Cebu prides itself of having the best-tasting lechon in the Philippines. No less than celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain proclaimed on his popular travel-food show "No Reservations" that Cebu lechon is "the best pig ever." However, with the huge number of lechon houses in the province, it remains uncertain which one offers the best lechon in Cebu.
The distinctive taste of the Cebu lechon is mainly due to the combination of herbs and spices infused into the pig before it is roasted. The herbs and spices used for the lechon are determined by the lechonero or the person who prepares and cooks the pig.
One good place to explore when you are looking for good lechon is Talisay City. Talisay City is considered as the Inasal Capital of Cebu. In fact, Talisay City holds the annual Lechon Festival on the 15th of October, the feast day of the patron saint of Talisay, Saint Therese of Avila. During the festival, a good supply of lechon joins the grand parade along the roads of the city.
The city of Carcar is another place where you may be able to find the best lechon in Cebu. Located around forty kilometers south of Cebu City, it is home to a unique lechon recipe that compels foodies to come back for more. Visitors typically buy lechon inside the Carcar Public Market and eat it in one of the carenderias located close to the lechon vendors. Since Carcar is located around one hour away from Cebu City, it is best to have the broth packed separately from the lechon if you want to bring this tasty dish back to the metro.
Aside from Talisay City and the City of Carcar, there is a good number of lechon houses located within Cebu City itself. Among the well-known lechon houses are Zubochon, Rico’s Lechon, CnT and Ayer’s Lechon. Each lechon house has their own distinctive blend of herbs and spices that satisfy the cravings of any lechon lover. As to which one offers the best lechon in Cebu, it’s best to let your taste buds decide on it.
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