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Lechon in Cebu --the World's Best, hands down.

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  1. horge

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    Lechon in Cebu --the World's Best, hands down.


    Tried it myself several times, and I certainly respect the opinion of chef, author
    and TV food critic Anthony Bourdain, who has a much broader base of gustatory
    experiences to make judgement, and is a self-confessed fanatic for roasted whole pig,
    trying it out everywhere in the world he comes upon it.

    http://anthony-bourdain-blog.travelchannel.com/

    In his estimation, the worldwide "hierarchy" of pork excellence stands thus:

    #1. Cebuano lechon
    #2. Balinese babi guling
    #3. Boriqueño pernil


    His recently-aired episode of No Reservations had him hanging out in Cebu,
    waiting on a slow roasted oinker -- a "magical animal" that had Bourdain just
    blown away like I haven't seen before.

    Maybe I'm spoiled, by so much good food from all over the Philippines.
    Maybe I take for granted, how diverse our country's regional cuisines are,
    that it takes a foreign chef/critic's amazement to remind me how good we
    Filipinos have it, food-wise.

    To Joel (Marketman) in Cebu, who set the feast for Bourdain, you rule!
    To the Cebuano BoGs, my congratulations on some long-overdue recognition,
    I may still like my pig with Tagalog-style sauce on the side, but as far as
    cooking the hog itself is concerned, I think all Filipinos can now fairly brag
    that our Cebu is the champ, the Manny Pacquiao of pig-roasting, world-wide!

    :)
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    #1 horge, Feb 17, 2009
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  2. presidingglock

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    You should try eating it with puso (hanging rice) he he he
     

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    He is my Idol no BS chef i like watching his programs Cooks tour and no reservation.
     
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    there is one episode he did road trip across america in one of the stop was texas. There he hunted and tried all types of guns from m4, mp5. shot gun and a machine gun.
     
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    :eat::eat:

    If you happen to be in Cebu, but can only go to the malls, you can go to the CNT kiosk where they sell chopped-up lechon by the kilo, packed in a box for take-out.
     
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    hhmm.. Cebuano lechon.. meet your rival :) Iligan's Lechon.. heheeh.. i had several visitors here sa Iligan na Cebuano. and we go to Timoga for a swim and some finger lickin good lechon. around 70% have said mas masarap daw sa dito :)) But if you say Talisay lechon.. oh man.. that brings back memories.. i remember just 6 of us eating a small Lechon.. sarap to the bones talaga :) but that was just 1 time.. the other times i tried their lechon in cebu. Delicious.. but ive tasted better :)

    btw.. Sukang Pinakurat originated here in iligan. if you havnt tried it... you're missing a lot.. its native vinegar na may spices. i'm getting hungry... hhmm.. timoga lechon?? heheheheh
     
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    +1 on Talisay lechon, I'm a resident there so I should know. Talisay lechon dipped in pinakurat vinegar with atsara add puso he he I can't think of anything better to eat.

    Sandman_sy, how's Timoga by the way? My mother is also from Iligan and we used to visit there every summer.
     
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    Hey Presidingglock :p a bit crowded still :) daming tao if weekends... whenever i can..i go there for the lechon :) hahahah.. kahit secret2x sa missis.. high cholesterol and all :) hahhaahha
     
  9. horge

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    Bought a bottle of sukang pinakurat last Christmas, but still haven't sampled it.
    I guess I'm-a popping that badboy open tonight.
     
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    Horge, you can also use that to spice up a chicharon.
     
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    Do you guys know what the most lucrative profession is in Cebu?

    Cardiologist.
     
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    Just watched No Reservations. Wow! All the food made me really miss the Philippines.

    I haven't tried the boiled goat head soup yet. Does anyone know what that dish is called? Parang sinigang.

    Anyway, I'm glad Mr. Bourdain enjoyed his trip to the Philippines. He really tried the different dishes, without any hesitation. How I wish more foreigners would be as open-minded as he is.
     
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    Babi Guling!!! :rofl: I didn't know it was world known. I thought it was just a local Indonesian delicacy. When we were in Bali during WS XV, we noticed that most of the restaurants were serving mostly seafood and chicken. I guess being a muslim country pork is not popular. I don't know how they discovered it but Bob Sajot, Eric Cordero and Scooby Yu were able to find this hole in wall that serves Babi Guling. They said it was really delicious and SPICY. It was also served by this old grandmother wearing a "duster" and using her bare hands to shape the Babi Guling into a small mound on your plate. They said this is the traditional way of serving it, with bare hands. Maybe thats the reason why its so good :tongueout: BTW, Babi Guling with Bir Bintang...SARAP! :eat:
     
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    He was with Ted Nugent who is a big pro-gun, pro-police, pro-military rock star.
     
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    have u tried tasting the chili cebu lechon? :)
     
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    i've tried:

    lechon in cebu, davao, and CDO. they all have the same taste..and way better than than lechon tagalog.

    is there any difference i failed to notice? or cebu talaga ang orig ( i don't intend to spark a regional war here ha)?
     
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    i think that is nationwide. pinoys like the good stuff:rofl:
     
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    mas malasa talaga ang cebu... that is if u go to the right lechon place. ako ay isang bisdak and having made a lot of friends in the dorm during college days have made me taste the delicacies of different provinces. mas type ko pa rin ang lasa ng cebu lechon.
     
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    my fisrt time to try the CDO lechon was 8 years ago and i was amazed that they serve the whole lechon. They don't chop it in small pieces first come get all you want style.
     
  20. horge

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    IMHO lang, ha?
    The present inferiority of "Tagalog" lechon is to some extent due to mechanization.
    Mass-produced lechones are roasted on a motor-driven spit, and that is
    very bad for quality. Best to turn the pig as merited by observing the hog's skin.
    Otherwise the skin isn't candy-crunchy nor the meat succulently moist.
    Lack of diligence has spread to hog prep as well, so taste goes out the window too.

    Don't get me wrong, even the soulless stuff sold by "Lydia's Lechon" is vastly superior
    to most pork I've tasted abroad, but we're talking about Filipino standards of excellence;
    the very best of the very very best, and frankly, in that context too many Tagalog
    lechon-chefs have sold out. I do not know if they can recapture what they've lost.

    still... the absolute best lechon I've had was in Hermosa, Bataan, 1977 I think.
    That flawless badboy would've kicked the crap out of all other lechones I've ever had
    (I've had a fair sampling of the 'local lechon' in maybe 11 provinces so far).
    The pork I've since had in Hermosa over the years just hasn't measured up.
    Cebu seems to be maintaining its standards well, despite mass production.

    Although roasted pig would've been standard fare everywhere ...
    Cebu has the earliest surviving documentation of pig roasting (1521 pa).
    Pigafetta kasi mentions how Magallanes' party were served roasted
    whole black pig. References to Luzon's lechon only go back (obviously)
    to the late 1560's, after Legazpi established his base in future Manila.

    The documented, common consumption of pork in early Tundun (Tondo)
    is actually one of the handiest refutations vs. recent claims that Metro Manila
    was originally (and predominantly) Muslim.

    "Balik-Muslim", my butt... :upeyes:
    Terrible, how some try to reinvent our history and culture, for political ends.

    h.
     
    #20 horge, Feb 18, 2009
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