I am not a big fan of lechon like some people are, but from time to time, I do crave for it. Just like this week. The Man has been wanting to eat some lechon since last week and it somehow rubbed off on me. On Tuesday, I wanted me some lechon and so he set off to get some for the family. This is why I’m writing this post. Haha! What’s awesome is that I don’t have a picky eater son so Kai also eats what we eat and a good-tasting lechon is something that he won’t refuse. But where do you find the best lechon in Cebu?
For those of you who don’t know what lechon is, it just happens to be a popular dish in the Philippines served during birthday parties and fiestas. It also happens that Cebu is known as the home of the best-tasting lechon. The late Anthony Bourdain even proclaimed it, calling it “the best pig ever.”
For this family, the best-tasting lechon has to have super crispy pork skin, juicy pork meat, and a salty taste. Spices are good but there are lechon stores that tend to put in too many spices that will diminish the raw and original taste of the roast pig. If you haven’t tried this dish and you want the best lechon in Cebu, here are my recommendations.
Disclaimer: I’m not a food critic. The recommendations and reviews below are based on my personal taste buds and experience.
#1. Alejo’s Lechon
Probably the best lechon I’ve ever tasted out of all the popular lechon houses in the province. Located in Brgy. Labangon Market, Katipunan St. Labangon, Alejo’s Lechon, is, without question, the best-tasting lechon there is. It has the right level of saltiness that will awaken your taste buds. If you’re looking for the perfect crisp of lechon skin, head straight to Labangon and don’t look elsewhere. Alejo’s should be the first stop in your lechon-tasting adventures.
The only downside to Alejo’s lechon is that they don’t have other physical branches, which, in a way, can also be a good thing. But for us, taga-isla (islander/Mactan-based), it’s a far drive to Labangon and we wouldn’t want to endure the bad traffic situation only to buy one kilo of roast pig. For birthdays and big occasions when a whole pig is ordered, then you can’t go wrong with Alejo’s.
#2. Matheos Lechon
Not quite as popular as other big lechon houses in Cebu, but they sell underrated lechon. The owner happens to be a former colleague of Ivan’s and she told him to try their lechon for Kai’s first birthday. And so we ordered from them and they didn’t disappoint. They are located in Talamban and you can check out their Facebook page. Matheos is highly recommended.
CnT is easily a favorite. Ivan’s parents sometimes drop by their branch in front of SM City to buy some whenever they visit us on Sundays. CnT’s taste is the taste of original lechon. This should be the most accessible of the best lechon in Cebu for us.
#4. Carcar Lechon
So today, hub went on a short ride to Carcar to satisfy our lechon cravings. I know there are nearer lechon shops but really, it’s just his excuse so he can go for a motorcycle ride. Haha! And here’s the beauty, btw, paired with my favorite, Atsara or grated papaya salad!
Just visit Carcar City public market and choose from the several lechon stalls that will call out loud for your attention.
#5. Rico’s Lechon
We’re not a big fan of Rico’s Lechon but still, I included it in this list because their lechon does taste good. Among other lechon shops, Rico’s deserve this spot. They’re our “least liked” lechon restaurant.
Who’s your favorite? If you haven’t tried, visit one of these places to get a taste of awesome lechon in Cebu.
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