I suddenly have a craving for Davao Lechon.
I suppose roasting pigs is done in every province in the Philippines where pigs are farmed, which we call simply, Lechon.
But, those that leave a special memory in our palates, we brand with their province of origin. So, whereas Lechon from Manila or Iloilo or Bulacan are just plain Lechon, we have the Cebu Lechon, which many of the world’s population got acquainted with because of Anthony Bourdain who says it’s the best pig in the world.
I thought so too. Cebu Lechon is soooooo tasty!! Until I tried the Lechon from Davao three weeks ago.
My friend bought a Lechon biik (suckling pig) roll for me to bring home to Manila. It was the best Lechon I ever tasted! As in seriously!
First, the skin is truly crisp!
Second, the meat is super tender!
Third, its layer of fat is thin!
Fourth, its flavour is superior to Cebu’s because this one is tastier with its lemongrass marinade compared to mere saltiness of the cebu pig.
No, I don’t have a picture of my Davao Lechon! A post about food without a picture seem odd these days, but what can I do if I love eating more than photographing?
I found this blog post of a Lemongrass and Garlic Roast Pork Belly Roll recipe and the Davao Lechon roll looks just like it!
Ferdinand Magellan is the Portuguese explorer who would land in Cebu, one of the islands comprising the archipelago that would later be known as the Philippines, “discovering” it for the king of Spain.
The world knows him as an explorer, first to circumnavigate the earth and proving that the world is round. He didn’t actually finish the expedition because he died in Mactan, Cebu. Or did he?
Antonio Pigafetta, his expedition’s chronicler, says the body was never found. What an interestering premise for an alternate historical thriller! I should write this someday.
I digress. So, Magellan was also an inventor. What here in this stolen shot looks like a kettle with a fancy ceramic handlebar and cover holder is actually the world’s first portalet prototype.
Yes, that is a portable toilet, created by the “discoverer” of the Philippines. Could he have made it on his way to our shores? I forget how many expeditions he took ever. Maybe the voyage to Asia was his first and, you know, it’s hard to hold it in the middle of the seas.
I now find it ironic that we are a country with a ubiquitous “Bawal umihi dito” on public walls.
I did say stolen shot, because taking photos is forbidden inside the Metropolitan Museum of Manila, where I went to check out the Philippine maps exhibit. I apologise but I was so awed by this trivia. I hope if ever they stumble upon this post that they do not ask me to remove the photo.