If you ask me where you can find the best lechon in cebu, i’d answer Zubuchon in a heartbeat. As recommended by our officemate in Cebu, we ate lunch at their new stand-alone restaurant at One Mango on General Maxilom Ave.
The Pickle Platter consists of the atsara, pickled mango and pickled raddish. The pickled mango was my favorite. It was sour with a hint of sweetness.
One of the items I found to be unique in the restaurant was their Kamias (or Iba) Shake. I was a bit hesitant to try it out, but i ordered one anyway. It tasted great and was refreshing. It tastes somewhere between a green apple and green mango shake.
Another drink worth trying is their pineapple mint shake.
The sisig-stuffed squid was good. It’s a wonder how they were able to keep the stench of the squid away from the sisig.
Mr. Binamira was in the restaurant during our meal. He noticed that we did not order their lechon sisig, so he gave us two orders on the house. The lechon sisig was tasty. It was a mix of the skin from the face of the pig and some meat. What makes their sisig different was that the pig was cooked lechon-style before being minced into sisig.
Finally, their lechon. The lechon was definitely the best part of the meal. The skin is as crispy as chicharon. There was a good balance of meat and fat. (Apparently, it is because they use backyard-raised pigs instead of the usual commercially bred pigs.) The meat was tender and flavorful — there wasn’t any need for any sauce. The store employee also mentioned that they do not use MSG when cooking the pig. I can definitely say that their lechon is better than CNT.
Back when Anthony Bourdain visited the Philippines and feasted on their lechon, he said “Best Pig… Ever!” Well, I definitely agree with him.
Edit: Zubuchon menu:
P.S. Craving for lechon but you’re back in Manila? Well, you’ll be happy to know that pigs can fly. Zubuchon ships their lechon to Manila via air freight!
One Mango Mall
General Maxilom Avenue, Cebu City
Tel. +63 (032) 2395697
Photos c/o Elsier