Lechon Baboy, A Cebuano Delicacy


Lechón (Tagalog: Litson and Cebuano: Inasal) is the Spanish word for suckling pig. In the Philippines, it connotes a whole roasted pig, lechón baboy. Chicken and beef, are also popular. The process of lechón involves the whole pig/piglet, chicken, or cattle/calf being slowly roasted over charcoal.

Lechón is often cooked during national festivities (known as fiestas), the holiday season, and other special occasions such as weddings, graduations, birthdays and baptisms, or family get-togethers. The lechón is usually the highlight and the most popular dish of these events. It is usually served with a liver-based sauce. However, in some cases, it may be served Chinese style with steamed buns and a sweet plum sauce.

Another version of lechón, called lechón kawali, involves boiling then frying pieces of pork.

Leftover lechón in the Philippines is easily recycled into another delectable dish, called Paksiw na Lechon. Paksiw na Lechon involves cooking the left-over Lechon by boiling it in vinegar making the meat moist and the skin very soft.

Lechon Cebu is a very popular variety of the dish.

The typical Filipino method of roasting involves placing the pig on a spit and baking it on charcoals while wiping the skin with a brush made out of leaves drenched in water and the pig's own fat. This makes the skin "pop" and eventually crunchy.

The pig had always been the center of communal feasts in pre-Hispanic Philippines, and "Lechon" is the normal manner it is prepared, from the remote part of the country where no Westernerners ever seen to the lowland Christianized Filipinos. But only lowland Christians use the word lechon to describe it.



Gie said...

Hey, naunahan mo akong magpost about lechon he, he, he! I got lechon Picture also which i took when i went home lasmonth dyan,i thought to make blog of it. Anyway, u did a good job about this!.. see u around.

bisaya said...

hehehehehehe..sorry about the post..still you could write about the lechon-experience u had..have a nice day!

edward said...

Yammmyyyyyyyy... Ang sarap naman ng lechon. Nagugutom tuloy ako. D'best talaga ang lechon sa cebu. Walang katulad. Subukan nyo rin yung lechoncebu.com. Tasty at napaka crunchy ang balat ng lechon nila. Affordable pa. Try it na!

Tyler said...

Yeah lechon baboy is a cebuano delicacy but not only a cebuano love the taste of lechon cebu. Many people not a cebuano wanted to taste the tasty and crunchy lechon cebu. Coz nothing can compare the taste of lechon cebu. Lechon cebu taste good. The tender juicy meat and crunchy skin was yummmy. Its very delicious. And very much affordable. Lechon cebu is the BEST!

grace said...

Sinabi nyo pa. Basta lutong cebuano masarap talaga yan. Lalo na pagdating sa lechon. Mmmmmmm ang sarap ng lechon cebu. Amoy palang pwede na gawing ulam. Lechon cebu is really really the best talaga.

Ainsly said...

LechonCebu has a tasty, tender and juicy lechon. Its taste is different from the lechon I tasted before. It also doesn’t need sauce to make it tasty. Accomodation is also very warm, they are very hospitable & approachable.
Thanks to www.lechoncebu.com

Nathan said...

Lechoncebu lechon is quite different from the lechon that can be seen in Luzon. You don’t need to have a sauce or gravy.

rodion said...

ano nilalagay para maging crunchy ang balat ng lechon?