March 31, 2009

Don't freak out please

Probably the most popular party dish in the Philippines is the lechon, whole roasted pig. One can buy lechon by the kilo in several places around Metro Manila and if the party is big enough, one can buy the entire roast pig. At the party, it is laid out on a table and someone—a waiter in this case since it was a catered event—chops it up to serve to guests. The crackling skin is doled out carefully because almost everybody loves it. After the meatier parts have been served, the waiter carves out the remaining meat from the bones and puts them on a platter. The head is displayed too, proof that what was served was the entire roast pig and not just a kilo or two. Lechon is usually served with liver sauce except for the ones from Cebu, a province in the Visayas which is an hour's plane ride away from Manila. I don't know what Cebuanos use to baste it with, but their lechon is very tasty and does not need any kind of sauce. Cebu lechon is what Anthony Bourdain had when he came to the Philippines and as of February 16, 2009, it is number 1 in his "Hierarchy of Pork."

lechon pieces on a platter with the head of the roast pig

26 comments:

Cezar and Léia said...

Hello Hilda!
Thanks for the Wikipedia link ( lechon) I had no idea what it was...but your posts are always complete and it is great to learn with you.
It seems good!
Kind regards,
Léia

Jarart said...

I'll bet it is yummy but I would prefer to have food that doesn't look back at me. lol.

George said...

Thanks for a very interesting post. Roast pig is a treat here in the southeastern U.S. as well.

Olivier said...

comme tout le monde, j'ai appris beaucoup de chose. j'aime la perspective de ta photo.
like everyone else, I learned many things. I like the perspective of your photo

Lois said...

I went to a party where they had a whole roasted pig once! It was delicious, but I don't like seeing the head!

lunarossa said...

Looks a bit gruesome but I bet it tastes delicious. In some parts of Italy they display the whole pig and it looks even worse. Ciao. A.

JM said...

I read the post title before seeing the pic and I was very curious... but this is not new to me! You call it lechón (spanish), we call it 'leitão'... and I find the head display totally disgusting! The kind of thing that drives my apetite away! Lol!

Boise Diva said...

More than I need to see, for sure! But I've been to roasted pig parties and have to admit - yummy!

marley said...

It looks yummy. We have these sort of things here - we call them pig roasts. Delicious!

Jacob said...

If one was to look for a really good photo of the head of a roasted pig, this would be on the head of the list, Hilda.

I've been to one pig roast - at a Cuban baptismal party in Fort Lauderdale.

At my granddaughter's wedding rehearsal dinner, a pig was roasted and served to the guests. But that was in South Carolina and they were all ultra-conservative Protestants.

I didn't get that at all.

It was good, though.

skywind said...

Oh, to see this picture, so I can not eat. : (
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James said...

I had lechon when I was in the Philippines in 1987 it was very good. I also like lumpia and chicken adobo. Yum

Jilly said...

Oh no! Sorry I did freak out. It'a great photo but as I don't eat meat, it's hard to take!

Laurie said...

Okay... so I'm only freaking out a little bit...

oldmanlincoln said...

The hog or pig is due a lot of respect for his her life. So it should be and is in some cultures. Most people don't stop and think where their food comes from and pigs don't grow on trees.

Vogon Poet said...

I do not like the head so much (hypocritically perhaps) but shall be eager to eat everything else!

Halcyon said...

They often have this in Germany as well. I don't eat pork - but even if I did, I wouldn't like to see my food staring up at me like that. :(

Lisa Wilson said...

It is probably delicious, but I don't think I could eat it with the head in sight.

rdolorin said...

Looks Good!!! Just had some the other day.

the donG said...

one word for this post. just one word! Delisosyo!

Joe Narvaez said...

Wow ansaraaaaaaaaaaaaapppp! Pampabata! hehe

Irina said...

Hilda, it's a real artistic photography. It's frightening for me, but it's good.

thursodailyphoto said...

There's a number of Filopino care workers in Thurso who buy the parts of the pig which no-one dares eat.

HZDP said...

Hi, Hilda, I'm pretty surprised to see this picture...
The whole head of a pig, i only read it on the books and from TV, but I'm sure this is a tradition for some customs for ancient Chinese, I mean, it means some kind of good wishes..

Layrayski said...

Hi Hilda, thanks for the photo. I notice that your photos are of higher resolutions lately. I enjoyed your lechon post. It is my stand that when you're a carnivore know what you are eating. As one commentor mentioned, pigs don't grow on trees or came with plastic.

Ioannis said...

The expression on the pig's head is baffling. It looks so happy!