When it comes to lechon in the Philippines, there’s only one place that comes to everyone’s mind: The Queen City of the South, Cebu. Just a plain visit in this archipelago will not be complete without trying the crunchy, succulent, roasted suckling pig. If you want to satisfy your gastronomic cravings, make sure to drop by any of these best tasting lechon places.
- Alejo’s lechon
Considered as one of the tastiest and crunchiest lechon in the island, Alejo’s lechon is stuffed with lemongrass with the perfect amount of salt and seasoning–just enough to make your mouth water. Its key ingredients are the classic salt, pepper, onions, and garlic. Alejo’s lechon is located in El Salvador Extension, Labangon Cebu City.
- CNT Lechon
This lechon store has a unique taste that has customers coming back for more. Aside from their crispy and perfectly salted skin, the meat is flavorful, well-seasoned, and is packed with herbs and spices which you can taste even to the bones – no need to dip it in sauce or gravy to make it appetizing. Their main branch is located along V. Rama Avenue, and has outlets spread across Cebu.
- Rico’s lechon
Rico’s lechon is probably the first restaurant to pioneer the spicy flavored lechon throughout Cebu. Their lechon options include classic ingredients like garlic, leeks, and other spices to make sure the pig is properly roasted and succulent. Rico’s lechon has consistently made it into the list of top lechons in Cebu. Currently, their stores are located in Unit 3 & 4 Mactan Promenade, Airport Road, Ibo, Lapu-Lapu City, as well as in Mantawe Ave, Mandaue City Cebu.
- Chona’s Lechon
Talisay City, home to numerous lechon stores, and is considered as one of the producers of best tasting lechon in all of Cebu, is also home of the famous Chona’s lechon. Aside from being crunchy and tasty, according to customers, their version of the roasted pig is different from the other varieties, which satisfies the cravings of not only locals, but tourists and foreigners alike.
- Tatang’s extra crispy boneless lechon
If you’re looking for authentic boneless lechon belly in the Queen City, then Tatang’s Extra Crispy Boneless Lechon is for you. It started off as a small stall at a parking lot in Mandaue City, and what makes this boneless lechon different from other brands is its extra crispy skin. The belly is slowly roasted and cooked over charcoal heat. The meat itself is flavorful and aromatic, as well as taste the combination of herbs and spices stuffed in the roasted pig’s belly. Tatang’s is located in Wilson St, Apas, Cebu City.