Ready For A Plant-Based Lechon? Here's What You Should Know About It + Where To Order It

After plant-based burgers, now we've got a plant-based lechon.

Have you tried the trendy plant-based burgers? If you're fully convinced that plant-based meats can definitely pass off like real meat, there's another plant-based dish you should try for your upcoming handaan: ELPI Vellychon Haus' plant-based lechon.

Photo by Facebook/ELPI Vellychon Haus

What is the vellychon made of?

If you're wondering what the plant-based lechon is made of, the vellychon ingredient list highlights the use of corn, wheat, soybeans, and cassava. It also has water, annatto seeds (atsuete), salt, sugar, black pepper, garlic, lemongrass, and red food coloring. According to their official Facebook page, the vellychon is halal-friendly and even FDA-approved!

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How to cook vellychon?

Seasoning it is important before cooking it! A simple salt and pepper rub would do, but you can definitely add other spices to make it even more flavorful. ELPI Vellychon Haus recommends that you pair the lechon with their special toyomansi concoction.

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The vellychon can be cooked by deep-frying using your trusty pan, baking it in your even, and you can make this even already-healthy dish even healthier with the use of your newly-purchased air fryer.

Photo by ELPI Vellychon Haus

Where to buy vellychon and how much is it?

ELPI Vellychon Haus offers the plant-based lechon frozen (P595) or cooked (P695). You should also try it with their "Lech-un" sauce which costs P25.

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ELPI Vellychon Haus is located at the intersection of N.S. Amoranto Sr. Street and Halcon Street, Quezon City. Do take note that they are only open from Tuesdays to Sundays, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. and more importantly, they are currently running a mobile store, so the location may vary.

You can contact their number (0968) 345-7020 for any inquiries-because, YES!, delivery is available. The delivery will come from the Gold Standard Medical Laboratory, which is located at 56 N.S. Amoranto Sr. Street, La Loma, Quezon City.

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How did ELPI Vellychon start?

If you haven't seen the viral Facebook post of Chef ELPI, RN and how "my investor backed out," the post shares the humble beginnings and the grit of Elpi.

Chef Elpi owned a small vegan restaurant in GenSan that closed down because of the lockdown (we've been quarantined for nine months now, just in case you've lost count!), and he was planning to open a new restaurant in Sampaloc, Manila near La Loma. But all his plans on rebuilding his dream of having a vegan restaurant came to an abrupt halt because his investors backed out.

When he confided in his friends and family, they all wanted him to "reroute his plans". His parents in GenSan wanted him to go back to the province while his foster parents in Davao asked that he fly back to Davao and start his business in the province. 

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Chef Elpi and his mobile food stall!
Photo by Facebook/Chef ELPI, RN

Chef Elpi went to La Loma and looked for a place to rent, then bought a food cart, and a small freezer. And then just like that, ELPI Vellychon Haus was born. 

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Because of his Facebook post, Chef Elpi was flooded with inquiries and calls all day (December 16). According to Chef ELPI's update on his Facebook account, the Vellychon Rolls got sold out as early as 7 p.m. (that's within three working hours since they opened).

Follow Chef Elpi and ELPI Vellychon Haus on Facebook for more information and updates.

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