Whether eaten for merienda, the main ulam, or as pulutan, the Pinoy pork barbecue is also a party staple in the Philippines. Recipes may vary for the well-loved skewered pork chunks, but when it comes to picking out the best grilled pork barbecue this side of town, its the tenderness, texture and flavor (depending on the marinade) of the meat that counts. Here are SPOT.ph's prime porky picks, ranked from No. 10 to No. 1:
10. Three Sisters Restaurant
Address: Tiendesitas, Frontera Verde, C-5, Pasig City; East Capitol Drive, Brgy. Kapitolyo, Pasig City (631-4431)
Price: P35 per stick
A stick of Three Sisters' barbecue has hefty cuts of pork meat with little fat and the tender and juicy pork cuts skewered like a kebab has a smoky taste. Tocino lovers will love Three Sisters' barbecue because it's drenched in thick marinade, which is almost "tocino-like" in terms of sweetness.
9. Grill Queen
Address: 9 Narra Corner Tindalo Street, Project 3, Quezon City (433-0364); Maginhawa Street, Teacher's Village, Quezon City
Price: P17 per stick
A cheap thrill, Grill Queen's pork barbecue has thin slices of lean pork meat skewered on the stick with little fat. Their version has the expected smoky taste and is moderately tender and grilled just right so the edges are not too charred. This is perfect for pulutan or quick meal stops for the cash-strapped.