Where To Order Lechon For Noche Buena In Metro Manila
'Tis the season to pig out!
Christmas is the season to finally slow down and catch up with your friends and family over a delicious feast. When it comes to any Filipino handaan or salu-salo, it is the lechon makes everything extra special. It's the dish every Filipino will look for, anticipate for; it's the piece de resistance in your Noche Buena and Media Noche spread.
Having lechon in any gathering will always be a good choice (as long as you have enough rice, too!). Here are the places you can order lechon in Manila, complete with the price list so you can stay within your budget:
Starts at P1,700:
Avoid the hassle of plating and carving the lechon with Lydia's Lechon's Lechon-In-A-Box, which includes 2.2 kilos of freshly-chopped lechon that's good for 10 to 12 people. The Lechon-In-A-Box now comes with half the amount of lechon but with added seafood paella, rice, or pancit, too!
Lydia's Lechon prices: Lechon-In-A-Box (P2,500), Lechon-In-A-Box with Seafood Paella (P2,250), Lechon-In-A-Box with Fiesta Rice (P2,250), and Lechon-In-A-Box with Pancit (P1,750). You can order Lydia's Lechon's through GrabFood. The app is available for download on the Google Play Store and Apple Store.
Cebu's Original Lechon Belly
The crunchy lechon skin is good, but the belly is just as good (if not better) because it is one of the most flavorful parts of the lechon! Since 2012, Cebu's Original Lechon Belly debones the pork belly, rubs it with spices and their secret ingredients, roasts it on an open charcoal fire, revealing an extra juicy, tender lechon belly. Plus points for uninterrupted eating because you don't need to keep carving meat from the bones!
Cebu's Original Lechon Belly prices: Small for 15-20 pax (2,730/original; P2,880/spicy); Medium for 20-25 pax (P3,260/original; P3,440/spicy), and Large for 25-30 pax (P4,330/original; P4,560/spicy). Call (0939) 554-0247 for Smart, (0927) 130-1958 for Globe, (0932) 413-9688 for Sun, or (02) 8845-1990.
When it comes to Cebu lechon, another staple is Zubuchon! This popular lechon restaurant had humble beginnings as a small stall back in 2009, but now it has numerous branches in Cebu and Metro Manila, plus, its juicy skin and crisp golden-brown skin has caught the attention of the late chef, author, and television host Anthony Bourdain as the "best pig ever."
Zubuchon prices: Boneless Lechon for 10-20 pax (P4,400); Medium Whole Lechon for 30-35 pax (P8,500); and the Large Whole Lechon for 40-45 pax (P9,500). If you're serving a smaller group, you can opt for the Frozen Zubuchon (P1,080/kg) or the Frozen Boneless Lechon (P1080/kg). You can place your order via their official website.
Sabroso is known for its Bacolod-style lechon, which dates back to 2008. It prides itself on bringing the first one-kilo minimum order lechon delivery to Metro Manila. The Bacolod-style lechon is stuffed with a blend of herbs and spices that results in flavorful meat and crunchy skin with just the right amount of saltiness.
Sabroso Lechon prices: De Leche for 30 pax (P6,800), Regular for 40-50 pax (P7,900), Medium for 60-70 pax (P9,900), Large for 80-90 pax (P11,800), Extra Large for 100-110 pax (P14,800), Extra, Extra Large for 115-130 pax (P16,800), and Lechon Belly for 40 pax (P5,500). An easy way you can order Sabroso's Lechon is to message them through their Facebook page or contact (0920) 123 9999.
When Aling Loring's started back in the 1960s, who would have known they would eventually be the lechon supplier of former president Joseph "Erap" Estrada and Senator Jinggoy Estrada? The Aling Loring-way of cooking lechon results in a caramel brown color of its thick, crunchy skin and moist, tender meat.
Aling Loring's price list: 15kg for 30 pax (P6,500); 18kg for 50 pax (P8,000), 20kg for 60pax, (P9,000), 22kg for 70pax (P10,000). You can call this number, (0915) 642 1544, to place your orders three days before the needed date.
What makes General's Lechon different than most is that they prepare Negros-style native Philippine lechon: thin, crunchy skin and juicy meat infused with lemongrass and garlic. Since it started in 2007, they now offer their juicy lechon lechon in different flavors: original, garlic, chili-garlic, and curry flavors for those who want a more distinct taste.
General's Lechon prices: Cochinillo for 6-8 pax (P7,000); Small for 12-15 pax (P7,500), Regular for 15-20 pax (P8,000), Medium for 30-40 pax (P8,800); Large for 45-60 pax (P9,800), Extra large for 60-80 pax (P11,200); Jumbo for 80-100 pax (P13,100); and XJumbo for 100-120 pax (Php 14,100). You can call these numbers to place your order: (0917) 853 4266, 02-8-853-2466, or 0945-254-2134.
ElarZ has flavored lechon, too! It ranges from Original (classic Elarz Lechon), Lagablab (with sili labuyo), Zupremo (Elzar's special blend of herbs and spices), and Zebu (Elarz's take on Cebu's flavorful roasted suckling pig). An added bonus is that these can be stuffed paella, Moroccan, or sisig bagoong for an additional cost.
Elarz Lechon's prices: Conchinillo for 8-12 pax (P6,600), Lechon de Leche for 15-25 pax (P7,400), Lechon Small for 25-35 pax (P8,200), Lechon Medium for 30-50 pax (P8,600), Lechon Large for 40-60 pax (P8,600) Lechon Extra Large (P10,500), and the Lechon Double Extra Large (P11,000). You can order through their official website.
Started in the late '60s in La Loma, Mila's Lechon is famous for its crackling, golden-brown skin balat. The way that Mila's roasted pigs are done is more on the Northern-style (there's a difference with Cebu or Southern-style lechon), which means this is best dipped in their special lechon sarsa.
Mila's Lechon prices: 11-12kg for 15 pax (P6,000); 12-14kg for 20pax (P6,500), 14-16kg for 30pax (P7,000); 16-18kg for 40pax (P7,500); 18-20kg for 50pax (P8,000); 20-22kg for 60pax (P8,500); 22-24kg for 70pax (P9,000); 24-26kg for 80pax (P9,500); 26-28kg for 90pax (P10,000); 28-30kg for 100pax (P10,500); 30-32kg for 110pax (P11,000); 32-34kg for 120pax (P11,500); 34-36kg for 130pax (P12,000); 36-38kg for 140pax (P13,000); 38-40kg for 150pax (P14,500); and 40-44kg for 160pax (P15,000).