BEST PIG MANILA
THE BEST PIG IN MANILA
We love receiving reports from the field when it comes to the world’s barbecue. One of our friends, Alex Paman, has kept us apprised of the goings on in the Philippines, even though he currently lives in California. Thank you, Alex, for these mouth-watering photos and informative captions.
Of the above photo, Alex says: “Roast pig (lechon baboy) is the grand dame of traditional Filipino barbecue, and the centerpiece of all social gatherings and fiestas. Ranging from adult hogs to suckling pigs (called lechon de leche or cochinillo), the dish has gained popularity in the West in recent years.”
“Ulcing’s Lechon, originally from the province of Cebu, has been serving roast pigs to presidents, dignataries, and movie stars for decades, and is so highly regarded, that they only advertise by word of mouth.”
“While traditionally eaten with a liver-based dipping sauce, most lechoneros (roast masters) agree with the old adage that the best lechon doesn’t need a dipping sauce at all – it is simply delicious the way it is.”