Why Lechon Should Be on Your Christmas Table Every Year

Why Lechon Should Be on Your Christmas Table Every Year

For Filipinos, Christmas only mean three things: generosity, camaraderie, and lots of glorious food. In the Philippines, Christmas parties start even as early as the first day of December. Kids have Christmas parties in schools. Ate and Kuya have parties in their office. There’s an immediate family party and then there’s the extended family party.

These feasts are the best way to foster relationship between families and friends. And, what more way to enjoy it with a delicious Davao lechon on your table? We’ve all been a witness to how lechon is much-loved during this time of the year. But, why do Filipinos go crazy over lechon? Let us look at some reasons below.

 

  • It is part of our tradition as Filipinos. The concept of lechon is said to be introduced to us by the Spaniards during the time that they conquered the Philippines. Since then, lechon has become a part of every Filipino gathering. Filipino gatherings are no places to go on a diet because you will surely want to go for a second, even third, round of lechon.
  • Its taste is so distinctive. There is something about the smell of lechon that invites everyone to dive in. With the right herbs and spices and the right method and duration of cooking, the lechon could be the best dish in a feast. Every part of it can be eaten (except the bones, of course). It can be more than just a viand. It is an awesome pulutan for the boys who are in a drinking session too.
  • Nothing goes to waste. Okay, so there might be a lot of left over pieces of lechon after the whole family has taken their share. The good thing about Davao lechon is that you can actually repurpose the leftovers and turn them into a whole new kind of dish. The most popular one is the lechon paksiw, which seems to be a lot more famous than the lechon itself!

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A Beginner’s Guide to the Filipino Lechon

A Beginner’s Guide to the Filipino Lechon

A Filipino party would not be complete without the presence of our beloved Davao lechon. No matter how old a person is or what his career is, everyone loves lechon. Although it is sad to think that a pig’s life ended to feed a number of people, but the pig will die an honorable death if the lechon’s skin is crispy. ‘Yung tipong aabot sa kabilang bahay ‘yung tunog ng pag-kagat ng crispy skin ni Porky.

Lechon is at almost every Filipino party: weddings, birthdays, binyag, baby shower, bridal shower, stag party. Kahit nga ata sa burol, may nagpapa-lechon. If you are planning to get this Filipino classic as part of your menu in your next party, here are some things you should know.

 

  • Most of the time, lechon is ordered from a lechonero or a lechon shop. But sometimes, there are families who make their own lechon at home! Kahit ‘yung pagkatay ng baboy, sa bahay ginagawa. They said it fosters relationship within the family members when they do it together. It’s also fun to have everyone watch together as the skewered whole pig is roasted over hot coal and slowly turning into a reddish brown ready-to-eat food.
  • But if you do not have the luxury to make lechon yourself, you can order it from a lechonero. Just make sure you place your order at least 2 days in advance.
  • Timing is important in eating lechon. If you schedule a party at 7PM, the lechon should be ready in not more than 30 minutes before so that everybody gets to enjoy the crispy skin. Pero siyempre, you also have to consider the infamous Filipino time. Baka sobrang late na ng guests tapos makunat na yung balat. Sayang.
  • A little trick: Look for the parts in the skin of the Davao lechon where there are blisters. This is guaranteed to be really crispy and satisfying.

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