Cebu is known for its Lechon. When I asked around about what to do in Cebu, they automatically said get Cebu Lechon. We got some lechon at the airport, but at noon, everything was sold out, and we were stuck with the head. We asked our taxi guide, where the best lechon is and he told us CnT, and some other one. So first thing in the morning, we went to CnT and had some lechon for breakfast!
CnT Lechon was one busy place even that early in the morning. They had tons of whole pigs and they just had a butchering line cutting up the cooked meat. It looked delicious. They also had other dishes and you can eat there for really cheap! For less than $3 per person we were able to eat a full meal with rice, lechon, and 4-5 other dishes. Make sure you go there at the right time because they do run out of the good meat!
They say you can eat the Lechon without any sauce, and it’s totally true. The skin is perfectly crisp. The meat inside is juicy, and flavourful, and you definitely don’t need any sarsa. It’s packed with flavour from their unique cooking method and spices and herbs. I don’t really know how to explain it, but it’s the best lechon I’ve ever had.
The other dishes were good too, mostly pork dishes and also some veggies. My favourite was the pork adobo because it was very melt in your mouth fatty, and tender. Perfect sauce to cook it in too. The chop suey vegetables were still crisp and not soggy and flavoured nicely. The menudo was just OK though. Definitely would’ve been happy with just the adobo and lechon.
My Lola (grandma) loves Cebu Lechon (who doesn’t?), so we decided to bring her an entire young pig home, and I think it was only about $70. We had to run through some hurdles to get it back to Manila, but we did. Was it worth it, unfortunately not. Putting a freshly cooked pig into a cardboard box letting it sit in there for a few hours while we drove and flew back to Manila definitely kills the perfectly crisp skin. If you are in Cebu, make sure to visit this place and get some fresh lechon. I can’t imagine how many pigs they go through a day.
1377 Rama Ave
Guadalupe, Cebu City, Philippines