A truly knock-out lechon
I was supposed to try this pocherohan in Talamban for lunch today. But for some strange reason, I found myself back at this streetside lechon place near the Cebu Provincial Capitol instead. I was partly in the mood to celebrate in advance Pacquiao’s win against the younger Horn.
It’s also been years already since I last visited this small eatery. Aside from my waistline, a lot has changed since then. There are now two lechon stalls in operation but I knew who our suki was judging from the number of diners and take-out customers. I headed straight for Auring’s Lechon.
It was still packed when I arrived but I did not mind waiting for a vacant seat. I guess I was lucky this morning because by the time the table was cleared, a fresh lechon was delivered.
You see, my definition of a good lechon, is one that’s served still piping hot or right off the coals. The pig that I enjoyed at Auring’s came very close in that regard.
“1/4 ra ako nay. Kanang tiyan ha,” I requested as I grabbed a plastic stool. I also ordered a serving of dugo-dugo (pork blood stew) to drizzle my pieces of puso (hanging rice) with. I thought to myself that this will be a lunch that I will remember for quite some time.
The lechon plate I had a little bit of everything – flavorful ribs, a few meatier shoulder cuts and ridiculously crispy skin. It also came with the scallion stuffing that’s been drenched with the roasted pig’s juices, the spices and unmistakable hints of star anise. It is a truly and unanimously knock-out lechon.
“Guba ang diet nay,” I quipped.
“Panagsa ra bitaw dong,” Mrs. Rosie reassured me.
She would later share that they’ve been around the area since 1994. This stall has then allowed her to send her kids (and maybe even her grandkids) to school. Despite the entry of a new competitor, they’re still able to sell 6 to 8 lechons during Sundays. The number is understandably fewer during weekdays.
I wiped off everything before I cared to realize it. I was also surprised to pay only Php 152 for this meal. If these were served in an A/C restaurant, I will definitely shell out more. This is proof then that a good lechon, or any good food for that matter, can be had absolutely anywhere.
Although my celebration was premature in retrospect, I’d still like to dedicate this humble yet delicious plate of Cebu lechon to one gracious fighter that the world has admired and respected.
right beside Cebu Provincial Capitol
M. Velez St. corner Don Gil Garcia, Capitol Site, Cebu City
For orders and delivery:
+63 32 254-5408
+63 32 511-4787