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Top 10 Lechon in Manila
SPOT.ph did the pigging out for you to find the best roasted pig in the city.
Published on: Dec 16, 2010 - 12:51pm

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Time Magazine named the Philippines as the place to get the "best pig" in 2009 and the famous and irreverent chef, writer and TV host Anthony Bourdain declared that the lechon he tried in Cebu in 2009 was "the best pig, ever."

Undeniably, the presence of lechon at the table of any Pinoy gathering instantly turns an ordinary fete to a grand feast--the sight of a spit-roasted pig, with golden brown, crunchy skin and moist, juicy pork makes it feel like a fiesta. No wonder the late historian and famous food writer Doreen Fernandez once called the lechon the centerpiece of a Pinoy buffet.

Several varieties have popped up but for this list we're sticking to the traditional roasted lechon. SPOT.ph went all-out for pork to see which ones deserve to be on our tables this holiday season (Note: We excluded CNT Lechon and Zubuchon for this list--though widely hailed as one of the best and may be ordered from Cebu--they do not have an outpost based in Manila).



10. Lydia's Lechon
Address: 118 Timog Avenue, Quezon City (921-7002, 922-4665); 49-A Roces Avenue, corner Scout Reyes, Quezon City (376-5173, 376-9016); E. Rodriguez Jr. Avenue corner C.J. Caparas Street, Pasig City (671-9023, 671-9053); 24 Marcos Highway corner Pambuli Street, Marikina City (682-8927, 646-0871)
Price: P750 for 1 kilo; P5,800 for 11 kilos; P6,500 for 14 kilos; P7,500 for 17 kilos
Delivery fees depend on the area

The skin on Lydia's lechon is roasted brown and is wonderfully devoid of oil. If you're the type who likes lechon skin just a little bit burnt, you'll love the flavor of this lechon's skin. It has just right amount of saltiness, but it's the kind that you have to consume right away, otherwise it might get too tough if left to sit for long. Likewise, the pork meat is oil-less, only slightly rubbery, and best eaten when dunked in thick, standard lechon sauce.

Lydia's number of branches and their accessibility also makes it easy to satisfy lechon cravings.

 

9. Jun Jun's Cebu Lechon
Address: Ground Floor DLA Bldg., 32nd St., Justicia Drive corner Bonifacio Blvd., Global City, Taguig (815-9540); Unit KO4 Food Village, Tiendesitas, Brgy. Ugong Pasig City (706-2602, 400-3749)
Price: P175 (good for 3 people); P4,800 for lightweight; P5,900 for middle weight; P6,890 for heavy weight



Jun Jun’s at the Bonifacio Global City is one of the places in Manila where you can get “Cebu-style” lechon and true enough, the meat is tender and moist with salt being the most noticeable flavor. In true Cebu-style tradition, it can be enjoyed without the sauce. The crunch in the skin, though, can be hit or miss—some parts are crunchy, some parts are rubbery, with a thick layer of fat clinging to the roasted skin. The skin can also get a little oily but it comes roasted in an even, nice, dark brown color.

Jun Jun’s also serves dipping sauces on the side: toyo mixed with vinegar and their lechon sauce with tangy flavors. Chopped lechon is always available at their Taguig and Tiendesitas branches, perfect for times you just want your lechon fix without having to order a whole pig.

 

 

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34 Comments
  • mike querido
    Ordered one (1) whole small size of lechon to Ms Kim, to be delivered at my workstation within ortigas center... delivery schedule : march 14, 2014 at around 6 PM... WOW.... medyo makakasabik... sana masarap...
    1 month ago     Reply  
  • GFabie
    Why was this review so hard to eat without my mouth and brain watering? I'm hungry!
    5 months ago     Reply  
  • Lembest
    mouth watering reviews here! here's a new entry lechon as of 2009
    http://www.lembestlechon.com
    6 months ago     Reply  
  • marie
    Jun Jun's Cebu Lechon is the worst lechon I've ever tasted! Sobrang nanghinayang ako sa pera ko. Humingi ako ng sauce, binigay sakin soy sauce kasi ganon daw talaga kinakain ang lechon sa Cebu! WTF! Dapat magsara na sila. Peopls might think that's really how a Cebu lechon would taste. It was a lousy excuse for a lechon.
    7 months ago     Reply  
  • roland_panares
    Hi. For your Cebu lechon needs, please give us a call at 7032133 or thru our Sun mobile number 0922-2819406. We have been silently serving Manila for almost 5 years now and people who ordered from us keep coming back for more. I guess it's about time that we should make noise. Our recipe has been handed down from generations. We deliver door to door within Metro Manila.
    8 months ago     Reply   Hide replies
    • roland_panares
      We are by the way, Manong's Lechon Cebu. Please call us now so we can discuss about discounts. Call us at 7032133 or Sun mobile 0922-2819406. Thank you.
      8 months ago     Reply  
  • Papotz
    visit nyo branch nila sa da fort, tiende or commonwealth.dami masarp na food, babalikbalikan u talaga. may mga veggies, inihaw and sinabawan cla. pero sarap talaga lechon, truly cebu lechon.
    10 months ago     Reply  
  • Papotz
    sarap ng lechon ni jun jun cebu lechon, da best.
    10 months ago     Reply  
  • Paul
    You can also order from Cebu Directly, they will ship you the lechon at the Manila airport and it pick it up from there with an AirWayBill Number. You can order and Pay Online if you wish, or bank deposits.

    http://www.ayerlechon.com
    Oct 10 2012 @ 03:13pm     Reply  
  • alfred estregan
    Bakit di kaya napasama ang Manong's Lechon Cebu? Para lang ba ito sa mga may tindahan talaga? Kasi online lang ang Manong's eh. At super sarp kaya nila. Sa kanila kami kumukuha lagi. Sagana sa tanglad, sibuyas, bawang at 7UP. Parang 7032133 pa rin yata ang number nila.
    Jul 28 2012 @ 03:34pm     Reply  
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  • whole lechon
    i'm looking for a lechon na masarap, at marami at malinis good for 200 people dito sa metro manila... ano kaya ang surefire na masarap na, mura pa? thanks :)
    May 03 2012 @ 08:57pm     Reply  
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  • lechon
    sarap, napa-kain tuloy ako ng lechon after reading this
    May 03 2012 @ 08:44pm     Reply  
  • commander.bravo
    fact about Ping Ping's success - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WrSE3AcKyLo.
    Apr 19 2012 @ 11:38pm     Reply  
  • ricardo yao
    General's Lechon was a disappointment I picked it up in Bicutan and brought it home only to find out the whole pig skin was as uncrunchy as paper.rnrn I called them up and they offered to return half of my money. But just said I will never order from them again.rnrnDo not order this for New Year's or Christmas Noche Buena. Their quality is inconsistent. Plus the Lechon was way too salty.rnrnNever again.rn
    Nov 24 2011 @ 02:33pm     Reply  
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  • rikkabren
    thanks for sharing this!
    Jul 19 2011 @ 08:16pm     Reply  
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  • kitty
    Has anyone read the news about cris native lechon in today's newspaper (Inquirer)?
    Jan 06 2011 @ 12:04am     Reply  
  • angelina
    what nourishes us, will kill us.
    Dec 20 2010 @ 03:00pm     Reply  
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  • lgdua
    Yummy. Kahit saan basta lechon, panalo. Sarap din yung yung Ping Pings lechon...
    Dec 20 2010 @ 12:03pm     Reply  
  • malou hk
    can't believe but i was ctually naglalaway at i look at the pics rawr!!!!
    Dec 20 2010 @ 11:40am     Reply  
  • jaja
    hahaha..bakit ba ang sarap ng cholesterol????
    Dec 19 2010 @ 06:23pm     Reply  
  • jonas
    OOOOHHHH!rnrnAll those choices, all that cholesterol. Kailangan may kasabay na gulay para balanced intake
    Dec 19 2010 @ 01:34pm     Reply  
  • waray
    hindi lang cebu ang may masarap na lechon. masarap din lechon sa tacloban, leyte. di na kailangan ng sarsa like mang tomas, suka lang na may bawang solb na.
    Dec 18 2010 @ 11:35pm     Reply  
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  • anonymous
    Coming from Cebu, I can tell you that Zubuchon is not all that! CNT and Alejo's, they're the real good ones you have to try.
    Dec 18 2010 @ 10:23pm     Reply  
  • hindi baboy ang kapatid ko!
    Mouth-watering and blood pressure-popping list. Sarap maging Pinoy. The best roast pig can only be found in the Phils. according to world-class chef Anthony Bourdain.
    Dec 18 2010 @ 09:14pm     Reply  
  • stitch
    @lilo Yes, meron sila lechon, sa ilalim ng lupa niluluto (gumagawa sila ng pit, may lava rocks). then for flavor aside from being parang liner, yung banana leaves. : ) yum
    Dec 18 2010 @ 12:14pm     Reply  
  • lilo
    @freddy rndiba may litson din ang hawaii? kaso iba style nila sa pagluto. binabaon sa buhangin ata, saka lagyan ng apoy sa ibabaw?
    Dec 18 2010 @ 10:04am     Reply  
  • nooni
    wow... very timely for christmas...rnexpensive pala lechon sa manila, dito kc sa davao P400 / kilo lang ang lechon, and masarap din...rnrn
    Dec 18 2010 @ 09:41am     Reply  
  • freddie
    kawawa naman kami hindi sa pinas... Anyway, my recommend ba kayo in Honolulu area???
    Dec 18 2010 @ 07:13am     Reply  
  • irene
    I'm hearing a lot of rave with MarketManila's Zubuchon from Cebu.
    Dec 18 2010 @ 03:32am     Reply  
  • paul
    You guys should try Poldo's Lechon in Cagayan de Oro. The best! Some family from Manila order Poldo's Lechon all the way from CDO via Phil Airlines/Cebu Pacific
    Dec 18 2010 @ 12:49am     Reply  
  • cris
    hay.. lalo ko tuloy namiss ang pinas. wala litson dito sa dubai..buhuhuhu..
    Dec 17 2010 @ 10:00pm     Reply  
  • cory - kong
    ano ba yan 10pm na nagutom tuloy ako!!!
    Dec 17 2010 @ 09:45pm     Reply  
  • igeramos
    anti-aging diet o pampabata? ingat lang sa pagkain ng lechon. a serving of 200 grams of lean meat and 2 inch square of skin is your quota for the rest of the year.
    Dec 17 2010 @ 09:01pm     Reply  
  • lechon lover
    wala ung prichon?
    Dec 17 2010 @ 05:43pm     Reply  
  • chick
    You really know what list to come up with!
    Dec 17 2010 @ 03:26pm     Reply  
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