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8. Jiro’s Lechon
Address: Sikatuna Village, Quezon City and at the Salcedo Weekend Market, Salcedo Village, Makati City
Tel. Nos.: 436-0182, 433-6298, 433-1621, (0919) 623-8021
Price: P130 for 200 grams (Salcedo Market); P3,500 for 5 to 6 kilos
Not a lot of lechon makers are willing to sell roasted pig in small servings, so if you ever want a few bites, Jiro’s Lechon’s stall at the Salcedo Weekend Market is your best bet. P135 buys you 200 grams of moist, tender, “Cebu-style” lechon meat, but the downside is you don’t get a lot of the balat in the pre-sliced Styrofoam pack that it comes in. If you like the balat a little burnt and super crispy, you might find this one a little tame as the skin is a tad bit too thin and missing that thick lining of fat. While they say the mark of the best lechon from Cebu is how well you can do away without the sauce, Jiro’s lechon sauce is a must-try: sweet, not too peppery and with just the right thickness that’s perfect for dipping.
7. Sabroso Lechon
Address: 1237 E. Rodriguez Avenue, Quezon City
Tel. Nos.: 725-0711 , 515-8253 , 515-8259, (0922) 841-6220
Price: P600 for 1 kilo; P4,000 for 15 kilos; P4,500 for 20 kilos
Delivery fees depend on the area
Sabroso's lechon skin has a nice golden brown color--lighter in some portions and darker in some areas. Thin, and with a generous layer of fat hugging the salty skin, the skin on the pig we tried was less crispy than the others in this list. Still, the moist meat was among the most flavorful ones, with a strong ginger aftertaste. This lechon owes its flavor to the herbs cooked inside the roasted pig, and it can be eaten without the smooth, sweet sauce.