybody even know that the unique lechon purveyor within the Philippines is in La Loma? It is a district in Quezon Metropolis, as soon as the nation’s capital. I grew up on this place and if you’re from some other place and are asking for instructions, La Loma Lechon ni Mang Tomas is a well-liked reference and landmark. These locations you talked about listed here are new and are merely copycats of the unique. Laloma Lechon ni Mang Tomas had been well-known for many years – since early 60’s actually There was no Web to advertise them however I really feel we now have to offer credit score the place credit score is due. Now, there are a whole bunch of lechon locations however I’ll by no means commerce the unique for the extra overrated ones. I’ve to strive Ricos simply so to substantiate your claims that certainly they’re higher than the La Loma Lechon ni Mang Tomas. However I a lot doubt that it’s. I’d say go for the unique….why purchase the duvet when you may get the unique product? Genuine Philippine lechon, that is the place to go!

Thanks for the replace, Ana. Good to find out about La Loma, we’re definitely curious concerning the lechon and can search it out on our subsequent Philippines journey. Cheers.

I second (or third) the Carcar lechon. I had Ricos and it was superb, and really akin to those we bought on the market in Carcar. The fiancé made us get off the bus to strive it since she’s by no means been to southern Cebu earlier than. It was superb and I’d love to match them collectively.
Thanks for the attention-grabbing article!

Superior to listen to you liked the article. That’s humorous that you just bought off the bus to discover Southern Cebu. So glad you bought an opportunity to expertise Rico’s. We haven’t tried lechon from Carcar. Including that to our listing for our subsequent go to to the Philippines. Cheers.

Hello Rosemary and Claire!

It’s nice to listen to you visited Cebu only for the lechon and loved it as effectively. However earlier than Rico’s lechon turned the byword for lechon Cebu to most locals and vacationers, there have been Carcar and Talisay lechon kinds, each of which used to vie for the most effective lechons in Cebu. Fortunately for Rico’s, social media has helped tremendously to its ascent to stardom as its began comparatively just lately throughout the age of social media.

Should you discover Rico’s lechon the most effective, wait till you strive Carcar Metropolis’s model and even Talisay Metropolis’s model of their lechon. These two cities had been arch-rivals in terms of the most effective lechons in Cebu for a few years earlier than the age of social media and proliferation of meals exhibits on TV.

Should you ever get one other probability to go to Cebu subsequent time, take a look at Talisay Metropolis and Carcar Metropolis’s personal model of lechon. Talisay is only a quick taxi or Uber/Seize journey away from downtown Cebu Metropolis. Carcar, then again, is a small metropolis 40 kilometers additional to the south. Carcar is also called having the most effective pork cracklings (locals name chicharon) in Cebu.

Thanks a lot Girogio for the tips on Talisay Metropolis and Carcar metropolis’s variations of lechon. We will’t wait to return to Cebu for the lechon and we’ll definitely test these arch- rival cities out. We respect the information, thanks for stopping by!

OMG! Cebu is my birthplace. Studying via your submit about my hometown makes me proud about it and miss it on the similar time. When did you go there? I went house final August. It could have been good to satisfy different bloggers with our letchon. (wink) If ever you go to Cebu once more. Go to Carcar, it’s within the southern part of Cebu. They make the tastiest and most scrumptious letchon. I actually love your submit.

That’s superior Synz. So glad you loved studying about Cebu. We had a good time visiting the town and particularly the lechon. So many scrumptious choices 🙂 Thanks for the tip about Carcar. We’ll definitely test it out once we are subsequent in Cebu. Thanks to your feedback!!

Seems to be superb and I really LOVE and keep in mind this present from Anthony Bourdain!! 🙂 So cool you really bought to strive the identical roast pig!

That’s nice that you just keep in mind the present. It was fairly an expertise sampling the lechon from the completely different locations. We a lot most well-liked Rico’s lechon over Zubuchon, which they declare Anthony Bourdain declared the “finest pork ever.” Regardless, you’ll not go incorrect with lechon in Cebu Metropolis. Thanks Gabby to your feedback.

I’m a vegetarian. Can’t say something about a few of the dishes. However the juice and the dessert does look yummy 🙂

Pork dominates within the Philippines and lechon is the popular “fiesta” meals. However, you’ll find a number of choices past pork and many distinctive greens and fruits. Glad you loved the juice and desserts at Rico’s lechon. Thanks to your feedback, Neha.

This type of jogs my memory of a luau! I wanna strive some lechon and bought to have that oreo mango shake!

That’s nice that it’s much like a luau. Would love so that you can strive lechon and inform us the similarities/variations. The oreo mango float is to die for. Should you do make it to Cebu Metropolis, do eat at Rico’s lechon 🙂 Thanks Anisa

Oh effectively.. Seems to be such as you had an amazing meal and a good time general. Can’t say something concerning the meal as I’m a vegetarian however I’m curious to seek out out the veg choices accessible there

Past the lechon, you’ll find salads and meat-free choices within the Philippines. Don’t let that cease you from visiting the attractive nation. Thanks to your feedback 🙂

Okay, this seems to be superb. Add to my meals listing once I go to the Philippines

That’s excellent. Please do report again and tell us what you consider lechon. You’ll want to take a look at Rico’s Lechon!! Secure travels.

By no means heard of lechon earlier than, but it surely does look tremendous tasty! Surprise if I would be capable of get it right here as effectively..

You may in all probability discover pig cooked over the pit in most locations, however the lechon in Cebu is the most effective place within the Philippines. Hope you may get to go to the Philippines quickly and check out it out for your self there!! Thanks Brigitte to your feedback.

I’m very tempted to strive lechon after studying your submit! Very informative 🙂 additionally that Oreo mango float seems to be superb!

So pleased to learn Zoe that you’re tempted by the lechon. Rico’s lechon is really scrumptious. The oreo mango float was merely effective way to finish the meal. Thanks to your feedback!

Typically, Cebu Lechon is nice, however while you put a number of plates of Cebu lechon subsequent to one another, that’s while you discover the distinction. After I went to Cebu, I believed my first style of lechon was already heavenly, however my pals simply laughed and mentioned, “Wait ’til you strive Rico’s.” And oh my goodness, they had been proper. Rico’s actually is the most effective gyud! Particularly the suckling pig one. Oh-lala! I’m glad you loved it! 😀

You might be so proper Sarah, one of the best ways to match the lechon is to have them aspect by aspect. Your pals had been completely proper, all the pieces else was merely preparation for Rico’s Lechon. The very best guyd. Recognize your feedback!

Wow seems to be good! Though, I’m a vegetarian, I’ll undoubtedly go on this tip to all my meat loving travellers on the market! Sounds such as you had a implausible meal! I gotta say, the greens and the desert appeared so scrumptious! 🙂

Glad that you just appreciated all of the pork as a vegetarian 🙂 The excellent news is that you’ll find vegetarian choices whereas the meat lovers benefit from the pork 🙂 Thanks to your feedback!

That crispy pores and skin seems to be mouth watering! I must get myself to the Philippines and style this. Now we have spit roast however doesn’t have a look at good as that! Nice assessment 🙂

Thanks a lot. Glad you loved the assessment India. What do you name the spit roast in your space? Certainly, a visit to the Philippines and Cebu Metropolis could be worthwhile. You’ll want to eat at Rico’s Lechon and benefit from the crispy pores and skin and tender meat 🙂

Zubuchon’s proprietor was the who hosted Anthony Bourdain when he shot his “Greatest Pig Ever” Section.

Sure Gavin, that’s true. However the remark was made earlier than Zubuchon eating places opened. Cheers!

Ah I’ve heard about this! I’m curious to strive though if it got here out as a complete pig I’d in all probability freak out haha! You’re making me hungry!

Don’t fear, you wouldn’t freak out on the entire pig. We had been mesmerized by it’s magnificence! And captivated by the style!! Hope you’ll be able to strive lechon quickly and see/style what we’re speaking about 🙂 Thanks Anita!!

I’ll be visiting Manila in April, maybe a pair days in Cebu Metropolis might be so as. For probably the most part, I’ve discovered Bourdain’s suggestions to be spot on.

It’s certainly value a visit to Cebu for the lechon if you’re going to be within the Philippines. Anthony Bourdain did say Cebu has the most effective lechon and you’ll find it at Rico’s lechon!! Please do tell us what you assume after your journey. Thanks John and please don’t hesitate to achieve out with any questions or suggestions as you put together to your journey.

Hiya, That is the second time I’ve heard about lechon and really curious, It seems to be fantastic. We regularly have pig roast cooked the identical fashion over and outdoors rotisserie and it’s fantastic. What I’m questioning is how outdated American pig roast differs or compares to Lechon. I’d think about the spices could be completely different and have you ever had each to match. I’m simply actually curious as a result of I like it and would like to strive Lechon!

You would definitely take pleasure in lechon in Cebu. The large variations you’ll find are within the spices used, how the pigs are raised and naturally the age of the pigs when they’re cooked. Should you make it to the Philippines, do construct in time to go to Cebu. Thanks to your feedback!!

Seems to be superb 🙂 Jogs my memory of Babi Guling in Bali. We noticed these joints all through the island, marked by the simple to grasp signal of a pig on a spit 😉 Tasty as may be I’m positive. However I’d need to fly solo as my spouse is a vegetarian. However not a militant vegetarian, who’d divorce me for going to a sucking pig joint LOL. Thanks for sharing!

Thanks Ryan. Seems to be superb and tastes scrumptious. That’s attention-grabbing that there’s something related in Bali, I’m positive it’s as scrumptious. Given that you’ve a supportive spouse, don’t hesitate so as to add Cebu to your travels plan 🙂 Cheers!

I did see a roasted pig in Bangkok just lately however by no means knew it is named Lechon. It seems to be so juicy and yummy in your pics.Am undoubtedly going to strive lechon wherever I see it subsequent.

Certainly, the following time you see roasted pig, do give it a strive. Can’t promise although that it will likely be pretty much as good because the one from Cebu 🙂 Cheers.

Not one thing I’ve ever tried, although it jogs my memory a little bit of suckling pig in Spain – which I’m mildly hooked on. It does look critically scrumptious

Truly Fiona, lechon does have it’ roots in Spain. In spite of everything, the Spanish did colonize the Philippines. So, if you’re mildly hooked on suckling pig in Spain…lechon in Cebu can have the identical impact!! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

Must admit, taking a look at this, I wanna strive some. Nice write up and dam you, you bought me hungry!

Glad you loved the submit…lol! At all times include a “full stomach” to genuine meals quest…we will’t take duty for starvation pangs 🙂 Cheers. Thanks Danik!!

This jogs my memory of Peking geese in China! I haven’t tried Lechon however I’m undoubtedly tempted to strive after studying this submit. Thanks for the suggestions of the place to strive it, too. Zubuchon seems to be prefer it has some intelligent advertising and marketing methods! 🙂

Thanks Katja. So glad this text has impressed you to strive lechon 🙂 Zubuchon has completed an amazing job with their advertising and marketing, however the pork might be improved! Should you get to strive lechon, please do tell us what you assume. Cheers.

Within the US any sort of meals in a mall could be dreadful. I like how a small purveyor of pig can serve a scrumptious however easy meal in a retail setting. It’s a lesson for us within the US.

You might be so proper Carol, we had been fairly shocked to learn how standard the “mall” is as a eating vacation spot. The standard of meals on the malls is sort of good and certainly a lesson for the U.S. Thanks to your feedback 🙂

We went to Zubuchon with the Philippines TPB and are so upset to seek out out this isn’t the place Anthony Bourdain topped the most effective roast pork!! Haha we had been tricked! Your face seems to be acquainted as we had been in Philippines for TBEX as effectively! It’s good to run into your weblog and see your experiences as effectively! Nice protection on the lechon in Cebu! I’d love to return and check out all these different eating places you went as effectively! Simply one other nice cause to return!

You might be proper, so many nice causes to return to the Philippines. And, lechon in Cebu is only one extra 🙂 Sure, we had been at TBEX, too unhealthy we didn’t meet in particular person, however are at the very least connecting right here 🙂 Glad you loved studying the article. Cheers!

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