Late last year, I had the privilege to travel to Cebu, finally after a long time of planning for years. I always wanted to go there for its white sandy beaches, waterfalls, and beautiful crystal blue waters.
While our party stayed mostly in the southern part of Cebu, our trip wouldn’t be complete if we haven’t at least tried Cebu’s best rich delicacy – Lechon. Lechon is a pork dish that features a whole roasted pig cooked over charcoal. The word lechon originated from the Spanish term lechón, referring to a suckling pig that is roasted. According to Wikipedia this is our national dish.
So before we head home to Manila, we made room to stop at two of the most popular lechon places in Cebu – Ricos Lechon and Zebuchon. Today, I’ll be reviewing the latter. Btw, Anthony Bourdain named Zebuchon as the best pig ever. I'm a fan of Anthony Bourdain and I follow his shows regularly, so imagine my curiosity for Zebuchon. Naming them as the best pig ever must mean something. We visited their branch in One Mango Avenue, Cebu City. The place is quite spacious, well lighted and clean.
Their best seller is no other than their Lechon, they have it available per kilo and value meal options that comes with rice. They are also famous for other cuisines that uses the star of the show - lechon. Such as Lechon Sisig, Sinigang na lechon, Lechon Crispy Pata, Lechon Paksiw, Lechon Dinuguan, and a lot more.
We haven't tried their other best seller, Fresh Kamias Shake as we were quiet full and the shake might be a little heavy already but there are a lot of raves for the drink. Sayang I did not get to try it.
Buttery, Grilled Scallops 190
Sad to say this dish is only good in photos. There is nothing buttery about this. It was dry, very salty and I cannot taste the scallops.
Boneless Zebuchon Fastmeal 190
Pork Belly, cooked lechon style.
Zebuchon Fastmeal 190
I ordered boneless while hubby ordered the regular Zebuchon. They dont vary much except that the boneless is a little bit fatty and rich while the regular is more tastier IMHO. The pig is cooked naturally without any MSG, artificial mixes, and artificial painting of the skin instead they use herbs to flavor the pork. If you are a die hard fan of traditional lechon, then this is not for you although I would recommend for you to try it for comparison.
The skin of the lechon is as crispy as chicharon while the meat is full of flavors in itself, with no need for any sauce, though dipping sauces such as soy sauce, vinegar, chili, and calamansi are available should you need for it. Hubby likes it very much but it was a wee bit salty for my liking and no, for me this is not the best pork ever. It was okay and very tasty but not the best.
Zubuchon also sells frozen lechon packed and covered well for you to take home. Freshly cooked lechon is also available although if I remembered it correctly, you may need to buy a minimum of 2 kilos so that it could be boxed. You have the option of having it chopped or wrapped as is. They also sell pasalubongs such as jams, chicharon, dried mango among others. What's convenient is they have a branch at the Mactan airport so you don't need to visit their stores to get your lechon fix or if you want to take one back home.
Overall the lechon was good and filling but I am really disappointed with the grilled scallops. It was a waste of money :( It was a fulfilling experience too, eating lechon in Cebu. Though one weird thing was, the cab driver is not familiar with Zebuchon and if you ask the locals, they'll point you to Carcar or CnT. I made a mental note to try them the next time I'm down South.
Zubuchon is located at One Mango Avenue building, Gen Maxilom Avenue, Cebu City. They also have branches in City Soho Mall, Mactan Marina Mall, The Walk IT Park Lahug, Escario Central Building, and at the Pre-Departure Lounge of the Mactan Domestic Airport. Visit their Facebook page here or their website here.
Have you tried Zebuchon? Whats your best pork ever?