House of Lechon – Davao

House of Lechon – Davao

There is no shortage of lechon houses available in Davao as we can see from its ever-growing supply of lechon in the area. There are plenty of those that are well-known and have already established a name for themselves because of its history. Some are small businesses, hidden gems, that are only known by locals around the area. Some also say that Davao is (if not already) the next “lechon capital of the Philippines” because it takes lechon houses seriously. Here is a list of lechon houses in Davao to look out for.

  1. Azon’s Boneless Lechon [McArthur Highway, Matina, Davao City
    (in front of NCCC Mall Davao) ]
    One of the more notable of its kind, Azon’s boneless lechon is famous for its fragrant and delicious lechon rolls, which can also be called, Davao lechon belly. They serve their lechon rolls in original and spicy flavors. Due to the demand of their lechon, they have built more locations at Bajada and Victoria Plaza Mall.

2. Porky’s lechon [003 Kawayan Matina Rd., Matina, Davao City, Davao del Sur]
Another choice for “Dabawenyos” (people of Davao), is this smaller business that has been consistently delivering satisfying portions of lechon. It has been reviewed as “Great. Crispy skin. Moist meat. Fine seasoning. Excellent.” It is good to know that smaller establishments still make great lechon.

3. Naty’s lechon house [836 Chavez St, Poblacion District, Davao City, Davao del Sur]
The brand that started the lechon trend in Davao, Naty’s lechon house is the original and oldest lechon house in Chavez Davao city. They serve the traditional and most popular tasty and authentic Davao lechon.

4. San Roque lechon house [Sammy Uy building, J.P. Laurel Ave]
Another historic lechon house, San Roque lechon house has been serving authentic Davao lechon since 1986. Slow-roasting their lechon infused with herbs and spices, they are one of the few that can cater to large orders and deliveries.

5. Lechoneros Native Lechon[42 Quimpo Blvd, Davao City, Quimpo Blvd, Talomo District, Davao City, Davao del Sur]
 Lechoneros Native lechon is inspired by the original Cebuano lechon recipe. They add in herbs and spices like any other lechon house and they make sure their special ingredients, like spring onions and lemongrass, are really soaked into the meat and even the bones. Like lechon houses in Cebu, they encourage their customers to eat the lechon without any sauce to fully enjoy the taste. Some pair up the dish with “sukang tuba” (coconut vinegar) and atchara. 

6. Milky’s lechon [McArthur Highway Fronting Solariega Subdivision, Talomo, Davao City, 8000 Davao del Sur]
An affordable alternative but not lacking in quality, Milky’s lechon has had great reviews as well from its customers. They serve efficiently and prepare Davao lechon that is perfect for all occasions.

7. Mikki’s lechon [Paseo Grande Building, Catalunan Grande 8000 Davao City]
Famous for being visited by Davao’s Mayor, Sara Duterte-Carpio, Mikki’s lechon had made news and had been claimed to be “the best there is in the city” according to a review on their facebook page by the Mayor herself. Established in 2007, a decade into the business now, they have proven to be able to compete with the more established lechon houses that have started the industry. They also offer free delivery service which definitely boosts their competitive stand.

8. Yan’s boneless lechon[Matina Aplaya Rd, Talomo, Davao City, 8000 Davao del Sur] 
Famous for being visited by Davao’s Mayor, Sara Duterte-Carpio, Mikki’s lechon had made news and had been claimed to be “the best there is in the city” according to a review on their facebook page by the Mayor herself. Established in 2007, a decade into the business now, they have proven to be able to compete with the more established lechon houses that have started the industry. They also offer free delivery service which definitely boosts their competitive stand.

9. GNG boneless lechon [St. Peter, 8000 Davao City]
Another of the smaller businesses to look out for, GNG boneless lechon offers delivery service to satisfied customers. It is a good initiative for a smaller business to bring orders to their customers as the competition of lechon houses in Davao is very tight.

10. DJC Lechon Haus by Felmart Lechon[J.P. Laurel Ave, Poblacion District, Davao City, Davao del Sur, Philippines]
A quaint lechon house in Poblacion District, this place serves delicious lechon to neighbors. According to customers, their lechon sells out fast, therefore, it must be delicious and something to look out for.

The number of lechon houses in Davao has been growing consistently since the establishment of their pioneer brands like Naty’s Lechon. It has been difficult to say which one of them is really “the best lechon house in Davao” because of all the different types of lechon and services each of them offers. There might be smaller businesses that don’t get much recognition because of their location and there might be some that are still slowly working their way towards the top. Nevertheless, we can expect that Davao will produce a lot more delicious lechon houses that will increase the standards of our taste buds and will get us wanting more Davao lechon.

The list is helpful but not a definitive guide to lechon houses that are gaining popularity in Davao. Surely, more lechon houses will emerge and get noticed for their own take at a flavorful piece of lechon. Lechon houses that have already established themselves might grow even more and maybe get franchised in different parts of Davao. Eventually, a new list of top 10s won’t be enough to guide us to our discovery of “the best lechon house in Davao”. If you are a true lechon-lover, you will know that Davao lechon is already one of the best, despite where and which part of the city it comes from.

It is great to discover and know more about the different mix of flavors and unique tastes each lechon house is able to promote. It gives us food lovers more of an appreciation for process it takes to cook a meal rather than the brand of the food or where it came from.  


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Davao Lechon Belly

Davao Lechon Belly

A multitudinous amount of lechon houses has been sprouting around Davao and it has been a common sight to the locals and foreigners who live there. This growth in lechon houses, rather than a trend, has become more of a competition on who can make “the best lechon” in the area. If you have had your fair share of the taste of this wonderful delicacy, it is safe to say that no matter where it comes from, it is worth every mouthful. Like any other good thing that has potential, it eventually evolves into something better. Davao lechon belly houses have also flourished in the area due to popular demand.

Davao lechon belly is a new technique of cooking lechon, where the bone is removed and only the pork belly side of the pig is kept to be spiced up and roasted in a spit. It originated from Cebu, back in August 2011 by Mr Marlon Gochan. It has now been adopted by many lechon houses, including the ones in Davao and had made it their own. Davao lechon belly is widely popular among lechon lovers as it is not only an easier way to eat the dish but also includes only the best part of the dish, which is the “tiyan” or pork belly. There is no more need to “save the best for last” because every bite is the best.

Some can say that the preparation made into cooking Davao lechon belly is more tedious because besides removing the bone, it is stuffed with herbs and spices to develop its flavor whilst cooking, It is then rolled and tied together with a string to be slow-roasted over an open charcoal fire. Every district that adopts their own way of making Davao lechon belly differs from how they prepare the spices and the aroma it gives after it is cooked.
Ultimately, the outcome will still have its signature crispy roasted skin but the better part of the meat is the main appeal of the dish.

Another reason for the popularity of the Davao lechon belly is because of its price. As it is only meat, it is cheaper than buying the whole Davao lechon. The price of a normal small Davao lecon belly from a good lechon house is PHP 1500 (approx. USD 30) for around 4kg while the price of a small Davao lechon is double its price at PHP 3000 (approx. USD 60) which is around 15kg (with bones). As there are also different sizes of the Davao lechon belly, the price increases as the weight increases, same with the Davao lechon. It is a more practical choice as well for families with smaller celebrations like birthdays, graduations and even for small “salu-salos” (or gathering) between friends or co-workers.

A distinctive difference with the Davao lechon belly compared to those in other parts of the Philippines is its authentic sauce. Manila usually uses ready-made sauces when serving lechon and Cebu prides their lechon dishes that do not need to be served with sauce.  In general, Filipinos like sauces and it is a treat when a dish comes with one that perfectly compliments it. An authentic sauce for Davao lechon belly includes one with herbs and some main ingredients like vinegar, liver paste, breadcrumbs and other condiments to taste. Although a lot of Davao lechon houses have their own unique tastes, it is an integral part for them when serving Davao lechon belly.

Some of the most well known Davao lechon belly restaurants are “Azon’s boneless lechon” and “Beloy’s boneless lechon belly” which have arrived in Davao shortly after the lechon belly’s growth in Cebu. This was around 2012, unfortunately, “Beloy’s boneless lechon belly” has closed but “Azon’s boneless lechon” continues to thrive. To pork-lovers who wish to visit Davao lechon belly restaurants, quite a few of them are located in strategic locations near or inside NCCC malls.  There is also no longer a need to buy a whole Davao lechon belly as these restaurants offer rice meals with a serving of their Davao lechon belly. It is perfect for those that are craving for the dish but does not want to eat or spend too much.

Although it is evident that the Davao lechon belly taste is very flavourful, a lot of health enthusiast discourage the excessive consumption of it due to its fat levels. Like a lot of comfort food, there is nothing wrong with its consumption but it is a delicacy that needs to be consumed in moderation. There are a lot of similar dishes around the world that can contest and have their health value debated as well, but it is always up to the consumer to make the decision. All we know is that food is an ever-present part of our lives and discovering dishes like Davao lechon belly not only opens our eyes to different cultures and traditions but when we come across it, we can take part in that tradition and share it to the world. A lot of initiative from lechon houses that serve the dish also make it a point to serve their Davao lechon belly with rice and vegetables. This allows a balanced portion for every meal served.

Like the Davao lechon, the Davao lechon belly has also made its rounds internationally. It is easier to produce as it is boneless but the challenge is preserving its authentic taste when it is made in a different country. Ingredients needed to spice the lechon belly may be a bit of a struggle to find in other countries and the pork might also be more expensive but there are still a lot of Filipino-owned lechon houses around the world serving Davao lechon belly. By now, it is safe to assume that there are already a lot of unique tastes and mixture of dishes paired with Davao lechon belly. It is natural to experiment with a food with potential and make it better but at the end of the day, when we want and crave that authentic Davao lechon belly dish, we know where to go.


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Davao Lechon

Davao Lechon

Among the most popular food in the Philippines is a crispy spit-roasted suckling pig called “Lechon”. Coming from the Philippine’s Spanish roots, the dish has been a staple for special occasions, “fiestas”(or festivals) and gatherings. Being wildly popular and indubitably delicious, it is a guilty pleasure to a lot of locals and foreigners that have had a taste of it. The crispy texture of the skin paired with a tender, juicy and savoury meat filling will make your knees weak, and your tummy growling for more. It is unavoidable that a lot of lechon houses has been constantly sprouting around the country and one that is ever prominent is “Davao lechon”.

Davao is a city in Mindanao, one of the three island groups in the Philippines. It is the third largest city in the country, therefore, it is not surprising it has held one or even a few more of the oldest lechon houses in the Philippines. Despite having a few areas of Muslim majority, lechon houses in Davao are still prominent for its historical relevance. Davao Lechon has been a staple for Davaoeños (Davao locals) since the 1960s and still very much a sought-after dish by a lot of people. The dish has become a household viand and no longer limited to being served only on special occasions. The emergence of lechon houses in Davao has shown that it is true to not withhold the joys of life, in this case, the joy of eating lechon, when it can be readily available.

Although a lot of cities have come to make their own version of the dish like Lydia’s lechon in Metro Manila and the more known, Rico’s lechon in Cebu, there are undoubtedly a greater number of places in the Philippines where we can get great quality and delicious lechon. Davao Lechon is well known as it is one of the oldest places in the Philippines to serve the dish. One historic area is known to Davaoeños as the “lechon capital in Davao” and it is near Chavez street. They have been serving lechon in the location since the 1960s. This is around the time the Spanish colonization has ceased in the Philippines but a portion of their culture has been acquired and retained.

The popularity of the dish continued to grow and as such, it was reinvented into different types. As with other cities, Davao lechon comes in different sizes – like lechon de leche (baby roasted pork), and types – like spicy lechon for those that want a better kick with their food. It is also enjoyed in many different ways. Some dip it with sauces like gravy ( a famous bottled brand paired with it in the Philippines is called “Mang Tomas”) or make their own.

Davao Lechon is not only a staple food known for its crispy roasted goodness. Some people use lechon to make different types of recipes. Some pair it with soup or other traditional Filipino dishes like Sinigang and Adobo. Some mix it up even more and even convert the dish as snacks; making lechon into chips.  A famous variety now of Davao lechon is their boneless lechon rolls. Restaurants like Azon’s boneless lechons have been gaining popularity in the past few years. Although it is not a new trend as there have been quite a few lechon houses that provide this, it has been a popular choice with the pork-loving community. It is undoubtedly better to eat without the distraction of removing the bone.

The continuing growth of lechon houses in Davao and other cities in the Philippines has not been a surprising trend. Filipinos stick close to their culture and are very fond of food, mostly comfort food, and have always been a community of sharing. Davao Lechon is something of a “fan favorite” that is kept through tradition like a lot of other dishes. Being one of the bigger cities in the Philippines, Davao has a lot of events and festivities and with festivities comes food.  It is only natural that it is celebrated with food that can be shared with many such as lechon. It has been the way to keep the tradition of sharing and celebration going.

The dish has not shied away from the international eyes and even known chefs such as Anthony Bourdain (naming it “the best pig ever”) has given it notice. A lot of Filipinos around the world has set up lechon houses even in different countries such as Singapore and the US. A lot of other nationalities has also tried and reinvented the dish as well. Countries such as China has their own version of a roasted pig. Some have noticed the similarities between the two and it is great to see a different take on a certain dish. This goes to show that not only the Philippine culture has made its name, but also the food is a great discovery, whether there are similarities or not from different places.

To travelers that are interested to tour Davao, it is a must to explore the different lechon houses available in the city. Visiting fiestas such as “Kadayawan Festival”  will include a get-together celebration that would have a “family style” of eating and will surely not be lacking the famous Davao lechon. Although it is true that there are a lot of other places in the Philippines that serve a scrumptious portion of lechon, Davao lechon is unique in its own right when mixed with the cultural inclusivity and historical relevance of the dish.
There will always be the debate for “The best lechon in the Philippines”, but a certain thing we know is that Davao lechon is one of the best there is. Locals and tourists alike will not run out of places to explore and enjoy the dish all around Davao. With the continuing establishment of a lot of lechon houses all over the city, Davao lechon will continue to be one of the top places for a great lechon find.  

Best Restaurants in Davao

Best Restaurants in Davao

Davao is a city of culture and an up and coming tourist destination that boasts beautiful landmarks. Its local cuisine is something that peaks the interests of travelers everywhere as well. Aside from it being the “Durian capital of the Philippines”, (Durian is a fruit coined as “King of the fruits” in Asia), it also prides itself with its variety of traditional and exotic dishes in many of its restaurants.  Although Davao is known for the abundance of their lechon houses like some other cities in the Philippines, there are still a lot of restaurants in Davao that boasts an impressive and scrumptious set of dishes in their menu. A few of the best restaurants that serve traditional Filipino dishes, including famous dishes like Davao lechon kawali, are listed below.

1. Davao Dencia’s [General Luna St. Davao City ]

A kind of a staple for a lot of Davaoeños, Davao Dencia’s is a restaurant with a long history in Davao. They opened in the 1960s and became one of the go-to places to eat in the city. A lot of Davaoeños grew up with Dencia’s, having built itself up as a historic and traditional restaurant. Locals have made it a place to celebrate special occasions within the family like graduations. Its signature dish is their “Lugaw Goto” (porridge with innards and tripe, sometimes beef and pig) paired with “Tokwa’t baboy” (fried tofu and pork bits). It has become a place for all ages to eat their comfort food, even when on a budget.

2. Antonio’s Bar and Grill [SM City Ecoland and Abreeza Mall in Bajada, Davao City.]

It is famous for its range of dishes and especially their fusion dishes. Antonio’s Bar and Grill makes innovative and more palatable meals for their customers to enjoy. They incorporated ingredients that are especially known to Davao because Antonio’s is Davao-born. They are a pioneer to its kind of cuisine. They do still serve traditional Filipino foods like liempo and lechon kawali but other dishes like their crispy tuna and drinks like buko and durian shake are the main craze.

3. Vista View Restaurant [Diversion Road, Brgy. Langub, Davao City]

As the name suggests, the location of Vista View restaurant provides a pleasing scenery and soothing ambiance to the customers that choose to dine here. It is located in a hill where they have built cottages for privacy where customers can dine appreciate the view of Davao city. They serve a heartwarming “boodle bilao” (a collection of dishes served in a large flat round-shaped winnower), meant to be shared. It usually consists of grilled dishes like chicken, fish, squid, pork and steamed vegetables. “Kinilaw” (ceviche) is also put on top or around dried salted fish rice.

4. Balik Bukid [Quimpo Boulevard near Ecoland Drive, Davao City.]

A refreshing restaurant, Balik-Bukid (directly translated as “Back to the Jungle”) is all about going organic with their dishes. Going organic has never been tastier than in Balik-Bukid. Their ingredients are of the freshest quality like their herbs and vegetables. Their meat is farm-bred and their drinks are freshly squeezed.  The restaurant brings in a lot of tourists and environmentalist that advocates the idea of environment-friendly establishments.

5. Penong’s Barbecue Seafoods and Grills [JP Laurel Avenue, Lanang, Davao City]

“The #1 Barbecue House in Davao”, Penong’s barbecue has established its name as one of the best barbecue places in Davao. For those craving a more savory kind of dishes, this is the place to be. They offer a great variety of grilled barbecues, their signature one being their “chicken inato”. It is a crispy and smoky grilled chicken that is still juicy and has a distinct sweet-salty barbecue taste. They are a budget-friendly restaurant that offers combo meals with unlimited rice that sells for P120 (US 2.00). Unlimited rice for 2 dollars? Yes, please. Delicious and cheap food is always the way to go. They have a few branches in Davao, so there won’t be any excuse to miss while in the area.

6. Marina Tuna [JP. Laurel Avenue, Davao City]

Although Davao is not necessarily known for their Tuna, this restaurant makes an exemption. Marina Tuna has become a culinary landmark favored by a lot of locals and visitors. They cook and incorporate their tuna in almost all dishes and all in a very different kind of way. Some example of their dishes is tuna lugaw, tuna spaghetti, and tuna eye sinigang.

They also serve other fish like salmon, lapu-lapu, and bangus. Adding on to that, they also have other seafood like shrimps, oysters, and crabs. It is truly a convenient place to dine in, having a different variety of food to choose from. Dishes are inspired with a little bit of Philippine, Japanese and Western cuisine. It is a popular food place, especially with younger customers.

7. Yellow Fin Seafood Restaurant [Quimpo Boulevard | Sandawa Plaza, Matina, Davao City]

Another seafood restaurant that is an authentic Davao masterpiece. It is a family-owned chain of restaurants that provides fresh dishes at an affordable price. Like other seafood restaurants, they have incorporated some innovative ideas with their dishes. Their bestseller is their tuna tail adobo.

8. Taklobo Restaurant, Jack’s Ridge [Shrine Hill, Matina, Davao City]

Another notable restaurant for its wonderful ambiance and scenery, Taklobo Restaurant in Jack’s Ridge overlooks the Davao Gulf. Also famous for its historic landscape, it stands at a former headquarters for retreating Japanese forces during World War II. Davaoeños usually come here for dinner as they also offer a variety of Filipino dishes from seafood to grilled foods.

9. Cafe Tavera [Tavera corner Avancena St., Davao City]

A place popular to high profile personalities that come to Davao, Café Tavera brings out a unique experience in presenting their food. Their fresh seafood is laid out in a counter among other ingredients for you to choose. Once you have decided what to eat and which ingredients to use, they will cook it for you. A kind of like an instant home-cooked meal, but with the company of lovable strangers.

10. Kaonanan sa Tribu K’Mindawan Davao [Davao Crocodile Park | Riverfront Corporate City, Davao City]

Although this place does not offer lechon, it does offer interesting Filipino dishes. It is a wonderful place to experience the cultural aspects of Davao. Dining here will take you back in time and bring back a taste of Davao culture. The meals they serve are tribal-inspired and dishes are plated in bamboo or wooden sungka plates


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Eat all you can in Davao

Eat all you can in Davao

There’s plenty of restaurants with a tempting set-up for eat all you can in Davao. Because of the stiff competition, the standard, quality, and value for money are all considered in an attempt to be on a different level from the other restaurants. Most, if not all, boast of eat all you can buffet at it’s finest- promising an experience like fine dining but with unlimited serving.

The price range that buffet restaurants in Davao set in place is somewhere between 120 pesos to 900pesos. It must be noted that prices vary for breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets. Usually, breakfast buffets are given a lower price due to the menu selection for that meal.

There’s more than a couple of dozen restaurants which are offering an all you can eat buffet for customers in Davao. This fact alone makes above par customer service a non-negotiable for any buffet restaurant’s staff. After all, excellent service always sets the tone for a great dining experience.

Aside from great customer service, everyone’s always on the look-out for buffets that offer a wide array of sumptuous food. The expectations from the menu are often high because of the price and the perception of what buffets should be. A variety of food from different countries as well as different food classification may be a tall order, but this is exactly what most customers expect when they dine in a buffet restaurant.

Although, a buffet boasts of many different cuisines, Asian-Filipino cuisines are still a staple in buffet restaurants in Davao and in any other part of our country. After all, familiar dishes from our childhood, the ones cooked by our grandmothers, always
tug not only on our palates but at our hearts as well.

Of course, lechon is a dish that has always been present in most Filipino’s special celebrations. It’s a dish that evokes fond memories of grandeur, of that one day among a lot of ordinary days when your family agreed to be lavish. Including a lechon baboy in a buffet’s menu automatically earns the restaurant a certain merit. For me at least, I would have the impression that the buffet restaurant really aims to please it’s customers.

Most buffet restaurants are very accomodating and fair. Children below three feet are usually free, and most extend a special promo to anyone who’s celebrating his/her birthday. The celebrant usually gets some discount, often at half the price.

The unlimited Lechon in the carvery is definitely screaming value for money. The price of a whole lechon baboy (roasted pig) in the market is as low as 3000 pesos to as much as 8000 pesos. The price varies depending on the pig’s size and weight.

It’s always worth the price. The lechon baboy is a world famous dish for a good reason. It has earned
the approval of respected and award-winning foodies like the late Anthony Bourdain. He recognized that the lechon is not simply roasted pork. He understood that to get the special dish to taste as succulent and crispy at the same time, careful preparation and tremendous efforts are made.

The pig’s entrails are removed, and a various herbs and spices like lemongrass, peppers, garlic, and onions are mixed together to make a stuffing. The pig is skewered and slowly roasted – rotisserie style.

The three hours of continuous slow roasting creates the a succulent and freshly cooked lechon. It’s skin as crisp as it looks with a light sheen from the basking of oil while it was being roasted. It’s aroma alone will pull you for a taste, enticing you to dig deeper and sink your teeth to it’s juicy meat.

Oh and wait, let’s not forget the sauce! The sweet and spicy flavor perfectly compliment the slightly salty flavor of the lechon.

The perfectly roasted pig is not the only star on buffets. Unlimited crabs get almost the same attention, too! As Davao is also known for the best tasting crabs, it only makes sense for this to be given it’s own place at the buffet table.

Buffet restaurants in Davao showcase food that describe the Philippines, and it’s not surprising why this business model has gained traction for the past few years. It’s also one way for Filipinos to experience other culture’s cuisines without travelling. Tasting other flavors different from what we’re so used to make broadens our understanding of just how much more there is to discover. It can spark our imagination and inspire us to move out of our comfort zones.

In line with this, a trip to Davao is always a good idea. It’s where we can experience delectable and unique tastes. The popular sights are something to behold, but if one strays from the usual tourist spots, a whole new discovery is waiting to unravel.

When one receives a smile from a friendly local, a trade of goodwill transpires. The feeling is quite similar to when one tastes a dish like lechon (which is available in all parts of our country), but the version of the dish is different in Davao, but still somehow gives a familiar comforting taste. The similarity and difference are all part of what makes it endearing.

Dabawenyos are known to be down to earth and grounded. They value culture and tradition, and at the same open to innovation and progress. This interesting fusion of tradition and the new influences is evident in something as simple as the array of options one can see on a buffet restaurant.

More than simply looking for an eat all you can or all you can eat restaurant, how about committing  to find a restaurant where you can discover “all you can experience” from food? Maybe it’s possible if we keep our mind open. 


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Defying distance: Davao Lechon Baboy Delivery

Defying distance: Davao Lechon Baboy Delivery

Businesses have been built and have flourished from the sale of Lechon baboy alone. To stay
competitive, business owners never run out of ideas in terms of improving the taste and quality of their lechon baboy (pig roast). They also know the power of making it accessible and available for customers. Thus, many businesses in Davao offers lechon baboy delivery. You’d be surprised to know that some lechon shops in Davao even ship to Manila. It’s a very serious trade. Davao lechon shop owners and lechoneros mean business. From the websites of these businesses, one can easily see Davao Lechon Baboy delivery.

Considered as one of the Filipino’s most loved dishes, the Lechon can be traced to it’s Spanish origin. From the Spanish word “leche” which means “milk”, lechon is a suckling pig roasted on hot charcoal. Although it has many variations, the lechon remains the highlight of most special occasions in the Philippines. It’s something you can expect to sample in fiestas, weddings, birthdays, baptisms, and other holiday celebrations. Think of it this way, if there’s a reason to celebrate, the lechon is a must.

It’s a dish one can never miss because most of the time, the lechon is displayed exactly the way it was roasted, traditionally, it even comes with a whole shiny red apple in it’s mouth. In recent years, the lechon belly roll has become a more popular option mainly because of it’s affordability. It’s also said to be the most tender and tasty part of the lechon. The fat is mostly concentrated in the belly which makes it the most flavorful part, and this is where the concoction of herbs and spices are stuffed.

Most shops offering lechon expect good business returns all year round with the holiday seasons being the busiest. The competition can be tough, so shop owners adapt by being more creative be it in marketing or product development. Lechon ice cream is available in some shops in Davao. If that doesn’t speak for creativity, I’m not sure what will!

Lechon ice cream melts in your mouth with a marriage of the salty and sweet taste. The crispy skin is sprinkled in tidbits not just as a topping, but is incorporated in the ice cream itself. This dessert is definitely sinfully delectable with two of it’s ingredients being notoriously tempting.

A shop in London is said to be offering lechon flavored ice cream to the delight of many OFW’s and even locals alike. The fatty taste with a hint of saltiness of the lechon give the ice cream an unexpected twist.

Some shops boast of Lechon that doesn’t need a sauce. While for most, their sauces are highlighted to differentiate and set their lechon product apart from the other competitors. For instance, one shop in Davao is well known as having the best liver sauce. Sometimes, the sauce makes or breaks the dish. So this explains a great deal for the unspoken fight for the title of having the best lechon sauce in town.

Even without any sauce though, a great tasting lechon must have a shiny crispy roasted skin that’s red to golden brown in color, and as one bites over the crispy part, they’ll discover a meat so tender and tasty- the juice oozing from the various herbs and spices (most common ingredients are lemon grass, bell pepper, onions and garlic) that steep into the meat while it was roasting.

There’s an array of options laid out by various lechon houses in the country, but Davao’s lechon has rapidly established a good reputation by offering it’s own distinct version of the lechon. Being the “Land of Promise” Davao does not disappoint when they give a bold claim of providing the country a lechon with it’s own distinct taste.

This delectable dish can be delivered right to your doorstep, and expect this to be fresh, still hot from roasting for over 3 hours over very hot coals. It’s advisable to place your order usually 7 hours before the expected delivery time, but during very busy season like the holidays, any order has to be called at least a day before.

Although, one lechon house in Davao boasts of spearheading the dial-a-lechon fever in the city. It promises to deliver a hot, juicy and tender pig roast in just three hours. This shop even came up with a catchy radio ad that reminds the listeners that they can easily get their hands on the succulent and crispy skinned lechon just by simply calling their hotline.

A lot of shops quickly rode on this trend, and also started to find more convenient ways for customers to satisfy their cravings for this extremely popular dish. Take-out counter became a norm for most lechon houses in the country.

It’s quite obvious that lechon houses are like any other successful businesses that recognize the changes in the market, and they’ve adapted to the fast-paced life-style we now have. Which takes me back to what I’ve mentioned earlier about some popular lechon houses in Davao delivering right to your doorstep – never mind if you are a thousand miles away. If you want it, you can get it.

Davaoenos take their lechon seriously – and for a good reason, too. People from all over the country and even the world flock to Davao and never miss to cross out trying their world famous lechon from their to-do list. Of all the things to discover and enjoy in Davao, sampling a taste of this mouth-watering and scrumptious dish is a must.

Lechoneros in Davao are committed to never disappoint the expectations of travelers and food adventurers. They take pride in what they’re helping to create- another reason for people all over the world to visit Davao.


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